Throughout the world there is an ongoing debate whether or not all forms of government welfare should be abolished. Welfare is a government program that provides money, medical care, food, housing, and other things that people need in order to survive. People who can receive help from these welfare programs are children, elders, the disabled, and others who cannot support their families on their current income (1). There are several reasons why welfare should be eliminated; however, there are also a number of reasons why welfare should be retained.
Over 4.1% of the American population is on government welfare. Almost 13 million people are on welfare, 47 million on food stamps, and 6 million on unemployment insurance (2). A lot of these people commit welfare fraud every year and some of them rarely get caught. The welfare system is way too easy to cheat. "It is very easy," agreed Kate Hogan, Warren County District Attorney. According to law enforcement it's been spiraling out of control and it's costing you money. A lot of it. The amount counties spend each year on social services is staggering. In Warren County, the annual budget is roughly 150-million dollars. 44 percent of that or more than $65 million pays for public assistance programs like welfare and food stamps. And police say, a big chunk of that goes to people who aren't eligible (3). I personally know people who cheat the welfare system. They say that there job caused them an injury and now they can’t work because of it. They are reaping the benefits of the welfare system they don’t deserve yet no one catches them.
Now taxpayer are no longer helping the poor but also subsidizing the lives of welfare recipients at a better rate than their own. The Senate Budget Committee has released a report showing households living below the poverty line and receiving welfare payments are raking in the equivalent of $168 per day in benefits which come in the form of food stamps, housing,...
...Women and the History of Social Welfare
Social welfare, what is it? The term social welfare is an organized public or private social service for the assistance of disadvantaged groups of people. Social welfare has been a part of society since 1792 B.C. by King Hammurabi of Babylon and has continued to expand and help millions of people ever since. Many people have benefited from social welfare, although women but especially colored women have gained so much from the programs enacted by the federal government. The claim that the more progress we make, the worse it is for our society is not something that is evident to be true in terms of the progress and history of social welfare.
The history of social welfare was been well documented. The earliest form of social welfare dates back to 1792 B.C.; even in ancient times rulers had a need to help their constituents. There are numerous examples of social welfare, many dating back to B.C. In 1792 B.C. King Hammurabi of Babylon, came up with the code of Hammurabi. The code was the fundamental law regulating the government; it obtained the earliest record trials that had people accused of crimes and the accuser having to come up with evidence. King John of England, in 1215 A.D., in establishing the Magna Carta was another ancient example of social welfare. The...
...Welfare: Who does it benefit?
What happens if someone was to lose their job? What happens if there is not enough money at the end of the month? What happens if someone does not have enough money to feed their children? Luckily, there is a program that can help these people that fit in these categories. The name of this program is called The Welfare Reform. Being on welfare is nothing to be ashamed of. Many people feel that welfare benefits the poor, but that is not true at all. Welfare benefits those who are in need of it. In today’s economy, millions of former CEOs, presidents of companies, and business owners are now suffering severe pay cuts. Now, they may not be able support their families financially like they use to. They might have to turn to being on welfare to help their families. This example shows that welfare not only helps the less fortunate, but it helps everyone in need. My primary focus of this paper is to illustrate how welfare helps everyone, and it is nothing to be embarrassed about.
Welfare Reform: The Untold Story was a very informative article about the use of the welfare reform. This article discussed the problems with the welfare legislation. It talks about how some people are abusing the welfare system. Also, it talks about how the welfare system has helped other...
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Social Welfare in America
Social welfare is the well being of a society. It is concerned with the quality of life. Several factors contribute to social welfare, such as the quality of the environment, level of crime, extent of drug abuse, availability of essential social services and religious and spiritual aspects of life. Today there are many different types of social welfare programs that reach out to those who are in need of help. Many of those in who are in need of help are the unemployed, disabled, and poor. Social welfare programs have been around in America for many years and have helped many people, although many people also view social welfare as a disadvantage to many Americans, mainly those who are employed and working hard. (“The History of Welfare”, US Welfare System)
Over 100 years ago, John Stuart Mill wrote an essay “On Liberty” and his essay he stated “Energy and self-dependence are as likely to be impaired by the absence of help as by its excess.” (Mill) Many people disagreed with this statement, due to their belief that many of the people receiving help from social welfare will eventually become dependent upon the programs rather than achieve independence from the help they are receiving. “They will point to the fact that today in America there are almost 5-1/2 million...
...As of 2011 there are 4.3 million Americans on welfare and using 131 billion dollars that come from the tax payers. Welfare has been a hot issue in the United States for a while and a common debate is whether citizens that qualify for welfare should be drug tested or not. Most Americans agree that some sort of support system for citizens that are struggling financially is a good idea and can help some get back on their feet. Others will argue that many people on welfare abuse their privileges to fund their substance abuse and misuse the taxpayer’s money. My own view is that people should have to pass a drug test in order to receive these government handouts and prevent habitual users from abusing these privileges.
Welfare is a federally funded program that gives monetary assistance to citizens who have little to no income. The United States welfare system began back in the 1930’s, during the Great Depression, era due to an overwhelming amount of families that were struggling to get by. Still today there are millions of people barely making by during these tough economic times. Citizens can apply for different types of welfare including social welfare, corporate welfare, child welfare to name some of the most popular. On these types of welfare people can receive different types of aid such as health...
...My Perspective's on Social Welfare
For a long time now, since the accomplished formation of a stable government, the United States has had the programs and laws that either dealt with issues of the family. Many of these "family" programs and laws currently that are currently in place today are frequently and commonly debated. One of the most debated and most labored over "family" program is welfare and whether or not the program should be cut or eliminated all together.
Welfare is a government program that provides money, medical care, food, housing and other things that people need in order to survive. People who receive help from these programs are children, elders, disabled, and other who cannot support their families on their current income. Another name that is often used for welfare is public assistance. The funding from the government helps many people who live below the poverty line, an income level that is established for families. If your income falls below this set line then you will be eligible for assistance from the government.
There are about sixty public assistance programs that assist poor people in the United States. Most people receive help through one of the four major programs. These programs are Medicaid, Aid to families with dependent
children, Social Security, or Supplemental Security, or the public housing program....
...law, thus fulfilling his campaign promise to "end welfare as we know it." The PRWORA changed both the substance and administration of the national welfare system. The act eliminated the prior welfare system, which had been attacked for decades by policy-makers, the press, and the public for increasing government spending while making the poor dependent on government charity.
The stated purposes of the PRWORA were to reduce welfare dependency and out-of-wedlock births and to encourage the formation of two-parent families. In line with these goals, the PRWORA required welfare recipients to work within two years of receiving assistance, and it put a five-year lifetime limit on the receipt of benefits. It also ended the entitlement status of welfare benefits. In addition, the act made other, less publicized changes to several social welfare programs, both restricting the availability of benefits (making it harder for disabled children to qualify for assistance, limiting eligibility for food stamps, denying welfare benefits to most legal immigrants) and strengthening programs that aid children (reorganizing and increasing funding for child care, toughening the enforcement of rules for child support).
In addition to the act's primary emphasis on putting welfare recipients to work, the PRWORA also radically altered the way...
Religion & Social Welfare Policy.
Role of Religion in SWP history and currently.
Religion and Social Welfare
Role of Religion
The dictionary defines charity as a voluntary activity, donating money, property or service’s to the needy for general social betterment. (thefreedictionary.com) Charity through Christianity in the New Testament is considered the largest form of love. It is manifested through an unselfish love of ones fellow man (Corinthian 1:13.) In Hebrew the Tzedakah refers to charity as giving to those in need. The word Tzedakah referring to justice, kindness, ethical behavior. Judaism considers charity to be an act of justice it holds that people in need have a legal right to food, clothing and shelter. This must be honored by the more fortunate people. In Judaism, it is unjust and illegal for Jews to not give charity to those in need. It is obligatory self-taxation, rather than voluntary donation.
The Torah commands Jews to give 10% of their earning to the poor every 3rd year. (Deuteronomy 26: 12), and an additional percentage of their income annually, (Leviticus 19:9-10.) The Old Testament law commanded tithe through (Leviticus 27. 30, numbers 18:21-28, Deuteronomy 12:16-17) 10% of your income to the church. The Old Testament law required multiple tithes. Israelites were required to give approximately 25% of their income. In Islam the act of charity (Zakah) is a part of the five...
Child Hunger and Welfare in America
October 12, 2013
Some people said that the United States is a "children's paradise." However, poor families and children are not so fortunate, and many of them are suffering from hungry. The effect of childhood hunger is terrible, whatever in the aspect of physical and mental, future development or education. President Obama in the presidential campaign and after winning has vowed to “eliminate child hunger phenomenon by 2015” (The Food Research and Action Center.org.2009). To achieve this goal, the U.S. non-governmental anti-hunger organizations wrote a report discussing the reason behind child hunger in the United States, and what measures should be taken to improve the situation. They want the government to promote economic development and create more employment opportunities. They also asked to expand the free meals plans at the school, weekends and summer vacation. And the government has promoted many welfare and programs which benefit the needy children. The public and government need to combine together, know the cruel reality clearly and fight with hunger for children.
The current situation and the facts in feeding children are in very danger. “According to the report from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 15.9 million children (under eighteen) need insecure households on food in the America...