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Should the government end welfare in the US?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/24/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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It is my position that welfare is required for a functioning society.


While I feel as though they shouldn't end it entirely, the requirements should be more strict and people on welfare should be required to better themselves. Lots of girls get pregnant JUST to get on welfare. Welfare isn't a help to these people anymore, it's a dependency. And a substitution for real work in the real world.
Debate Round No. 1


Straw man: the preceding argument does not take into account the scope of the welfare spending in the United States. See the overview below.

My opponent has brought up an issue that has been addressed in 1996.

"Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) was a federal assistance program in effect from 1935 to 1996 created by the Social Security Act and administered by the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provided financial assistance to children of single parents or whose families had low or no income

"This program grew from a minor part of the social security system to a significant system of welfare administered by the states with federal funding. However, it was criticized for offering incentives for women to have children, and for providing disincentives for women to join the workforce. In 1996, AFDC was replaced by the more restrictive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program[1]."

Overview of Social Programs[2]
  • 3.1 Social security
  • 3.2 General welfare
  • 3.3 Healthcare spending
  • 3.4 Education spending
  • 3.5 Food assistance
  • 3.6 Public housing



glowingdisco forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2


Expanding on my argument from Round 2

Some people are not able to work for biological reasons. The age of retirement is the cutoff where people are considered too frail to remain in the workforce. Most people with strong careers would rather continue to work. The evidence points to the slowing of the mind, and frailty of the body. Social Security income is necessary to provide for those who are not capable of earning money due to age.

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