Public welfare programs ensure everyone"s basic needs are met. Mitt Romney's latest attack on Americans who are 'dependent' on the government is far off the mark. Today, despite tremendous need and massive employment, less than 1 percent of the population is getting cash assistance from the government. From 2007 until now, only an additional half million women and children have received cash assistance. Still, Romney blames President Obama for making it easier for people to be on welfare. In this article, the author argues that Mitt Romney is trying to persuade middle-class Americans who are somewhat well-off financially to side with him on the issue of welfare. Romney believes the welfare program is being used and abused too much by low-income families. Companies haven't been hiring, so the only way these Americans can feed their families is with food stamps. Romney can call that "dependency" if he wants to, but that"s what government is for: "to promote the general welfare," as the preamble to our Constitution states, especially when the private sector is not getting the job done. We have to be honest about our economic reality. Now is not the time to do away with programs that are keeping millions of families afloat.
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Welfare is being "used and abused too much" by those who have created an uneccasary depenadnce on welfare. "When payments continue for several years, a person's skills and understanding of proper workplace behavior are likely to deteriorate. In addition, children who see their parents receiving public assistance instead of working at a traditional job grow up with a distorted sense of what their options for the future will be and thus run the risk of requiring assistance when they start their own families" (Hinders). People become stuck in the welfare system and ultimately depend on the money they recieve. By reciving money without working for it the taxpayers are going to have to pay for those who do not work.
You also say that this program is keeping familes afloat when in reality it is tearing families apart. A single underemployed or unemployed parent will have more assistance and benifts from the welfare program than parents who are both appplying for welfare. The goal of public assistance is to promote stable two-parent homes. Unfortunately, the current welfare system does not usally have this effect. When married the parents added income is often just enough to disqualify them from receiving any welfare assistance. However, if the couple stays unmarried their incomes are not added together. This makes couples not marry so one can go around the system just to gain more money from those who do work hard.
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The reality, however, is that most people are unhappy about having to rely on welfare programs to survive but they have no other choice, especially when they have hungry children to feed. "There is still a stigma attached to being on welfare, so it is not something that everybody would want to admit, especially when there is such an intolerant opinion from certain members of the society." (Pros & Cons of Welfare Program). Mind you, there is some legitimate cause for concern, since there are individuals who do abuse the system and try to take more than they should, which only gives innocent individuals who really need welfare, a bad name. Everyone is entitled to be clothed, housed, fed, and provided with medical care and education. "Welfare programs are supposed to offer a safety net to those who find themselves in a situation where they are unable to buy food or have access to health care facilities. Welfare programs are paid for by taxes that everyone pays" (Pros & Cons of Welfare Program). The system requires that all taxpayers contribute to the support of the needy, and does not allow the selfish and greedy to avoid paying their share. Whether you despise the poor or not, you are going to have to help them.
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With welfare, we are able to give people an opportunity at life that they cannot provide for themselves. "Welfare enables people to become more educated and get better jobs. It strengthens our economy and is essential for society"
(Welfare Information). Yes, welfare is abused by many but the positive effects of welfare strongly outweigh the disadvantages. "The amount of money it costs us to provide welfare in out taxes helps other much more than it effects us negatively" (Welfare Information). We should give to others if it is in our power to do so without sacrificing much.
"Welfare Information." US Welfare System. Web. 21 Oct. 2013.
There are still major problems within the system that need to be fixed for the program to work well. Besides fraud, there is also a problem with the little amount of money given in welfare checks. Christopher Jencks argues, "that even though the recipients lived very frugal lifestyles, the checks could not even pay for a person's monthly rent and utilities. As a result, recipients were finding additional sources of income, but not reporting these additional sources for fear of losing their welfare money" (Jencks). This then leaves the 4 million people on welfare just as desperate as before. The only way most recipients can make ends meet, therefore, is to supplement their welfare checks without telling the welfare department.
Another problem within the welfare system is if someone needs assistance and is unable to find a stable job because he or she lacks basic skills in literacy and mathematics. "There is limited resources available to help recipients develop the skills they need to be independent"(Hinders). This will be an ongoing problem until these issues are addressed.
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Hinders, Dana. "Welfare Pros and Cons." LoveToKnow. Web. 22 Oct. 2013.