Welfare should be given to the most needy of people. Some people just naturally are in better positions, and sometimes it is jot your fault if your company goes under. People need help. And if you say they are abusing the system, only % of recipients are abusing it and they are not the average prison. Plus you'll say they don't work, to get on a lot of the government assistance programs you must have a job. And the " free phones" they provide are old flip phones with 7 hours a month.
Since LBJ's presidency, the United States has spent $15 trillion on welfare, yet it has done absolutely nothing to alleviate the poverty rate. [Cato, http://tinyurl.com...]. Public works and job-training programs are more effective means of reducing poverty because they give people the skills to succeed. [Fisher, http://tinyurl.com...]. Also, using the money to create a government "grant" program (similar to Kickstarter) for funding smart business ideas would create more jobs.
Lots of people go to these job-training programs, but increasing your skills does not mean there are any more jobs available. According to ed.gov going to job-training programs it leads to you getting lower wages. There are not a lot of these programs available or they can not go. Unless you have been there, like me and my mom currently, you won't see how hard it is and how it keeps you functioning. Also, you can create rolling taxes; the more money you earn the more, not by much, more tax pay.
My opponent concedes that the problem is a lack of jobs. Welfare is not the solution to that. Government works projects (like those during the New Deal) and a "grant" program to help kickstart small businesses is the real solution. If you went back to LBJ's day, do you think it would be more effective to spend $15 trillion on welfare or on government works programs and Kickstarter-type campaigns? Obviously the latter. Vote Con to spend taxpayer money wisely; let private charities fill the void.
Reasons for voting decision: Pro refutes much of her own case in admitting that factors beyond what welfare can solve are primarily responsible for the United States' economic hardships. Meanwhile Con shows us that welfare is overly expensive and that its alternatives are more effective. Neg vote.
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