• Nothing wrong with welfare.

    People and companies all pay taxes and receive some sort of benefit from the state. Corporations receive bailouts why can't an individual. It's not a place we want to be for long, however if it helps to get a family or a person through a tough period, yes I believe government should provide assistance when needed.

  • The government's purpose is to serve the people, therefore it should ensure its citizens are cared for.

    Why do we really need a government if it serves no benefit to the people? Do not get me wrong I believe everyone should pull their weight in society and not milk the system just for the sake of it, but for people that have really been through hard times and have no other way to survive welfare is essential.

  • Yes they should.

    I do believe that the government should provide welfare. Sometimes people are down on their luck and they shouldn't have to be hunting in garbage cans for something to eat. The government spends so much money on needless things that they could spare a little to make sure that poor people eat.

  • In a limited sense

    There is a difference between welfare and making people dependent on the government. Welfare is often used to buy votes during an election, so it almost always moves in one direction (to be expanded), which is where much of the opposition to the system comes from. Helping people in need is noble; creating a dependence helps nobody.

  • The government should provide welfare for its citizens.

    The government should provide welfare for its citizens. A government should exist to meet the needs for the needs of the people that pay into to its services. If it does not exist for this purpose, then it is not much of a government at all. Welfare is necessary to help people who are temporarily down on their luck.

  • ONLY for those who NEED it.

    Welfare is a subject that I tend to debate a lot with certain people; however, I don't think it should be completely abolished. If someone needs help, by all means, they should get help, and try to maintain it.I just don't think it's right when someone lives off welfare because they have a family and refuse to work.

  • Yes, welfare is the government's responsibility.

    Since we all pay into taxes, there should be welfare programs available to those who run into hard times. It should be limited in time and closely monitored by those who administer the programs to make sure that the right people are getting the help but it should be available.

  • No. The money belongs to the people not the government.

    While charity is admirable, stealing from one to support another is not. My money, which is paid in taxes, is not intended for redistribution. No matter how noble the cause, it will never be moral for someone to take from one individual to help another. Please, if you feel compelled to give away that which you have, to those less fortunate, write a check or make a deposit directly, but don't legislate my morality and generosity. The question for those who oppose my point is simple. What entitles you to that which I have fought for and earned? I am a veteran (multiple OIF and OEF deployments), I own a business, and I have never received an inheritance or otherwise received "assistance;" I have been fortunate, and I give generously to causes that align with my values. I ask no other citizen to give their money to things that don't benefit them. Stop asking me to give you my money; it isn't yours, and you didn't earn it.

  • It makes people lazy

    It is morally unjust to steal compensation from labor from certain individuals just because they have been more successful. Almost everyone in america gets a fair shot at life and just because some people messed that up does not mean we can steal from those who worked hard and put in the hours to be successful. You can just drop out of high school and get checks from the government every week so much easier.

  • It is killing the American Dream

    Government is taking away from the american ideal that was ever present during the first half of the 1900's. When Government welfare was not given out to seemingly everyone, people had to fight to stay alive. That fight increased the economy, national pride, will power, and strength of this nation. The american dream, to be whatever you want to be, is all but dead. Why get a job when you can live off of welfare and do whatever the heck you want? People are too dependent on the government, and the will to survive and succeed is almost dead.

  • No, churches should provide it.

    No, the government should not provide welfare, because churches and other charities can do a much better job of it. Churches can get to know the people they are giving welfare, and they can do a better job offering them credit and job counseling. They can help vet for fraud and other abuses. The government should not provide it because the church can do a better job.

  • Welfare is no safety net, it's a hammock!

    Welfare, the moment it is created, creates a way of having bums take from the producers, by their act of failing to find work. They will usually be single mothers, with a father that ditched, whose children will become just as irresponsible. Look at Greece. End of story. 35% disability for pyros and pedos... That is disgusting.

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