There should be some type of work done instead of it just being free money. There are to many people out there that are just living of the government. They know the system and they are playing the "game" to the best of their ability. They need to get out and do something to get that check they get every month.
Ninety-nine weeks of unemployment benefits are too much. Americans who had posh full-time jobs and then lost them don't need government handouts to compensate for lost wages. Instead, Americans should simply go out and get two jobs. If one part time job isn't enough, get a second part time position. If a full time job doesn't make up for unemployment compensation, get a second job to make up for it. America didn't achieve freedom from the British by being lazy or waiting for King George III to give the colonists a handout. The founding fathers took action. Instead of getting money from Uncle Sam, let's start working hard to make this country great again. Fast food chains and retail stores are always hiring.
I believe it is extremely important that a program is in place to make sure that those receiving welfare are actively looking to improve their conditions. Many hard-working middle class people lose money due to taxes that are sent to those on welfare, who often do not do anything but collect free money each month and spend it however they choose.
Welfare should not just be a government handout, they should have to do something for it too, lest they lose it. Even if it's just something like community service, they shouldn't be able to be complacent and do nothing. They should have to do something constructive to keep the money going after a certain period of time. It might get them going in a positive way as well than if they were doing nothing at all.
So I do think the unemployed should need to earn their welfare money somehow, rather than be able to continually get it for nothing.
I dont have knowledge on every states welfare system but I do know that in Texas you are required to have a job in order to receive benefits.
Here is how people get around it:
You dont need to work if you are pregnant.
You dont need to work if your baby daddy actually stuck around, you receive less in fact, or if youre a stay at home parent.
You are disabled to the point that you cant "work". (sometimes a bad leg, back, being fat and having gout,etc).
There are actually programs that pay for your childcare , however, they are selected at the government's discretion and just like those awful clinics they are low quality. Staff is usually rude, residence is filthy, etc. If the government is paying for your cheese i guarantee you its gonna be moldy.
Unless you can milk the system....
People do that by receiving TANF, WIC, SECTION 8/HUD HOUSING, SNAP, SSI, DISABILITY, ETC.
You can get around the biological father bit by just saying hes gone. Who questions single mothers?
You can be a felon and still get welfare because your girlfriend has it.
Gainful employment is 14- 24 hrs a week. I say a much more useful idea would be to drug test and lessen the amount of time they receive benefits.