As more people are victims of job cuts and the downturn in the economy, social services for the poor are vital to the survival of the existing and newly poor. It is the government's responsibility to provide these services to the citizens of our country during this economic depression. Current social services are not meeting the demand for help.
Its hard to live in a world for some people from my point of view. Some of the homeless have helped us you may just not noticed but they have in some kind of way. I am 15 years old and If I could and had the support I would help the homeless.
How is it fair for some people to be hungry, freezing on the street, miserable and tired, sleeping on the sidewalk? Even the parks are closed after dark. Wild animals all have homes and a place to hide, rest and store things, but a person never raised to survive in the wild, who is rejected by a society that can take your home, must now go live in the forest. It's bad enough your life is spent paying for a home if you're lucky enough to be a socially acceptable slave.
People act surprised if a homeless person says something intelligent. Well the sad thing is if you have no one to throw you a rope once you hit rock bottom, then the sidewalk becomes your home. I believe it is hoarding, withholding and abuse for rich people to stock pile money and it just sits there or is wasted on more overpriced luxuries, while some people are dying because of no money. Our country used to have a law "no innocent bystanders". America really needs to look at how much or what they and do contradict themselves. Thanks, Nikki Fetchen.
I think the U.S. should continue to support those in poverty, one because they do not have the resources themselves to aid their journey out of poverty. Secondly, the ones that say no the government should work on schools, roads, and other public aspects to society...what good does all that do if people do not have the money to attend the schools, buy cars for the roads and the like. If we did not help, people would die on the streets from hunger and tragic things would happen like you see in other countries where their government does not lend a helping hand.
The strength in a country is how it takes care of it's two weakest people(s): the young, and the elderly. Tis the saying in our political science program. The notion of NOT having a social saftey net, or a social floor in which to fall on to would make us no different than an Islamic state. I do not want to be said islamic state I think we're better than that. So yes, provided it is within reason, we should continue to assist them, especially after the economy tanked so hard.
Why is there a need to ask about that? For foreigners our country is a happier one with no hunger there to kill people. But still many are dying due to starvation, or change of climate. Its hard to believe that there are many in our streets who just do not have a dress to wear. Then how would he able to withstand the cold climate which passes off this country every year
Yes, I agree the US government should increase the social services for the poor. Social service is define as subsides given by government on food, medicine and the basic necessities for the poor. Almost one sixth of American population are poor. The US government should increase the social services in order to avoid any social problems in the future. I feel that the poor people of any country are the most neglected people in the world.
I feel that Americans should increase social services for poor people, I feel that there is nothing wrong with the government being in charge of the aid, although I do feel that there needs to be stricter policies and rules to it. i do feel that if we are providing aid to the poor whom claim they cannot get a job, that they should have to volunteer in parts of their community such as cleaning up parks, helping with the roads, picking up the trash from the sides of the roads, help at their local schools during the summer time helping the custodial staff. all of these acts would be similar to having a job; they would be getting aid from government while still earning it. I feel that the government aid should get monitored very closely as to how the families use every last penny. Everyone deserves the opportunity at a chance of life, the poor are people too. so please try to help them so they can get government aid to.
The US Government should absolutely increase social services for the poor. For all those people who believe that the poor use the money for things that are not helpful, although some of them don't, many of them do. A possible solution is for the government to send out update forms for the the people receiving social service checks, and they would then have to fill out the update form and include their receipts. If they don't fill out the form, or aren't using the money well, then they will stop receiving checks completely.
In today's hard economic times, the government should do as much as they can to ensure their citizens are taken care of. Nowadays, with the economy unstable, and jobs hard to come by, many people need a helping hand. The government should assist and provide help to those in need.
in grade school when you were just a child, didn't everyone experience a time when they had a snack or toy that was cool or fun and a friend nearby did not? how did you feel as a child knowing that you were enjoying your stuff while your friend was in need? before all the politics and selfish tendincies you were taught as an adult.....think
Social services are the backbone of our democracy. The idea that America is the "land of opportunity" stems from our country's history as an immigrant nation and the support our government has provided to newcomers to the country and to those less fortunate living here. The widening gap between the rich and the poor in our country is very troubling and I feel that our government is responsible for providing for the less fortunate among us.
By cutting social services to the poor, the government forces the poor to fend for themselves, or burdens their families with having to provide for them. In a bad economy such as this, with high unemployment and high food costs, the overall quality of life for everyone is reduced. A poor person without a family to help them will beg or steal and be a nuisance to society. A poor person forced to rely on their family reduces the family's ability to provide for their own selves, and can produce a chain reaction of poverty.
what about those homeless elderly people and the children as well as those who are disabled. Many vets have been cut from their branch of the military and essentially kicked to the curb because they have become obsolete. Would you prefer to see those who have done noting wrong cant do anything wrong or fought for your freedoms stay homeless and wonder how they will live
I feel that America should increase social services for the poor, I feel that there is nothing wrong with the government being in charge of the aid, although I do feel that there needs to be stricter policies and rules to it. I do feel that if we are providing aid to the poor whom claim they cannot get a job, that they should have to volunteer in parts of their community such as cleaning up the parks, helping with the roads, picking up the trash from the sides of the roads, help at their local schools during the summer time helping the custodial staff. All of these acts would be similar to having a job; they would be getting aid from the government while still earning it. I feel that the government aid should get monitored very closely as to how the families use every last penny. Everyone deserves the opportunity at a chance of life, the poor are people too.
The government should help the poor because many people cant help themselves due to them having a disability, having been laid off or having a severe illness. Some people just need a little help to get by in this cold-hearted cruel world. Many people feel that they just cant make it and feel bad.
Social services for the poor must be increased to ensure that the nation can be legitimately considered a first world country. In order to actually fulfill that statement, poverty stricken individuals should not be driven out of their homes or starve in what is considered a first world country. Especially given the state of the economy where no one is truly safe from the possibility of adversity.
This is something i can not get through my head. How can some people be so against the poorer America. Shouldn't we be helping each other? How can some of you live with yourself knowing you want to take away food and benefits from children, women , and yes even working people. This country does no have enough jobs for everyone to "get off their ass " and get one. Its not that easy,if not for the government helping death rate would be up, there would be more homeless children included. I dont see how people do you want to help each other. Especially when some call themselves Christians. "Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, 'Here's a good seat for you,' but say to the poor man, 'You stand there' or 'Sit on the floor by my feet,' have you not discriminated among yourselves and becomes judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom He promised those who love Him? But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?" James 2:2-6
The government should support the poor because, without that, a huge chunk of the economy would go under. While the poor, yes, are poor, they still spend money, they still work, and ultimately, they still contribute to the economy. And if the government were to remove their help, those would not be able to function on their own, sufficiently. They could not support themselves and their families. They could not provide what they could to the economy as effectively as they could with government support.
In addition to this, the government has a constitutional obligation to help the poor. In the Preamble of the Constitution, it states that was must, "promote the general welfare" and "secure the blessings of liberty." The United States government must promote the general welfare and help out those who truly need it. They must also secure the blessings of liberty so that those less fortunate than most of the population may continue to thrive in our society.
Finally, yes, it is said that some people take advantage of the government funding. However, this number is not significant enough to warrant the deconstruction of a government program that helps more than it hurts. According to a 2002 study from the Department of Labor, "1.9% of total UI payments for that year, was attributable to fraud or abuse within the UI program." So clearly, if less than 2% is registered fraud, then it's not worth destroying a government program that helps a lot of people.
Government provided social services have their place in helping people get back on their feet and reestablish themselves. Unfortunately when the poor become dependent on those services a learned helplessness takes place that creates a lower class that is perpetuated between generations. Increasing social services only feeds a system that is woefully broken and undermines the ability of the poor to care for themselves.
Obviously we should, because poor people will die without their needs being fulfilled. We need to let them have what they need, and maybe we wont be pestered by all those people on the side of the rode. We will know if thy are an impostor because all the poor get what they need, however, i think they need to be put into a job, forced to work to gain food, money, etc. Lets just get them off the street, help them get back on their feet, and move on with our wonderful world. Europe helps all their people, and nobody is homeless there!!!
In some countries (even in Europe!) people die on the streets from hunger without anyone care. If the poor's only chance is the government's help to get started, we can't afford to not help them a bit. And the number of poor people - and their children too increasing from year to year. I do think that they (the poor) should and must take care of themselves, but we must help them at least to get started.
The United States is a country of wealth and abundance. There is no need for anyone to go without life's basic necessities. And the fact that there are so many sheds a negative light on the government. The government should do everything in it's power to ensure that no one goes without things like food, water, shelter, heat, and clothing.
Especially in trying economic times like the United States is experiencing now, it is important for the government to provide social services for the poor. Additionally, the number of Americans falling into deeper poverty is most likely growing as more and more Americans lose their jobs, and quite possibly their homes, the government must step in to assist Americans in troubled times.
Creates more dependency on the rich, allowing the poor to do less and less now they know they don't need to work. The majority of the poor serve as parasites to democracy, allowing for politicians to feed more and more welfare to the least productive sector of society. As a result, Why can't the most productive sector receive tax breaks for all the jobs they helped create through their "greedy"actions?
Caring for those in need should be the job of the people, not the government. If other citizens, churches or other private organizations took the burden of caring for others, they could look at cases much more personally and those in need could probably get much more benefits catered to there own need. The government could then focus there own efforts on improving the infrastructure of America, as in the schools, roads, and other public variables.
Our government does not have the responsibility to help the poor. That is OUR job as "neighbors" and the church's job via our tithes and offerings. The problem is, government has been slowly taking that role away from us over the past several generations. Nearly 80% of Americans call themselves Christians. How many of us tithe? How many of us give additional offerings? If government stepped out of the way, was limited to it's Constitutional role, and didn't confiscate nearly half our income (income tax, social security tax, unemployment tax, sales tax, utility tax, gasoline tax, property tax, investment & savings tax, gift tax, hidden "tax" of inflation, death tax), first, there would be fewer poor, and second, there would be plenty of help available to the poor. "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:6-8). Government has stolen some of that cheer from us.
The government cannot give wealth to someone without first taking it from someone else.
-You are naturally the owner of your body and abilities.
-When you use your body and your ability to meet an end, you are doing labor.
-Because you are the owner of the inputs of this function of labor, you are consequently the owner of the output benefits.
If someone, in this case, someone 'poor', does not own any input (body, abilities, time, materials, etc) to your labor, they do not own any output to it either.
And since the government cannot give wealth (the output benefits of labor) to someone without taking from someone else, such an action requires the forcible acquisition of wealth from someone who has earned the benefits of their labor, to someone who has not. This is stealing.
I absolutely believe that the elderly, children, and the disabled should receive government assistance. These people are not physically capable of taking care of themselves or providing for themselves. However, I cannot say how many times I have witnessed the abuse of these funds by the people receiving them. If people are well enough to volunteer, they are well enough to find a job. The job they find may not be glamorous, but it is a start. If that is what it takes to get them out of poverty then they should take responsibility for themselves. I have seen billboards for large companies that are trying to find workers. The problem being that the people who apply cannot pass the drug tests requred to receive a job. This is not the fault of the government, it is that of the individual who made the choice to take the drugs. It is the role of the government to provide for the people who cannot provide for themselves, not to continue to support those who choose not to. By giving these people more money we are not helping them to get out of poverty. Why look for another job when you are getting free money? We should not cut back on these funds, but we absolutely should not increase them. We need to be much more strict in the monitoring of the money we are handing out. Drug tests should be administered to each person who is receiving the money, maybe that will provide them with some initiative to get a job.
I believe that, given the current financial plight of the country, it is currently unwise to increase spending on social services. Instead, it should be possible to focus on ways that the current money, which has already been allocated, could be better spent. One could form a committee or task group to work on this task.
Foodstamps and homeless shelters are some examples. The expanded Medicare program leaves no reason why a lower income family should not have health care. I think it is the poor's responsibility to take advantage with what they have and to use those outlets to get them back on their feet.
Why should the goverment give our hard earned tax money to those who chose to live that way? I mean I would like for my money to go into paying the military. Not lazy people. Who spend their money on drugs and such. The goverment is supose to protect us.. Not wast our money.
We already have welfare and social services, why do we need to increase it? The people who receive welfare and other social services are typically free from government aid after two years. This shows us that it works! There is no logical reason to change something that is not broken.
Welfare for the disabled is appropriate, but increasing social services for the poor in general is not a good idea. We need to create jobs and income for people to help themselves instead.
"During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence: 1. From bondage to spiritual faith. 2. From spiritual faith to great courage. 3. From courage to liberty. 4. From liberty to abundance. 5. From abundance to complacency. 6. From complacency to apathy. 7. From apathy to dependence. 8. From dependence back into bondage." -Alexander Tyler The more we become dependent on the government, the more control the government has on us.
the government should not increase social services for the poor. some may say that it may be shameful to not help lower income families and individuals when there is so much wealth in the nation, which is the case to a certain extent. although there are very deserving people of services that will aid them through their hardships due to the economy and job lay offs, what seems to be the majority of the recipients of welfare and food stamps are the scum of this country that are breaking the law, in and out of jail, and have no intention of improving themselves simply because they think they don't have to because there is no end in sight of their government checks they get every month to live on.
The further we move away from the natural order of survival of the fittest, the faster we will implode and turn to anarchy.
I hate to say it, but life's not fair. If you can't figure out how to bring your own worth to the table, then what's the point.
If a family or community chooses to help some one of less fortune, then that is great. I'm all for it. But this burden shouldn't be put onto other people just because the government says so.
I'm disgusted by how people are these days.
I have learned from my observation of my friends who are currently receiving social services. Although welfare and such services have limiatation on them. There are people who really need welfare, in the other hand there are people who abuse that. People who abuse them are often lazy and irresponsible.
I feel that the US Government is putting in too much money as it is into social services. They do not have a proper way of managing what they have now and because of it the funding is mismanaged. Doing a complete revamp would allow them to open up funding so that it would go to the people who really need it.
"For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: if anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat." 2 Thessalonians 3:10
If the poor want to have a better life, they should work harder to advanced their position in life. A society doesn't run on everyone having the same standard of living. It isn't the governments job to steal from the rich, who have worked hard for their wealth, and give to those unwilling to work.
No, the US Government should not increase social services for the poor because they don't have any money and it would put the country and its people into even more debt which we will never be able to repay. Social services have been around for over 60 years and it hasn't helped.
I do believe that there should be services to help people who need it. I also believe that there are a lot of lazy people, living off the system. I think government on all levels should do better at work fair, not well fair. I think there should be mandatory drug testing also. The said part is, that if these things did happen. Crime would go up.
Some people go into poverty because they messed up in life. Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, gambling, etc. I'm doing research on this for a school essay, and more than half the people who are in poverty now are in poverty because of something stupid they did. Hence, I don't think government should provide any more support for people in poverty. What they have now is enough. No more, no less.
While providing more social services for the poor seems like a good idea, I think the bigger issue is why is there such a huge division between the wealthy and the poor. I believe it is because we allow the wealthy to exploit the poor by charging too much for healthcare and paying wages that are too low. The gross disparity in pay between the highest paid and the lowest in most companies is disgraceful. We should instead focus on raising wages and providing universal healthcare.
Why do we have to give are hard EARNED money to the people we all know can get a job, and pay for things themselves. Instead of living off the government all their lives! People take advantage of the social services all the time. And I do not think that it's right. We are just wasting our (tax) money on people who can take care of themselves instead of us taking care/helping them!
I believe instead of taking the path of increasing taxes on everyone the government needs to lower taxes so that companies and other small business owners can create jobs to offer the poor. Lets not give people fish lets teach them to fish. We need to give inspiration to get a job and not give hand outs. This includes citizens and immigrants as well.
I do feel that maybe some help is needed along the way to get folks started. Help with child care transportation etc. Discounts or what ever it maybe. I also feel health care needs to be addressed in some way to control cost no matter what that means. We need to face the facts that it is beyond the poorest amongst us to be able to have affordable health care that does not take every dime me make either in premiums or co-pays or what the health plan will not cover, but I think we can all agree that it would be better to have to pay a little instead of all the needs of the poor. I also feel most of us want a job and to provide for ourselves and family first and foremost.
Yes, I think we should increase social services for the poor because they make up this nation just as mush as the rich. If we see our nation falling apart who are we not to be concerned and make a change, our government should do everything vital to make sure our people are taken care of.
While it is generally a good thing to help out poor people, the government shouldn't force you to. No one should be coerced into doing "good", because that's stealing from them to help out someone else. People should feed the hungry, people should clothe the naked, but the government shouldn't use guns to steal money from people and give it to the poor.