Persuasive Essay On Welfare Programs

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45 million Americans with low income rely on at least one of the many welfare programs. Of these government assistance programs, many of them deal with fraud and abuse. “Some cases of government assistance misuse are more blatant than others, but some aid recipients are using sneaky tactics that give other needy Americans a bad reputation” (calonia 1). Clearly, people are abusing the system in order to receive money they do not deserve. This makes it harder for people who need the welfare programs to get the money they need to support a family. Government assistance programs are abused by people who do not want to work for a living. They lie on paper in order to receive money that they, personally, do not need. This causes the government to have less money to supply to families who actually depend on welfare programs. Although government assistance programs do help many people, many others abuse the system in order to receive more money or any money at all, therefore there should be more security in order to receive benefits. Government assistance programs began in the United States in the 1930’s during The Great Depression. “When the great depression hit, many families suffered. It is estimated that one-fourth of the labor force was unemployed during the worst part of the depression” ( During the 1800’s there were many attempts to change how the government dealt with needy families. Some were trying to get the poor to work instead of giving them money. Before The Great Depression, there were many other methods of trying to help the needy families, but because the need was so high during The Great Depression the government really had to step in. This was the beginning of welfare programs as they’re known as tod... ... middle of paper ... ...rograms created then. Welfare programs all have good intentions behind them. They were all created for beneficial reasons. Government assistance is created to support the needy people throughout the country. Many families would not be able to survive without these programs. It is believed that people who use these programs are lazy and do not want to work, but this is not always the case. There are many families in The United States that truly need government assistance programs in order to survive, but there are also people who only use it when they do not deserve to. This gives the families who do need it a bad reputation; because it gives the stereotype that everyone who uses it does not need it. The Government Assistance programs need to have more security in order to receive the benefits so that the people who really need it are the only ones that can get it.
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