The Welfare System

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The welfare system, its overall perceptions, and is it really helping everyone that really needs it, and are there those that are abusing it. Who decides who gets coverage, what type of assistance, should there be some sort of drug screening policy, how would we get rid of the welfare abusers, and should we continue to provide aide outside the US, while our citizens are barely getting by? There are upwards of eighty (80) federal welfare type programs available to American citizens and illegal aliens in the United States. When referring to welfare, I am referring in generalization; a few of the major programs are, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Unemployment, Food Stamps, Woman Infants Children (WIC), Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). If we focused on the welfare system cost alone, as the American tax payers are benevolently handing out trillions of dollars, yes, trillions, not billions. The federal government spent upwards of 3.5 trillion dollars last year, 2013, overall. For example, the heritage report exclaims that 45 percent of the federal spending, which is approximately 1.575 trillion dollars, or almost half of all the spending, went towards paying for Social Security and health care entitlements. A large portion of that spending was to directly support Medicare and Medicaid, solely. Based on the class discussions, many believe that there are people abusing welfare, and I would agree, but how do we as a country go about identifying these individuals and preventing it from happening in the future? One approach is to think about these programs from the beneficiary’s perspective and as ourselves, what we could do without, or, could we get by with a little less. Many... ... middle of paper ... ... us Americans two elections ago by our president, and I have yet see any change for the better. I recant, there was change, we have seen a huge spike in spending and an increase is our national debt. Works Cited Murray, Donald Morison. The craft of revision. 5th ed. Boston: Thomson/Heinle, 2004. Print. Lunsford, Andrea A. and Christine M. Tardy. Easy writer: a pocket reference. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004. Print. Boccia, Romina, Alison Acosta Fraser, and Emily Goff. "Federal Spending by the Numbers, 2013: Government Spending Trends in Graphics, Tables, and Key Points." The Heritage Foundation.Version 1. Conservative Policy Research since 1973, n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2014. . "democracy." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, 2014. Web. 7 February 2014.
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