Welfare Reform Should Require Recipients to Work

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The number of Americans taking part in the welfare system today has hit 12 million, an all-time high, proving its significance in government. Americans not on welfare complain about the unfairness it causes, but have yet to propose a better plan. Changing these government assistance programs sounds easier than it really is, because while it may rid of those who take advantage of the free money, it also leaves plenty of helpless Americans to fend for themselves. In a society where Americans are compensated for idleness through government social programs, there exist many ecclesiastical institutions striving to reclaim dependent Americans by teaching self-reliance using more organized and functional welfare programs, from which the United States government and people would greatly benefit. The U.S. welfare system was designed with fair intentions, but has since been abused by indolent yet capable Americans. While some welfare groups existed previous to the Great Depression, this was when the major welfare programs began. According to Fred I. Greenstein of Princeton University, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established multiple government assistance programs under his “New Deal” coalition, offering public service employment to families without other sufficient work (78). In an attempt to stimulate the economy, FDR created what is considered his major accomplishment as president. During the Presidency of Bill Clinton, reforming welfare became a priority, and because of the republican ideas Clinton borrowed, thousands of people were able to find work (Barbour 242). Both presidents made incredible attempts at only creating a welfare system that works, but listening to the voices of the people and fixing the glitches. Under Preside... ... middle of paper ... ...ica the Dependent.’” Investor’s Business Daily. 28 Oct. 2013: A11. Regional Business News. Web. 15 Nov. 2013 “Library: The Principle of Subsidiarity and the ‘Welfare State’ – Catholic Culture.” www.CatholicCulture.org. N.p. 2009. Web. 15 Nov. 2013. Pomeroy, Ann. “Welfare-to-Work: A Work in Progress.” HR Magazine 2(2008):34. eLibrary. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. Schaefer Riley, Naomi. “A Welfare System That Works.” www.Philanthropyroundtable.org. Philanthropy Roundtable, 2013. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. “Welfare and Self Reliance.” www.mormonnewsroom.org. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints, 2013. Web. 15 Nov. 2013. “welfare state.” Hutchinson Encyclopedia. 2011. eLibrary. Web. 15 Nov. 2013. Whelchel, Hugh, and Anne Bradley, PhD. “Why Welfare Should Respect the Dignity of Work.” www.tifwe.org. Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, 2013. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.
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