What are your thoughts on welfare ....
April 30, 2007 11:48pm CST
Do you believe that welfare is being abused and if so how do you believe this could be prevented ? Do you know of anyone that is abusing the system and how does this make you feel ? What is happening to the people who really need this system because other's are abusing it and how do you believe this is affecting their life ?
3 people like this
• United States
1 May 07
I think that the welfare program or AFDC as it is called today, was a good program when it first began. When it first bagan, it was totally different than it is today. The agency was not set up as a "hand out" service to families. It was set up to help families in need to be able to clothe, feed and support their families by working for government ageacies such as cutting brush along the road and other jobs that the government run. The male head of the family worked in exchange for food and such. I feel that there are still many families who do need the services that the AFDC provides but they are not always able to receive those services. For instance, if you own your home and your land is split by the highway and has two deeds for the land. You do not qualify for assistance because they consider you owning two lots of land and only living on one. Well, if you have no income because you lost your job for whatever reason, you and your family are on your own. While there are many families who receive assistance do in deed need it, there are also families who abuse it and have for years. I think the AFDC as we know it today requires a major overhaul to get the program back in perspective so families who truly just need some help till they get back on their feet again, can be helped.
• United States
2 May 07
Welfare in America began as a program to provide temporary assistance to women and children who needed help getting on their feet financially. Most people were ashamed to be "on the dole" and only took the help until they could support their family's on their own. But somewhere along the way, it became socially acceptable to be on welfare, some recipients even began referring to it as their "paycheck" as though they had earned the money and having more babies when they wanted a "raise." Recipients stayed on the system permanently, their children upon turning 18 applied for their own cases. Soon we had multiple generations of families on welfare. In the 1990s welfare underwent a massive reform, it was renamed TANF -- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. The new name was meant to emphasize the program was not intended as a way of life. Welfare is again going through reform right now. Several new programs are set to roll out by October focusing on job preparation, working in exchange for benefits received, possibly even a short term loan program to help parents pay for the things they need to get back to work -- like transportation and day care -- until they get their first check. Yes, there are abusers out there. Sadly, since many think of it as a right that they are entitled to, they also feel it is ok to lie and misrepresent their situation to become or stay eligible. But more and more we are catching them and prosecuting them. Welfare fraud is a crime and criminal charges are being pursued against the bigger cheaters.