July 25, 2008 1:52pm CST
Respectfully... Welfare began in the 1930s with the Great Depression being the reasoning...But before that churches distributed what they could in the form of charity. On August 18th, 1935 welfare became a Federal responsibility. In August of 1996, then President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, with this President Clinton returned most of the welfare system responsibility to the states by helping recipients move from welfare to work. On abusers of the system: There are always going to be people who will try to get over on the system, whatever that may be and where ever...Remember some people have no scruples, conscience, or principles and this has been since the beginning of time as we know it. On the ones who drive around in Lexus, mustangs, etc. we must remember that when you walk into a car dealership, one is at their mercy and their main goal is to sell, sell, sell...it doesn't matter to who or in many ocasions even if ones credit is nonworthy...they will find a way to put you in the car of your choice...for the commission!! And the individuals who are corrupt won't live long to enjoy the fruits of OUR labor and if they do, it won't be a good life, believe me, I truly believe that what goes around comes around...And this too shall pass!! But remember that for every corrupt individual, there are a pelephara of children hoping upon hope that they will be fed and clothed today. It is really a sad, sad situation especially when you see children with (pardon me) snot running down their tiny noses and looking so unkempt while the parent or parents are wearing the Prada and carrying Burberry bags, UGH...this truly upsets me... So before anyone judges Welfare and its reasons for being, please think of these poor children...and there are also legit people who are in need of a bit of help. ~G~
• United States
25 Jul 08
I agree with you, not everyone on welfare is cheating the system, in fact most of the honest ones have a very hard time making ends meet and finding a place to live on the amount they receive. But, stereotypes are more interesting than straight facts. I saw so much poverty and dispair when I lived in Maryland and when I drove into D.C. so I know first hand that the cheaters who are getting over on the system and living the good life are few and far between.