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Should we keep welfare?

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Garrison Clowdus

on 7 October 2014

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Should we keep welfare?
Welfare is the provision of a minimal level of well-being and social support for all citizens, sometimes referred to as public aid. In most developed countries welfare is largely provided by the government, and to a lesser extent, charities, informal social groups, religious groups, and inter-governmental organizations.
What is welfare?
Welfare has the benefit of providing much-needed food, medical care and money to citizens who qualify to receive it.
Since taxes fund welfare, it redistributes wealth across the population.
Welfare also prevents even further social problems by allowing some recipients to maintain their standard of living. For example, unemployed workers who receive an unemployment benefit may be able to keep their homes despite the loss of income, preventing a foreclosure and possible homelessness.
Pros
The biggest disadvantage of welfare is its cost to the local governments that administer it. Even with federal funding, states feel the burden of welfare in each annual budget.
Welfare may encourage some recipients not to seek work, since a rise in income would disqualify them from receiving free benefits.
Welfare also gives people an opportunity for fraud, which occurs whenever someone supplies false information to receive welfare benefits without truly qualifying.
Cons
109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded welfare program.
Only 101,716,000 of those people were employed full-time for the entire year.
Facts
Questions
What are some alternatives for welfare?
Should recipients of welfare be drug-tested?
Should recipients be required to work full-time to obtain welfare?
Works Cited
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/welfare
http://www.usnews.com/debate-club/ould-welfare-recipients-be-tested-for-drugs
https://www.google.com/search?q=charts+for+welfare&biw=1600&bih=751&source
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