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Welfare Solution

This is my final Rome Problem/Solution project.
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Maddie Weitz

on 28 January 2013

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By Maddie Weitz Welfare Programs Welfare Today Problem Statement: Problem with Welfare in Rome Sources I think that the best way to prevent too many people from joining the welfare program is to create a list of requirements to be in the welfare program. This way, only the people who need it most can be in the welfare program. I also think that the Roman government should keep track of important information about each family. This information could include things such as income, or medical information. This way, the government can decide if the family needs welfare. Many people are joining the welfare program. However, some people joining don't need assistance. Overall, too many people were joining the welfare program. The government did not have enough money to pay for everyone. There was also not enough food. "The Evening Meal - Ancient Rome for Kids." The Evening Meal - Ancient Rome for Kids. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013. <http://rome.mrdonn.org/dinner.html>.

Articlesbase.com. Articlesbase.com, n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013. <http://www.articlesbase.com/economics-articles/will-us-repeat-the-welfare-death-of-the-roman-empire-2430640.html>.

"Welfare Information." US Welfare System. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Jan. 2013.

"Welfare Statistics." Statistic Brain RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Jan. 2013. <http://www.statisticbrain.com/welfare-statistics/>.

"What Is Welfare & How Can It Help You?" What Is Welfare and How Can You Benefit? N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2013. Welfare Program Welfare in Rome Solution! Emperor Trajan began the welfare program. It was soon given the name Annona. Taxes paid for this system. Romans were issued welfare stamps, or tokens, called tesserae. Romans would then bring these to huge government warehouses, to be exchanged for food. It is unknown how the government decided how many tokens were given to each family. They were given wheat, flour bread, and meat on special occasions, with special tokens. Welfare Statistics There are 4,300,000 people on welfare and 46,700,000 people on food stamps. About 4.1% of all Americans are on welfare programs. One the other hand, the government has spent about 131.9 billion dollars and counting on welfare. The welfare system began during the Great Depression in the 1930's under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. At first, the welfare system was federal, but control was given back to the states when Congress passed a reform law signed by President Clinton in 1996. However, the federal government still gives a grant to each state to fund their own welfare program. Eligibility & Abuse Eligibility for the welfare program depends on net income, size of the family, and any crisis situation such as medical emergencies, pregnancy, homelessness or unemployment. However, individuals are abusing the welfare program by not applying for jobs, having more children just to get more aid, or staying unmarried so as to qualify for greater benefits. These are food stamps. This graph shows how the number of people receiving welfare benefits has increased. Thanks for watching! I hope you learned about welfare! This is tesserae. Child welfare is one of many kinds of welfare. Here is another image of tesserae. For example, today, you must either have a low income or a very low income to be eligible for the program. A low income is when your incomes do not exceed 80 percent of the median family incomes in your area. A very low income is when your incomes do not exceed 50 percent of the median family incomes in your area. I think that by creating laws like this, the number of people in the welfare program will decrease. Things to be Considered when Creating Eligibility Laws medical emergencies
net income
medical emergencies
pregnancy
homelessness
unemployment
U.S. Solutions: Eligibility laws *The Roman government tried to help solve the problem by stating a maximum price for food. This way, merchants could not overprice their food, making it hard for plebeians to afford.*
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