The Harmful Effects of Welfare
Americans are living in a decade plagued by inflation, declining stocks, and reduced job opportunities and as a result, making a living has become increasingly difficult for many Americans. As the population increase, jobs become scarce and people without an education or specialized job training may find themselves struggling to secure financial stability. Those who are unable to obtain a job are often left to depend on the government to support them and their families through a program known as welfare. Although welfare was designed as a short term program to help those in need until they can get back up on their feet, welfare has become a program that is abused by many and has the potential to perpetuates a cycle of poverty by those who choose not to work and stay on welfare. Stricter requirements regarding people on welfare seeking employment would help to reduce the number of people receiving welfare and help transition them back towards independence.
The welfare system was designed to be a temporary support system to aide Americans until they reached financial independence. Many Americans have experienced the loss of a job or an unseen event that has had a negative effect on a person’s ability to financially support their family and themselves. When a person is faced with extreme financial hardship, they often turn to the government for financial assistance or welfare. The welfare system was designed during the Great Depression to provide families with financial support during times of extreme poverty. Parents can receive financial support as well as free housing and child care while they seek employment to improve their financial standing. Qualifying people may also receive assistance paying their utilities as well as receiving food stamps to purchase food. The goal of the welfare system is to transition people back into the work environment so that they can be productive and independent citizens. The problem remains that the system that was designed to provide temporary aide to those in need has become a crutch that perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Although people on welfare are currently required to apply for a certain number of jobs per week, people who do not really want to obtain employment can just randomly apply for a job to prove that they are “trying” even though they have no intention of returning to work.
Although there are undoubtedly those who use the system for its intended purpose, there are also those that abuse the welfare system in order to avoid having to work. Parents who have no form of employment and live entirely off of welfare, have a lifestyle that many people feel is distasteful and wrong because most people work hard to earn their money and contribute to society. People receiving welfare are frequently on welfare because of an inability to maintain finances necessary to pay for the items necessary for the person and their family to survive. Perry tells that, “For too many...