Welfare Reform in the United States
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This paper discusses the failure of our current system to alleviate poverty and to create incentives for welfare recipients to work. The paper argues that new approaches are needed; the paper identifies the necessary features of a program that will encourage a higher proportion of the population to support itself through work. According to this paper, the issue of welfare reform serves as a smoke screen to avoid admitting that, while there are a number of positive aspects about our free-market capitalist system, there is a downside; the poverty and economic vulnerability.
From the Paper:"Welfare, as we know it, has been around since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The federal government assumed responsibility for the welfare of the able-bodied poor. Decades later, in the 1960s, activists for recipients of benefits spoke of welfare rights, and in the 1980s, the right of the poor to welfare was translated to an entitlement.
"Government reformers seeking to change behavior among the poor have more often been frustrated. In the 1960s, social engineers of the left promised to end poverty by spending more to combat it. The social engineers of the right now push the opposite tactic. Then and now, reformers offer more hope than evidence to support their visions. Many veterans of past welfare wars say it's naive to believe Washington can fiddle with incentives so effectively that teens change."
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