Does Welfare Reform Help or Hurt

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Melody Stinnett
Professor Scordia
English 098/108
November 5, 2010
Word Count 820
Does Welfare Reform Help or Hurt?
Picture growing up in the inner city, in a home with your mother and possibly other siblings; the only source of income comes at the beginning of each month. The father in most cases not there; you don’t know where he is; one can only imagine. Depending on a source of income that comes once a month, and allowing families to be dependent upon welfare for generations; is wrong. Making it easy for a person to live this way does not help them; it hurt them. There has to be a better way to help people and educate them at the same time so they won’t be a statistic on welfare for years. Welfare Reform is the best solution to make this happen; it focuses on education and employment, which is the best way to help them move away from bondage and to become productive members of society.

In 1996, then President Bill Clinton signed a welfare reform bill that has been successful still to this day. According to KiKi Bradley and Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation, in an article they wrote on February 25, 2010, “How President Obama’s Budget Will Demolish Welfare Reform,” the new funding system will reward states for increasing their welfare caseloads and eliminate federal programs that promote marriages and ultimately stop the programs that assist with education and employment. The decision to undermine any program that can help people to help themselves is wrong and should be reconsidered. Positive motivation is what’s needed in the lower income areas. Going back to the old welfare system, AFDC, (Aid to Families with Dependent Children), is not the way to help; it only allows a person to remain in bondage and not help them. Educating the mothers and fathers is the best way to help the children; after all they are the ones that we are at risk of losing to the streets, and jails, and possibly death.

In an article written by Gary Bauer...
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