3 December 2012
Poverty and welfare has become an alarming problem over the history of America. With a Capitalist economy, citizens of the United States do not have an equal distribution of wealth leaving some very poor. The government gives assistance to those most commonly in the form of welfare or a monthly check providing those in need of funding to ensure their well-being. With an unemployment rate of 7.9% in the United States, the government is providing approximately 131.9 billion dollars (not including food stamps or unemployment checks). Helping the needy is most definitely a responsibility for the U.S Government but there are many people that abuse this system and end up with more money annually from the government than some of our hard-working, professionals that are in turn paying for the people abusing the system, which is wrong. My policy brief will highlight the different types of abuse that the current system of welfare and methods of dealing with poverty is receiving. It will also list a variety of ways to strengthen the program providing more for the truly needy and those that are eager to get back on their feet and earn money the true American way consisting of hard work, time, and dedication. The over all goal for my policy briefing will be to help lead American from becoming a country of entitlements and back to its roots of hardworking, prideful citizens that the founding fathers worked vigorously to establish. Our current policy for welfare and government handouts cannot be continued especially with our alarm debt of over 16 trillion we can no longer afford these massive payouts especially to those that frankly do not deserve it.
Problems With Our Current Welfare System
The United States’ method of providing welfare to those in need is facing problems that are very costly to American citizens and welfare and unemployment make up a...