Poverty and Welfare in America

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Welfare in America

Econ 3150.001 Fall 2010
Economics of Discrimination

This paper will discuss welfare in America. Being from California and living there for 21 years, I have seen many minority groups struggle, including blacks from central LA, and Hispanics legal and non-legal in San Diego, and across Southern California. I am curious to explore how much taxpayers pay for service programs and welfare in our country as a whole, and will be taking the side of limiting welfare or requiring more strict rules to qualify and continue these service programs, or requiring repayment.

It is said that about 1 in 8 Americans live in poverty or about 12.5 %.of the population. ( Bernadette D. Proctor) That means there are about-----------Americans on welfare today. Where does that funding come from? It comes mainly from tax payer dollars—the hard working citizens of America. Today it takes little to qualify for assistance and takes little to continue receiving assistance in some form. As a result, I see a need for serious welfare reform. I believe there needs to be more strict rules to qualify for assistance, stricter requirements to remain on assistance such as work programs, and in most cases the repayment of assistance in one way or another. Currently each state receives approximately $16.5 billion annually from the federal government to fund welfare programs. (welfareinfo.org) “Almost two thirds of welfare recipients will be on the welfare rolls for more than 8 years during their lifetime” (Republican study committee, “The War on the Poor”) First, there are many types of welfare programs such as, but not limited to,: Food Stamps, Medicaid, Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC), Women with Infants and Children (WIC), HUD homes programs and Supplemental Security Income or cash assistance. Children and truly impoverished people need the welfare system, but currently the requirements to qualify...
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