The Welfare System and Drug Abuse

Topics: Unemployment, Welfare, President of the United States, United States, Conditional Cash Transfer, Welfare fraud / Pages: 5 (1734 words) / Published: Oct 20th, 2014
Last year, I started my first real summer job. I had to attend orientation, complete a physical and submit a drug test. All of these were requirements for me to obtain my job. If I were to fail my drug test, I would not have been able to obtain employment in order to weed eat all day, as this is ultimately what my job consisted of. Of course I passed my drug test, but I find it very aggravating that I, in order to be able to weed eat all day, had to supply a drug test when there are people who are getting free money from the government and they do not. It is my opinion, that everyone who is receiving any kind of assistance from the government should have mandatory drug testing done. In 1935, President Roosevelt signed the signed the Social Security Act of 1935, as a result of the Great Depression (LeVert). By signing this Act, President Roosevelt made the government responsible for the well being of its citizens. However, the welfare system, as we know it today, didn’t actually take force until 1960-1973. It was during this time that the programs that already existed under President Roosevelt to get people out of poverty, were not actually working. There were still about 40-50 million people that were without adequate food, shelter, employment, and medical care (LeVert). In 1961, President John F. Kennedy was elected President and he made it a point to the American people that the “hand of hope must be extended to the poor and depressed” (LeVert). The intent of President Kennedy and President Johnson, with his war on poverty in 1964, was not to hand out cash assistance, but to empower Americans with the skills and experience they need to rise above poverty. It was during this time that the Food Stamp Act was created to help provide adequate nutrition for Americans (LeVert). The Food Stamp Act gave low income Americans vouchers for food. Amendments were also made to the Social Security Act that allowed medical care, not only for the


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