How the United States

Became a Welfare State

Four Factors

First: Who benefits?

Second: America has been slower than other countries to embrace welfare.

Third: States play a large role in running the welfare programs.

Fourth: nongovernmental organizations play a large role in welfare.

Social Welfare

The United States is behind the game when it comes to welfare. Most countries are very involved with welfare and the government helping out the people in need. During the Great Depression, people were in need of some sort of help. The government had to step in and help those who were in financial trouble in order for the economy to stay afloat. This had stuck around today and has expanded to medicare and also social security. In order for the economy to boom and to prosper, then the people of America need to prosper and have money.

Welfare Programs

Majoritarian Welfare Programs

Majoritarian Welfare Programs effect the majority of the people. These programs include medicare and social security who help out everyone. There is not a limit on who can draw social security. One does not have to be flat broke in order to benefit from it. This is vital to the people who are retired and are in need of money after retiring.

Programs Continued

  • Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI)
  • Medicare
  • Unemployment Insurance (UI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • Earned Income Tax Credit


These programs are very helpful to the people who are eligible to receive the benefits. Especially for the unemployed and needy.