Welfare and the United States

Aaron Rousey

The 4 Factors of American Welfare

The Welfare policy in America is carved by four factors:

1.) Americans have a more restrictive view on who qualifies for Welfare

2.) America is slower than other at supporting and pushing Welfare

3.) State play a large role in the Welfare programs

4.) Nongovernmental organizations also possess a large role in the programs

The Big Question: Who Really Deserves Welfare?

The People Who Deserve Welfare

In current America, many citizens see the lower class leeching off the government by only living off Welfare and not trying to change their situation. Welfare was designed to eventually get people back on their feet and get off the program. The deserving are people who are in poverty, disabled, unable to work, whether it be from being handicap or elderly, and the underprivileged. If only these people were on Welfare programs and actually tried, if able, to get off the program, America would not be losing as much money and actual working citizens would not have to be forced to pay as much to support these people.
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Some Welfare Programs

-Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) (Social Security)


-Unemployment Insurance (UI)

-Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

-Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

-Food Stamps


-Earned Income Tax Credit

There are Insurance Programs and Assistance Programs

History of Welfare

During the Great Depression, many citizens were in trouble because they lost all of their money and most ended up on the streets. Roosevelt proposed a program that would help the needy, but it was deemed unconstitutional due to the "individualistic creed that said people should help themselves unless they are unable to do so." Eventually it was passed and citizens were given Medicare by President Johnson.