The idea of welfare started when the country was in it’s Great Depression. President Hoover spoke of such programs that would bring the country out of the slums it had fallen into, bring it back on track. Hoover was all talk, though, and nothing really changed in his presidency. Along came Franklin Roosevelt with his New Deal program. The program started what we now have established as the social welfare. The New Deal and various other programs were intended to help the poor, and at the time, they did. As these programs continued, the people of the nation found ways to cheat the system and “live off of welfare”, where the ones who really need it are being left out in the streets, uneducated, and malnourished.
In the recent presidency of Bill Clinton, welfare is being taken care of, and reformed. The programs that once helped the nation are to do that very same thing once again. Hillary Clinton was one of the major partakers in this movement to reform welfare. Hillary said that the program was started to help those in dire need, those who were living on the streets and got shot out of luck. But instead of these same types of people taking advantage of welfare, the program has gone to waste on to the many who cheat the system and those who just don’t want to get up every day and go to work to earn their living.
Billions of dollars have been wasted over the years that welfare has been unsuccessful, and it is because of this lack of success that the poor and needy are still stuck in that endless hole of depression, living on the sidewalk of New York City or Los Angeles. The welfare program has been a failure, a welfare trap. But in 1994, the voters wanted the welfare system as is stood, to end. Congress agreed and, finally after much persuasion, the President did as well.
The Declaration of Independence was created in 1776 with three basic principles in mind. The pursuits of life, liberty, and happiness were the paramount issues focused on by the framers. The 18 th Century was a different time. Back then, every man worked on his own farm. He was expected to provide for himself and his family. It was unheard of for anyone to receive assistance from the government. ...
Since 1994, since the people have spoken and government taken action on their words, the welfare reform has proved to be a success. Welfare no longer is creating a nation of ignorant cheats without any work ethics, fewer damaged youths starting their young lives on drugs or in the delivery room at age fourteen. Family values have been reinforced and the educational opportunities of all citizens of this country are being opened up. There are such programs as Habitat for Humanity, which is a private program that raises money so that the poor can have shelter for themselves. The Department of Health and Human services has stated that in January of 1999, the welfare rolls were at the lowest they have ever been since the sixties. The number of families and people who live off of welfare has dramatically dropped from a terrifying Fourteen million to less than eight million. The numbers are still large, but the rate continues to move on a positive downward spiral.
One may argue that the state of the nation didn’t solely come from welfare being screwed up over the years, and they are partially right. But it is still a related matter. Many of the problems that have come with poverty in today’s society come from the fact that “the government spends far less per capita on its poor than do most other industrialized nations. This keeps the poor at a subsistence level that makes it even more difficult for them to improve their situation.”1 Our nation has set out to stop this, and stop this now!
Hillary states that the American government and people “should continue to enforce time limits and work requirements … President Clinton has proposed an extra $2.3 billion dollars on a variety of new and restored welfare programs.”2 The welfare program has gone to show that the people and government, if set to the same goal, can make a difference. The quality of how families live their lives can be better, individuals are getting better opportunities to become educated, learn to be self sufficient, responsible, learn to move up in the world on their own and bring those around them with them. If the American public does not keep up this movement, people like Hillary Clinton fear that eventually the government will find a reason, and any small means of reason at that, to digress back to the state the nation had been in since the welfare program became unsuccessful. The government would rather put up with the lack of success. They would be content wasting money, time, and resources on letting some lazy bum in Hicksville, Idaho live off of welfare, with his twenty-five children and deadbeat wife living on a tractor, uneducated, and unmotivated to do anything about the horrible state they are in. An exaggeration, of course, was this example, but perhaps there are people as this figurative man who have no motivation, or if he did, have no means of improving. “Hopefully there are still enough people in Congress with the courage to stand up to those who still want to just throw money at problems.”2
Dear Mayor, I am very concerned about Erie City Councils vacillation over whether of not to support the war effort. Erie should not be neutral concerning the war and certainly not opposed to it. City Council needs to set aside its selfish political agenda and actively support the war effort. If Erie were to reverse it's anti-war resolution it would be treasonous. Young men and women from our city ...