Welfare

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Brendan Miller 4-28-12
Prof. Odock Microeconomics

The Welfare System Enabling Poverty
Thirty seven million people residing on our “land of opportunity” have fallen below the poverty line, and our efforts have produced little improvement to poverty. The U.S. citizens can’t ignore the poverty issue, but should determine the best plan of action that would produce most positive outcomes on poverty. Proof that our efforts are producing a positive outcome would be displayed with statistics, which displays significant reductions in poverty population, when comparing the current years to past ones. While attempting to reduce the amount of the poverty population, the government must be sure to maintain the poverty line, so that the people of poverty don’t suffer any harsher effects, than they have already experienced today. Unfortunately, the U.S. has been fighting a war on poverty for over 50 years, and hasn’t produced the improvements they had hoped. Above all we have to consider that the welfare’s assistance maybe creating a behavioral-dependence on the governments financial assistance, that decreases the likelihood of a recipient from moving-up in financial class, and increases likelihood of being on welfare long-term. We need to investigate whether our welfare system is truly helping poor population, or whether changes are necessary to rectify system. By the government focusing their attention to reducing the behavioral-dependence on the financial assistance programs, and providing some sort of motivation for their recipients to try to better themselves, the result could be reducing the severity of poverty, in America. The war on poverty began in 1964, when President L.B. Johnson directed attention to the “Other America” that lives with the problems of poverty. He was behind the launch of the government assistance program, better known as the welfare…...

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