There are 109,631,000 Americans on welfare, and only 105,862,000 full time working Americans. The fact that the amount of people on welfare outnumbers those who work, shows how our country is deteriorating. Some individuals on welfare take advantage of the system and exchange the things given to them, such as food stamps, for drugs or alcohol. I think anyone who does that should be taken off of welfare. In order to prevent that from happening in the future, I believe a system should be made. The system would determine whether an individual is deserving of government assistance or not. In order to be on welfare, there would be a drug test that has to be passed to even be considered. If passed, there would be quarterly drug tests that have to be passed in order to continue to get help from the government. There should also be a standard set that determines if the severity of the person’s disability is worthy of governmental assistance. If they meet all the criteria and pass their quarterly drug tests, then they deserve to be on welfare. Those who do not meet the criteria and are qualified to work, should get a job in order to support themselves and their
Welfare started as a temporary response to the economic crash in the 1930s. Its primary goal was to provide cushioning to the families who lost the ability to be self-sufficient during the Great Depression. Yet, as America slowly rose back to becoming prosperous and wealthy, a significant chunk of America's population stayed below in the transitioning social system. The welfare system started to become counterproductive to the government so that, in the 1990s, Clinton hastily came up with legislation to end welfare, more famously known as the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. This road that Clinton led ended in a downfall as more people than ever before are now dependent on the federal government for food, housing, and income. Our current welfare reform may need another reform before welfare can truly end.
Today our welfare programs give out too much money and the systems need to be reformed again. In 1996 The Welfare Reform Act was enacted and it changed the entire program for the better. However, since then, the programs have become abused and need to be reformed again. Many of the people that receive state or federal funding have more luxury items than the average middle class family. The government should check-in on the families that are receiving assistance to make sure they actually need the assistance. The government should also place more stipulations on the various welfare programs in the state. There are several people all across the country that are abusing the system that was put in place to help get people survive in a time of
Plus, most people when looking for a job will have to pass a drug test in order to get the job. Welfare should be the same if not more strict because tax money is what pays for welfare. If we keep giving money to them and there are no drug test waiting for them down the road then they are just gonna keep doing what they did before to get in the situation and it will be easier because they are getting it for basically nothing. Testing them would ensure the taxpayers money isnt being wasted on someones drugs and that is actually helping someone the way it was intended. Some Senior citizens are even on welfare which is kind of suprising but it’s a a small percentage being 13% over 65 years
All throughout history welfare services have been available to the general public. While these benefits have changed over time, the basic intentions of the welfare system has stayed the same. The welfare system provides benefits and monetary assistance to those who qualify. Different acts over the past two hundred years have been amended in order to try to help the poor, and while not all have been practical and successful, many programs have indeed done an outstanding job in aiding those in need. But, just like with all good things, there is a negative side. Even with all the reforms to try perfect the welfare system there are still some holes in it. Not only is the welfare system easy to manipulate, according to usgovernmentspending.com, eleven percent of the federal budget is spent on welfare, leaving tax payers livid. (usgovspending.com) It 's obvious there is a need for a welfare system in the United States, but with the abuse the welfare system has endured a major change needs to be seen in order to ensure the welfare system be used as efficiently as possible.
I feel if someone has to pass a drug test to gain employment the same rule should apply to a person(s) before the qualify for welfare assistance. There are others that hold a similar position on mandatory testing, for example, Governor Paul LePage of Augusta, ME “hailed drug screenings for certain welfare recipients a way of protecting taxpayer’s dollars…arguing that welfare dollars shouldn’t be enabling drug abuse” (Durkin, 2015, para. 1). Illinois state representative Bill Mitchell, “would like to see mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients, and work requirements for those who receive food stamps” (Keever, 2015, p. 1). On November 3rd, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, “approved an administrative rule…that would establish a process to screen for and test for the use of controlled substances by applicants for state work experience programs, and to refer those determined to be abusing drugs to a treatment program” (King, 2015, para. 2). These are but a few examples, which suggest mandatory testing is gaining ground.
Imagine taking the money you rightfully earned through hard work and countless hours spent at work and throwing it all away, using it on items that are essentially a waste of your money and time. Suppose I told you that this very problem is present in our very own state, city, and county. Currently welfare recipients are given your tax paying money for their own pleasure, pleasure meaning drugs rather than resources and ways to improve their lives and their means of living. In efforts to help this issue we must begin testing individuals who receive welfare for drugs. Welfare recipients should be required to be drug tested because it could lower the crime rate, lowering the use of drugs overall, and create efficient government spending.
Hello to all those that want to retire one day. I would congratulate you, but at this very moment, one of most important government systems has a major problem. Today our country is stricken with a depleting social security fund, one that is predicted to run out in less than 20 years. In the past, every politician and leader has tried to push this widely underrated issue to next in line but ultimately causing more havoc on all of us. Throughout our country, many are unaware of the circumstances that will come from this catastrophe. Although I am still very young, one day I hope to enter the workforce and eventually retire, hopefully receiving the same benefits that those before me have received. Of course, I’m talking about Social Security, the federal insurance program that provides benefits to retired people and those who are unemployed or disabled. But as of now, this looks doubtful due to the already overwhelming amount of people who receive Social Security that is causing the system to divulge into its trust fund. The present Social Security issue is not one that an individual can change by him or herself but rather if we all work together and go to our legislators we will be able to solve this epidemic.
The United States welfare system should not support drug users because they are trying to get those people that need help, help. Therefore those people who are getting help from welfare should be bettering themselves and not hurting themselves. Drug testing should be mandatory, because this would be unfair to tax payers and other resources to support someone who abuses the benefit. Next, drug testing would benefit those who would need abuse treatment programs. Also, welfare should focus on families that would spend the money on necessities. Although welfare helps a lot of families, some use the money they receive to buy illegal drugs.
The topic of mandating regular drug testing for those on welfare is very controversial. It seems too one-sided to say that those who do drugs are the only people who should not be allowed welfare. There are many other ways that people might abuse their need of welfare money in illegal and unethical ways. Also, with the ever-increasing demand for welfare it seems more cost prohibitive to conduct regular drug testing on those who receive welfare. There is also the possibility of the drug test being compromised or destroyed due to human corruption. Instead, we should put more focus on the advancement and use of technology to monitor how welfare money is being used.
Welfare was created in 1935 by Franklin D. Roosevelt. It is the closest technique or practice of our country to socialism. It helped families during the Great Depression, but has been abused thoroughly within our country. Many citizens would like to do away with the system, but many resist this because it is their only income. Lots of skeptical citizens see it as the root of much of our country’s debt, but there is no easy way for it to be eliminated. Many steps have been taken to reduce the abusement and eventually do away with the system. This includes drug testing for welfare recipients. There are multiple issues with this idea and lots of people would like keep the system. Taxpayers that dislike what the government has come to, fear that
Welfare requirements should be stricter. To help eliminate the people on welfare who don’t actually need help, drug testing should be required for welfare recipients. 20% of people on welfare have used drugs in the past year and 5% admit to having a drug addiction. Drug testing will help in two ways. The first way is by getting addicts help and the second way is to help the government stop wasting money on people who don’t need it. Welfare should not be a lifelong dependency because America cannot afford spending money on people who don’t need help (Vitter 1). Drug testing would help the economy because it would help get drug abusers and low income families help. If we limit who gets what in society we will get better results. If you added certain requirements that had to be passed it would push people to contribute in society. In order to do this, people should be required to work while on welfare.
If you have a job and pay taxes, do you ever wonder where your hard earned money ends up? You probably would think that it goes to someone on welfare, who is trying to succeed in their life, trying to make ends meet and might need a little financial help. In other words, someone who really needs it, but unfortunately it usually ends up in the hands of people who take advantage of the welfare system, and takes the opportunity to purchase drugs and/or drug paraphernalia. To avoid situations like this, welfare recipients should be tested monthly for drugs to make sure they are not cheating the welfare system for government aid.
I believe that people who receive welfare or any government funded program should be obligated to take drug test because if they continue to take drugs while receiving welfare then they are just taking advantage of the system. If the government enforce a law for mandatory drug testing to welfare recipient then possibly millions of tax payer’s money will go to those who don’t deserve as much as