The Downsides of Government Handouts

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As the United States sled into a great economic depression in the early 2000’s, the people of this country grew desperate and in need of government assistance. As with any economic downfall the unemployment rate grew to a staggering high. Most families were despondent to stay afloat the poverty line on whatever means possible. But what are the effects of continuously throwing money at people even when the economy bounces back? In an editorial recognizing these effects, “Welfare Dependency Destroying America,” John Mariotti, an advisor to and president of many successful companies explains why giving handouts aren’t always a positive matter. To identify the main point, this article displays a headlining quote that plainly states the intended audience. “Are you old enough to remember 1968, when the US was a country of working people, not an example of welfare dependency destroying America? Unemployment was 3.6%. There were almost 200 million Americans back then—and most of them (96%) worked for a living, and paid taxes—and were proud to do so” (Mariotti). Even if you weren’t old enough, the author makes it clear that welfare dependency wasn’t a problem in the past. Mariotti makes the United States sound like a paradise. The unemployment rate was low, Americans were hard workers, and welfare aid was practically non-existent. This was a paradise quite opposite from todays America. The reader can benefit from knowing that “the real unemployment rate is almost 14-15%. We are

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