Welfare Reform : The United States

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Welfare "Welfare 's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence." Ronald Reagan said this statement on January of 1970 when the "Los Angeles Times" interviewed him (Williamson). Federal government funded welfare in the United States started in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Because of the vast numbers of people out of work and with insufficient funds to buy food for their families, President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved a program to give money to state governments for the purpose of making jobs so that unemployed people could work (Bill). This start of federal aid was the beginning of what we know welfare to be today. This paper will show whether or not welfare works in our society, whether or not the U.S. should reform it, and if this nation should even have welfare for those who cannot work.
First, this paper will show whether or not welfare works in the society through three perspectives: the proponent 's view, opponent 's view, and my personal view. The first perspective about the United States ' welfare system is the proponent 's view. Joseph Westfall, a research assistant at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, stated that proponents of welfare argue that "government is responsible for organizing the redistribution of the goods necessary to satisfy all society members ' basic needs or of the money to purchase these goods" (Westfall). This statement, essentially, sums up what

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