Welfare Reform : The United States

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In 1935, President Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act, sending the United States onto the historically unprecedented path of the welfare of the welfare state. In the wake of his footsteps, aggressive expansion has grown welfare programs to include everything from Medicare to food stamps. Many would say that the US government is not only obligated morally to provide welfare but also that it provides extensive societal economic windfalls. However, critics of welfare argue that the flaws of the US welfare system and its runaway nature outweigh the potential benefits. There are currently two prevalent narratives on the duties, the obligations, of a government, both of which have been used to justify government welfare. The first, and most vocal is that a government, in general and without exception, ought to protect its own citizens from any and all harms. The second popular narrative is where the government is strictly in existence to protect the rights (life, liberty, property, Bill of Rights, et cetera) of its citizens. First, it is first imperative to know that 14.5% of American families are below the poverty line and struggle to even place food on the table and are in a real danger of starving (Bread). Whether it is to protect its citizens from poverty or their lives from the effect of it, most would agree that the government has a moral obligation to act. Thus, it is reproachable for a government to take no action in protecting its citizens from from the
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