Welfare has been a persistent social phenomenon. It has created a welfare mentality, which perpetuates the class of welfare recipients. There are some familiar negative consequences. It can destroy families. It discourages work and encourages illegitimate children.
A focus is being placed on the welfare recipient to work. The theory here is correct, but we can question its practical aspects.
The recipient will probably be assigned to a job with little or no future. Transportation, baby sitting and miscellaneous expenses could take more money than they make.
There is so much to be said about the cheating, graft and inefficiency of the bureaucracy, compounding the problem of welfare. To the impoverished American, poverty is hell. There are the feelings of hopelessness and frustration. It is unfortunate, but the poor will be with us until the end.
We must do everything we can to help those who cannot help themselves.
Finally, we must analyze the cost-effectiveness of proposed welfare programs. Will the benefits to the participants of welfare balance the costs to society?