Gutting Welfare Reform?
This is sad. I actually think that flexibility in the work requirements can do a lot of good when applied correctly. For one, it gives many more individuals in poverty the opportunity to attend college and create a permanent resolution to their situation. Working full-time and going to school with a family is possible, but as we know, it’s much more difficult…especially for single parents and those with no support network.
I think this could be a smart solution, if we regulate it closely and monitor state progress to be sure that they are making gains with their methods.
It would be interesting also to see how much the rates for college graduation of those on welfare have decreased since the measure was first enacted. That’s one of the things that rubs me the wrong way about welfare…it creates a dependency that is difficult to escape. What’s the point of spending welfare dollars if we’re not helping people to stand on their own two feet? Reform is STILL needed in the welfare system. It’s main goal SHOULD be to help those in generational poverty to rise and excel in the workforce. After all, the point is to END Welfare dependency…is it not??
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I think the most upsetting thing about the whole debate honestly is the fact that Republicans are too busy blaming the victims to admit that the Welfare system creates dependency. Not because those on welfare don’t want to exit the system (Trust me…they do. I’ve been there…it’s no way to live and barely a means of survival.), but the reality is that our government places restrictions that prevent most individuals from creating their own means of financial security. It doesn’t reward those attending college or those with an entrepreneurial strategy. Unfortunately, it’s actually quite the opposite in most cases.
What do you think? I would love to hear your thoughts.
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