Mainly, Giving welfare checks to individuals with no income. OR Free housing to those who are homeless.
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Sorry, I should have been more clear. By ruin I mean put our economy in a state where our government and society go bankrupt.
Sorry I can't edit my original question.
Welfare programs make up 11 percent of the total federal budget. If we eliminated it right now it would be many years before seeing a dent in the deficit. Healthcare 27%, Pensions 25%, Defense 22% are the major costs. We owe China $ for the wars
Its true the federal gov spends 400 million on welfare programs while the total budget is 3.6 billion.
Nice comments, I agree something needs to be done with the system the way it is now.
Thanks for your voice. It is so very true that education is a keystone in the way our countries prospers. Pennsylvania education is on the DOWNSWING unfortunately. I have 2 boys in school that I have to reteach what the school fails to.
Although I agree with most of your answer. Let's not over simplify the situation with repeating "innocent children" throughout you statement. And I don't think any intelligent person feels those on welfare are in a "lap of Luxury"
I worry more about what welfare does for the people- kids who grow up with a mentality of dependency, who don't really understand what it is to be self-sufficient (not temp. users, but regulars). I think business & job growth is the answer.
Wiccan, that was what I was really looking for. I didn't word the question in a way to make it obvious but the true answer is how can people become dependent on themselves or Self-empowered. <--- you like dashing?
Foodeee, Innocent children is not an overly simplification. What 5 year old has control over their circumstances? If it weren't for having children most adults would not qualify for getting welfare. No child asks to be born to lazy parents.
Its an over simplification since many different circumstances can be true to allow someone to qualify for welfare not just having children. Please don't tug at heart strings for a system that is supremely flawed. I'm not saying dump it, but fix it.
The typical "long-term" welfare family is comprised of a mother and two children. Single mothers make up 90% of the welfare recipients. Yes, there are some adults who get food stamps or disability funds. However the 90% on welfare involve children
I can't find records to support your stats. But, I think we can agree that the system needs repaired in some manner.