Practically everyone agrees: that the welfare system has gone form a well-meaning
program designed to help people who are unable to work and provide for their
children, to a program that has added to the problem of getting people back in the
work force. This is why it is important to provide assistance to those people on
welfare to provide them with the skills to help themreenter the work force.This is
where I the Republicans, and the Democrats all agree that something needs to be
done.
No one likes the current welfare system. The public has shown that in a recent
poll shows that the public wants welfare reformed in ways that do not penalize
children. Welfare recipients find dealing with the system degrading and
embarrassing; most would prefer to work. Experts note that welfare has done little
to stem the growth of poverty among children. There are four main problems with
welfare. One is that it does not provide sufficient state flexibility. Two that it does
not encourage work. Three is that it is responsible for the breakdown of the family,
especially for a rising tide of out-of wedlock births. Finally it has done little to
reduce poverty, especially among children. This is why I also feel that the current
welfare system needs to be reformed.
The main goal to reform welfare is to get a program that the public wants -
more work and less dependency while maintaining aid to the needy. However this
makes things extremely tough on the government. To do this it would require strong
political leadership, skilled administrative direction, hard-working staffs and an
efficient way of reporting and recording the results. I feel that to please the people
and the government is impossible, that is why a compromise needs to be made.
Whatever may happen might not please everybody, but it might work out better in
the long run.
Is the best way to reform welfare to restructure it from the top, or to make
administration changes at the bottom? There are currently two major acts that are
being seriously considered. They are the Clinton Administrationís Work and
Responsibility Act and the Personal Responsibility Act passed by House
Republicans, both dealing with restructuring. Both proposals seem to limit the
governmentís commitments to the needy, and say that the best way to cut back and
make changes is to discourage unwed pregnancy and nonempolyment by poor
adults. However, I donít understand. Is the government suggesting that abortion is
right? Just so they can reform the welfare system. I had must misunderstand, a
political comment like this would cause an uproar bigger than the Monica Lewinski
issue.
The Clinton plan maintains support levels but exerts alot of the load from work
requirements in order to limit costs. The Republican bill includes tough work
standards bur provides no specific funding for work programs, and would allow
families to be denied aid whether or not they could work. As you can see both
parties hide behind the issue of unwed pregnancy and dive behind the problem is to
get them working. Yes, I agree with both parties and see that maybe the welfare
recipients need to be working so that they can get off welfare. However, how does a
single mother work and raise two young infants? I would like to see the
government answer that one.
They always stick to that the problem is in the administration and that they need
to reform the welfare policy from the late 1960`s through the Family Support Act
(FSA) of 1988. This approach to welfare reform is said that it will change and
enforce work requirements while receiving welfare. However for this to work as a
condition of federal welfare funding, states have to: minimize paper work errors,
improve collection of child support, and to require recipients to join work programs
designed to place them in jobs or training. Nevertheless if this would work why not
try it? I feel that another problem is that the government never takes action on their
proposals because they are worried about losing to much money, whatís the
problem, they are probably losing more keeping g the program the way it is.
As a governor, President Clinton was a strong proponent of the Family Support
Act, but he campaigned for the presidency on a pledge to ďend welfare as we know
it.Ē1 What happened to our great Presidentís idea? The Clinton plan was put in the
closet though. First by the focus on health care reform, and later by the 1994
election which then led the Republicans to a new plan,