The Abuse of the Welfare System

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Welfare was established by the Social Security Act of 1935, and administered by individual states and territories for the government to help poverty stricken children and other dependent persons. Wicipedia defines welfare as " money paid by the government to those who are in need of financial assistance, are unable to work, or whose circumstances mean the income they require for basic needs is in excess of their salary" (Welfare (financial aid)). This program helped many families survive during The Great Depression and still helps families survive today. Welfare, which was once meant to help individuals reenter society, has been abused and manipulated. The abuse of the Welfare System has become a serious problem. Many dependent persons …show more content…

One of them is that we're paying out too much money to the wrong people"(Burgess). Welfare is a great program as long as it is used correctly. If a person collects welfare during financial trouble, then that is great. But when someone abuses welfare and receives government money because he or she can make more money this way, it becomes corrupted, and when people abuse the system by having kids out-of-wedlock to receive more benefits or is just to plain lazy to work and receives welfare it begins to become a serious problem.

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Welfare system deals with increasing burden By Don Burgess
HARD TIMES have caused more people to seek help from the government. A decade ago, Social Assistance only had 300 people on its case load and there was no such thing as government sponsored Housing Allowance.
But with the downturn of the economy in the late 80s, government was flooded with people hurt by the loss of jobs in the tourist and construction sectors of industry.
In 1989 government created the Housing Allowance, and the number of people who were getting help from that department and from Social Assistance jumped nearly 600 per cent.
With that came complaints that people were abusing the system, or that government was turning its back on the people.
While there may be occasion fraud in the system, department officials insist, the vast


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