America Needs A Revised Welfare Reform Essay

1032 Words May 10th, 2016 5 Pages
“Even if the US Labor Department has determined that the unemployment level has finally plateaued after months of staggering jobs statistics, the truth behind the numbers isn’t all that nice. Only 4 out of every 10 adults in the US is employed” (“The Real Job Numbers” 1). Thirty-three percent of Americans do not want a job. The United States has many employment concerns, but it should not have any concerns. There is constantly business looking for workers and always job openings, but many Americans simply choose not to work. As a result, America needs a revised welfare reform.
Americans need to support those willing to work. In 1996 the welfare reform act was passed. Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) which was part of that act required participants to work twenty hours per week with twelve authorized activities accepted to meet requirement. “According to reports, within three years of the enactment millions of Americans had moved from being dependent on welfare to being self-sufficient” (“US Welfare System 1”). While leaders of these enactments put them into effect they pushed those who lacked the will to work. Instead, they should support those willing to work. However some studies found that participants of TANF- almost all of whom were single women with children- were simply unable to get jobs. Those who could not garner employment after their time limits expired often had to rely on friends and family for survival (Muennig 324). Temporary Assistance to Needy…

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