The Welfare System

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During the Great Depression, families struggled to make ends meet because jobs weren’t readily available. The government knew that in order for the market to revive itself, the population had to have enough money to care for basic needs. With that in mind, the government created a system that would give aid to families in need. The system is still in use today and is known as the Welfare system. First we need to understand exactly what is the welfare system.
The Welfare system that this paper focuses on is known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF). The Welfare system is often grouped with food stamps, housing aid, and other government assistance programs. Although these programs are forms of government aid, whenever people
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TANF is a program used by a majority of single and widowed parents in poverty. These programs are in place to help the children that are affected by these situations. TANF is in place to help single parents provide adequate care for their children. Researchers for Child Trends writes that, “Studies find that those that experience persistent poverty as children are much more likely to be poor as adults then those who were not poor during childhood.” (pg. 907, CQ Researcher Child Poverty) This research shows that TANF is not doing enough to help children out of poverty. Although the goal is to get children out of poverty and help them stay out of poverty, the numbers have shown that poverty born children are not given the tools in order to achieve this goal. Consequently, these children will more than likely be using government aid their entire lives. Then their children will be born into poverty and the trend repeats itself. Some might say that TANF gives children the funds needed in order to grow themselves, and give them the opportunity to get out of poverty. Elizabeth Lower-Basch, the senior policy analyst for the Center for Law and Social Policy, makes the claim that, “No one gets out of poverty by receiving cash assistance” (CQ Researcher Child Poverty, 907) Children get out of poverty by working hard and earning everything they get. Whenever families are just given money it does not teach them to work hard, and it does not teach them the skills they need for success. Heritage Foundation’s Rector states, “(TANF) only supplies 10 percent of assistance given to families with children” (CQ Researcher Child Poverty, 907) TANF does not give a significant amount of aid to children. Programs that teach kids to work hard and earn what they want have been shown to have more success in the lives of children. These other programs are the ones that give children the most relief. TANF creates

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