Essay about Who Should Receive Welfare?

894 Words Oct 26th, 2016 4 Pages
Who Should Receive Welfare?
Our government has established multiple welfare programs that help low-income citizens pay for their food and housing, amongst other things. This is generally perceived as a good thing, the problem begins when people become complacent and resort to overusing the system. Unfortunately, the current welfare regulations make it easy for this to occur. In order to prevent abuse, welfare should be restricted to households whose able-bodied adult members can prove that they are employed, actively seeking employment, or pursuing an education; this requirement would discourage recipients from depending on welfare as a primary source of income.
While most welfare programs have limitations, there are many ways to elude them. For example, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), limits unemployed able-bodied adults to three months of benefits in a three-year period (“Facts About SNAP”). However, this limitation ceases to apply when an individual is receiving unemployment benefits, or when there are minor children in the home. In fact, when minor children are part of a household, unemployed adults can literally live off their children’s SNAP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Rental Housing Assistance Program benefits without ever obtaining employment. Moreover, expanding a family while on welfare is a sly way of extending benefits by eighteen years.
In addition to limitations, most welfare programs require recipients to have…

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