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Report on Welfare A father walks out on his wife and three small children His wife has no job and no other source of income How will she be able to feed and clothe her kids until she can find a steady job The welfare system can provide food and money for them Ever since the welfare system was started it has been a God-send to millions of low income families who needed its benefits to help them get on their feet In a free-market economy like the United States and most other nations a certain percentage of working age adults will always be unemployed Since we declared war on poverty in 1965 this country has spent more than 3 trillion on our social welfare system Tanner np Before the New Deal era of the Great Depression most US welfare programs were generally operated by state and local governments Welfare 34 The modern US welfare system dates to the Great Depression of the 1930s During the worst parts of the Depression almost one-fourth of the labor forces were unemployed Over two-thirds of all households would have been considered poor by todays standards adjusted for the increase in the value of the US dollar McCuen 17 With most of the able adult population experiencing a severe financial crisis Americans could no longer view poverty simply as personal failing McCuen 18 In response to the depression US president Franklin D Roosevelt led a reform movement Kronenwetter 12 Roosevelt organized the New Deal programs which were made up of the Social Security Act which was enacted by Congress in 1935 Kronenwetter 12 This act and its amendments established a number of social welfare programs The Social Security Administration was created by the government in 1946 to run the different programs created by the act Corbett np From this administration an abundance of federal agencies have create social
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