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Welfare has been the topic of much controversy over the past few years Though abolishing welfare altogether is an alternative welfare reform is more reasonable and feasible For one the redistribution of wealth is necessary to maintain equality among the economic classes The gap between the rich and the poor is widening each day and welfare aids the redistribution of wealth Secondly doing away with welfare altogether would further impoverish those that are currently under its support There is still a need for welfare but amendments to its policies would reduce the cost of its upkeep as well as reduce welfare fraud Such amendments can include a voluntary savings plan to reduce the amount of taxes paid or a limitation on the duration of support To do away with welfare altogether would increase the poverty level in the US Though proponents of this movement site that many people take advantage of welfare their argument is only half valid No one denies that welfare fraud exists but doing away with welfare altogether would hurt those residents who truly have a need for the support Welfare reform can reduce fraud and continue to support families who are truly in need Doing away with actual food stamps has somewhat helped reduce the cost of this program since the new credit-card-like cards have been introduced But further reform is necessary to make welfare more efficient One alternative is to limit the duration of support Though some laws are already in place requiring employment by a deadline these laws are still not fully enforced A welfare recipient should meet periodically with a welfare representative to prove that he or she is actively seeking employment Furthermore the amount of welfare support should have a phase-out period For example if a family is receiving 400 a month in support within three months the amount should be reduced to 350 then to 300 and so on The reduction of support with the passage
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