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To what extent do you believe the government should be involved in welfare today Under the old welfare system founded during the Great Depression the federal government provided fairly uniform benefits to the nations poor mostly mothers and children with out regard to the details of their personal circumstances and with no time limit But as the times changed changes that should have been made years ago didnt become effective until the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act in August of 1996 Now welfare is left to the discretion of individual states This is the way that welfare should have been all along Even so I feel that assistance should only be available to those with jobs or on some kind of temporary work leave ex injury maternity The welfare programs of the Great Depression changed American values forever I interviewed my grandfather on the topic and he only agreed Even though his family was poor he was raised never to accept anything he didnt work for Men had pride back then he recalled in a lecturing tone and supporting your family made you honorable no matter what your job was Then welfare came along and disrupted all of it America was never supposed to be about giving hand-outs to the lazy it was meant to provide opportunity for the willing Thats why I feel the new changes in the system are exactly what this country needed According to the ACF Press Room Statistics from August of 1996 to June of 1999 the number of families receiving welfare nation wide fell 43 from about 44 million to 25 million and the number of recipients in the US receiving welfare fell 44 from 122 million to 69 million In Pennsylvania the statistics were equally impressive also falling 43 from 531059 recipients to 304451 Pennsylvania like 31 other states requires that recipients must find work within 6 months of receiving
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