VELFERTH There seems to be some argument with who exactly coined the phrase or first used the quotation, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. No matter who actually said it first, they were right. In the year 2013 it is projected that “16,335,000,000” (http://www.usgovernmentdebt.us) worth of fish, along with other necessities and financial aid will be going out to Americans, American hopefuls, and illegal aliens all across our country. The numbers of individuals and families that receive support without putting anything back into the very system that is their livelihood can boggle the mind. It is my intention to provide historical and current facts, statistics, and opinions of some of the best scholars to make a compelling argument against the social welfare system in the United States as it stands right now. “In 1884, Germany introduced the first system of compulsory national insurance against sickness. Shortly after, Denmark, New Zealand, and Australia followed with non-contributory old-age pensions. Between 1906 and 1914, Britain’s liberal government enacted a series of similar reforms for their citizens in need” (Kuper 910-912). It was not until the Great Depression that the United States came up with the New Deal; “the 1930’s to 1940’s also saw The People’s Home in Sweden and post war reforms in Britain, France, and Germany. The ultimate goal of these programs was for full male employment supported by family allowances and insurance benefits for sickness, unemployment, and old age. It was during this period that Keynesianism became the popular economic model, underpinning the meaning of welfare state” (Kuper, 910-912). Who has the best ideas on how to take care of the less fortunate while ensuring that one day, the population dependent on government will become self-reliant? Examining three principles utilized by different nations may shed some light on this subject and why it is so different around the globe. First, “the insurance principle, where the employers and employees are the main contributors” (Turner, 667) is what happens in countries like ours where the tax dollars go into effect. In Great Britain with the residual principle, the government only provides benefits to the needy. And in the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, the principle of universal rights is used where the state, or government is the main provider for all citizens”. (Turner, 667) The Norse of the fourteenth century called it “velferth”; the Germans took the words “well” and “fare” to refer to their system as “Wohlfahrt” (Collins). Either way, the process was simple; to find a way to make sure your people had enough to survive through the tough times. Today’s glorification of something that started long ago makes it insanely easy for anyone with the desire to have no desire to thrive off of the hard work and sweat of the working class of America. Tangible items such as a debit card for the purchase of food and drink and even cellular phones are now furnished to those with no intention of ever becoming a part of the work force. The numbers could go down dramatically through better monitoring procedures, however that would require the time and money not available. In terms of customer satisfaction, the United States should rank very highly with its welfare programs. Unlike Canada, who reforms their system with cutbacks constantly, Americans already in the system know that more food credit or nutritional supplements are available to them with every child they have. “By the mid 1990’s, Canada had reformed its welfare system by cutting benefits by almost a quarter as an incentive to go find work. Also, they added more fraud investigators to combat abuse of the system”. Ontario Works, much like the Kansas Works program that we have here in our state, provided services and resources with their own version of a Work Force Center. “For
US dollars are spent on welfare yet poverty levels remain the same” (Cover, Matt). Welfare abuse in the United States is a huge problem and wastes trillions of taxpayer dollars each year. Those who are applying for welfare should undergo a mandatory drug test. This will prevent those who apply for welfare who’s intent is unhonorable from receiving benefits.
The welfare system is meant to help out struggling families and to help get them back on their feet, but the welfare system has been mistreated…
Americans do not like welfare programs as much as European and Canadian nations for several reasons. Martin Gilens’s book, “Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy” describes the reasons behind race and media. Americans assume that welfare recipients are undeserved poor individuals and welfare program only encourages them to not look for employments.
While some welfare states are those states which fund the program by collecting taxes from their…
Politics in the United States have gone through many phases since the countries inception. Regardless of the many political theories that have influenced politicians, the end result has been the same; the white majority has taken advantage of people of color. In the last 40 years, Neoliberalism has risen and along with capitalism has brought much destruction and racism through legislation to people of color in the United States and in other countries throughout Latin America…
An analysis of the Judge Judy episode “Judge Judy Versus The Welfare State” reveals facts about one person receiving welfare. This specific episode shows a lazy and unemployed male who is on welfare, making the entire welfare state out to be the same as him. People who are from the inner city or from reservations are often on welfare, and they also happen to be unemployed. While on welfare it’s not impossible to get a job at the same time, but that is exactly what welfare recipients…
end up being a key part in a drug deal. My paper will include, a short description of what welfare is,and three arguements why drug testing should be manatory for people that to financil benefits from the welfare program.
What is Welfare?
Welfare is a public assistance program designed to help people who are not able to support themselves fully. The online site Welfare Information states that Welfare encompasses those government programs that provide benefits and economic assistance to no or…
is one of the world’s biggest problems and has yet to be solved, about 80% of humanity lives on less than ten dollars a day (11 facts about poverty, dosomething.org). Even the world leaders such as the United States of America have big problems with poverty and even how to solve it. The United States of America has around 313.9 million people and of that 313.9 million, 14.5% are living in poverty (dosomething.org). There are so many different ways of fixing poverty but people are consumed by their…
Welfare Recipients and Adult Education and Training
To understand the progressions regarding the refinement of the suffering welfare system in the United States the definition of welfare must first be understood. Welfare states are those states that take a major role in the guarantee of to provide a minimum standard of living for residents. The goal of the welfare system is to…
There are series of Milton Friedman’s videos—“Free to Choose”, talking about that how the United States authorities to develop excessive regulations, implement excessive regulation, establish excessive administrative agencies and spent more money and resources, in the end to reduce the social wealth of the people of the United States. When the U.S. government to intervene in every socio-economic, the consequences are often tragedy although their starting point is good. Friedman…
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SWRK 405: Analysis & Change of Social Welfare Policy
Indian Child Welfare Act
Eastern Michigan University
The mistreatment of American Indians in the United States can date back all the way to the days our early settlers arrived to the United States of America in the 1600s. The alarming amount of American Indian children being removed from their homes and put in faculties or foster homes where their culture is looked down upon is a very well-known problem…