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Welfare: Impeding the American Dream Allison Williams English 101 Ashlee Crews 30 October 2008
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Williams 2 The American Dream. We all have our own versions. We all have our own ideas of success. But what happens when unforeseen circumstances impede that dream? In 1935, Welfare was established to assist Americans during unforeseen circumstances. The bill signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt gave each family $18 per month for one child and $12 per month for each additional child. Only single mothers were able to receive these funds. At this time, just about 50% of those receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) were children supported by widows. 17% were children with an injured father, 21% were supported by a woman who had been left by her husband and just 2% of children on welfare were supported by women who had never been married (Early History of Welfare). The welfare program was created in order for people to get back on their feet, for Americans to receive help from the government, and then move on to achieve their American dream. However, since its creation, welfare is more of a long- term crutch than a short-term aid. One of the first reforms should be to move welfare from a long-term dependent program to a short-term program. It has been said that welfare does not promote long- term dependence. However, facts would disagree. 4.7 million families who received Aid to Families with Dependent Children spent six-and-a-half years on welfare. It is estimated that the average length of stay on AFDC was 13 years (Rector). Thirteen years is not a short-term fix. Let's consider Grace Capetillo. Grace was a thirty-six year old single mother on welfare. To save money she would shop at thrift stores for second-hand clothes and seek out sales at grocery stores. At the end of four years, Grace had saved $3,000. However, because she was under the federal Aid to Families with Dependent Children program,
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Williams 3 Grace was unable to receive assistance once her savings passed $1,000. When the Milwaukee County Department of Social Services found out that she was saving more,
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