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2. Welfare encourages single women to have children - Mothers receiving welfare have no more children, on average, than women in the general population. Research consistently shows that receiving welfare does not significantly increase out-of-wedlock births. 3. Once on welfare, always on welfare - In 1998, one-third (34 percent) of welfare families have stayed on welfare for 1 year or less; 27 percent stayed on welfare for 1 to 3 years, 15 percent for 3 to 5 years, and 22 percent for 5 or more years. 4. Most welfare benefits are granted to people who are not really eligible to receive them - Although some people obtain welfare benefits through fraudulent means, it is much more common for people who are eligible to receive welfare to not receive benefits. A main reason for not receiving benefits is the lack of information; people do not know that they are eligible. Also, many do not want to apply for it because they do not want to be stigmatized as lazy people who just want a “free ride” at
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Unformatted text preview: taxpayers’ expense. Others want to avoid the administrative and transportation hassles involved in obtaining welfare. 5. Public assistance to the poor creates an enormous burden on taxpayers- Public assistance to the poor is a small part of government spending. In the 1999 federal budget, 6 percent was allocated to Medicaid and another 6 percent was allocated to other assistance to the poor. Meanwhile, 15 percent of the budget was allocated for national defense and another 23 percent was allocated for Social Security. Moreover, the estimated cost of tax breaks to corporations and wealthy individuals in 1996 was $440 billion, more than 17 times combined state and federal spending on AFDC. Despite the public perception that welfare benefits are too generous, assistance for the poor does not meet the basic needs for many individuals and families who receive such benefits....
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