Responding to Poverty

Responding to Poverty - the widespread assumptions and...

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Responding to Poverty: The Welfare System • All high-income nations have enacted some type of social welfare program, an organized effort by government, private organizations, or individuals to assist needy people defined as worthy of assistance. • The largest government welfare programs 1) are paid for by the public through their taxes, 2) direct money to many different categories of people, and 3) do not significantly change income inequality. • Although people in the U.S. like to think that we are compassionate, the public remains divided over whether the poor deserve a hand. Part of the problem lies in
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Unformatted text preview: the widespread assumptions and beliefs that the poor are undeserving. Welfare in the United States: Myths and Realities 1. People on welfare are lazy and have no work ethic- Single parents on welfare already do work—they do the work of parenting, which is invaluable even though we do not place a monetary value on it. Secondly, most adults receiving public assistance are either employed or in the labor force looking for work. Nevertheless, there are not enough jobs—especially for low-skill workers....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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