Studying Quagmire Of Welfare Reform Summary

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Within the article “Studying Quagmire of Welfare Reform”, author Sharon Hays discusses both the positive and negative effects of welfare reform. One very surprising statistic of the welfare program is that 90 percent of welfare recipients are mother, and nearly all are single. Although I expected single mothers to be a majority of individuals seeking welfare, such a high percentage is much unexpected. This fact is important in understanding the failure of the welfare reform. .The first problem with welfare reform is the vast socioeconomic disparity between the Congressional policy makers and those within the welfare program. By not being able to fully understand the plight of these single mother’s living in poverty, those making the welfare policies are not as efficient as they could be. Another problem which stems from this disparity is mental damage that welfare’s strict rules and regulations cause to its recipients. The eventual goal of government welfare is to assist economically challenged families in the hopes that they will one day become self-sufficient. Ironically, the rules involved in receiving government welfare seem…show more content…
The welfare program described in the movie said that the poor could only receive government assistance if they moved into government workhouses. The young orphans who were residents of those workhouses were treated badly and whose rights were severely reduced by a many regulations. The orphanages operated on the attitude that poverty was the consequence of laziness, and that the poor conditions would encourage the boys to better their own circumstances. But like many single-mothers in the welfare reform, the orphanages in “Oliver Twist” were provided with no means for self-betterment. In effect, every boy but Oliver was unable to rise from the poverty they were living
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