Welfare System: Hand-Up Vs. Hand Out

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Hand Up Vs. Hand Out It is 6:35, the alarm goes off. Your morning has officially started. You get up, get showered, and get dressed. Get some breakfast and head out the door to go to the store. Imagine if when you got there, you were not accepted by all. You got teased, picked on, pointed out, and laughed at all because you couldn’t afford your own groceries but instead you had to pull out all of those food stamps. Would you really be okay with that? Would you just give up and keep getting the food stamps or would you try to better yourself? Would you try to make something of yourself? As the Chinese would say “Give a man a fish, he eats for a night. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime” This quote and be directly linked and related…show more content…
People on welfare make more money on welfare than off of it. Some people look at Welfare as an easy way out because if the government will pay for everything they need, why should they be successful? Why should they try to make something of themselves? The government has made some changes in the Welfare system. A huge difference between welfare then and welfare now is that they do not give out food stamp coupons anymore; they now have a debit card just like any person would. By going to this method, it saves people the embarrassment of having to dig out all of the coupons at the checkout but it also takes away the motivation that people need to get on their own feet which was and is the whole point in Welfare in the first place. Another huge change was made when the government started letting immigrants gain from the welfare system but not have to put in anything in return. Immigrants used to come to the United States of America and tried to fit in. They tried to learn the American language. The government wanted for everybody to understand and be able to live with each other in peace and…show more content…
In Ira Katznelson When Is Affirmative Action Fair? On Grievous Harms and Public Remedies it is stated that “In 1948 the 8 percent unemployment rate for Negro teen-age boys was actually less than that of whites. By last year, that rate had grown to 23 percent, as against 13 percent for whites employed, between 1949 and 1959 the income of Negro men relative to white men declined in every section of this country. From 1952 to 1963 the median income of Negro families compared to white actually dropped from 57 percent to 53 percent,” and it also said “Since 1947 the number of white families living in poverty has decreased 27 percent while the number of poorer nonwhite families decreased by only 3 percent.” These stats are all in comparison of now verses around the Great Depression

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