Let’s talk about this Welfare thing a minute.
First of all, what do you think it’s supposed to do, ideally? Is it a short-term fix or should it also include a long-term option? Should it provide only for necessities or should it include options like job retraining?
What do you think it was actually designed to do? Does it still have the same intent it did at inception? The world has changed; should it change, too? Does it work? Is it doing what it was designed to do (even if you don’t think that’s a good purpose)?
In what ways do Welfare programs benefit those that are on them?
In what ways do Welfare programs benefit those who aren’t on them and society as a whole? (Hint: “None” is not an acceptable answer. Think harder.)
Are Welfare programs a necessity or is there some better way to provide for people in need? How?
Have you ever needed a hand up? Did you apply for Welfare (food stamps, Medicaid, etc)? Why or why not? Tell us about your experience with the application and/or the program(s) you utilized? If you’ve used one of these programs, what would you change about how they work?
How does Welfare affect men? We know it’s (generally) harder for men to qualify. Is it harder for them to ask for help? Is the system constructed in such a way that it makes it hard for the people (especially men) who need it to get help? Should the criteria be equal or is it acceptable that men come last on the list of recipients? Why or why not?
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