By Jueseppi B.
I used this particular photo as a thumbnail for this post because here in America, there is a misunderstanding that welfare is basically a hand out to and for lazy Black Americans whom are not interested in working and need/want government to “take care of them”.
The following statistics will, hopefully, change the minds of those who can’t think for themselves and follow the lies and misinformation of the Faux Spews, Mitt Romney, sooth sayers.
|Source: US Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, CATO Institute|
|Date Verified: 10.15.2012|
|Welfare is the organized public or private social services for the assistance of disadvantaged groups. Aid could include general Welfare payments, health care through Medicaid, food stamps, special payments for pregnant women and young mothers, and federal and state housing benefits. The Welfare system in the United States began in the 1930s, during the Great Depression. Opponents of Welfare argue that it affects work incentives.|
|Total number of Americans on welfare||4,300,000|
|Total number of Americans on food stamps||46,700,000|
|Total number of Americans on unemployment insurance||5,600,000|
|Percent of the US population on welfare||4.1 %|
|Total government spending on welfare annually (not including food stamps or unemployment)||$131.9 billion|
|Percent of recipients who are white||38.8 %|
|Percent of recipients who are black||39.8 %|
|Percent of recipients who are Hispanic||15.7 %|
|Percent of recipients who are Asian||2.4 %|
|Percent of recipients who are Other||3.3 %|
|Total amount of money you can make monthly and still receive Welfare||$1000|
|Total Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than an $8 per hour job||40|
|Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than a $12 per hour job||7|
|Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than the average salary of a U.S. Teacher||9|
|Average Time on AFCD (Aid to Families with Dependent Children)|
|Time on AFDC||Percent of Recipients|
|Less than 7 months||19%|
|7 to 12 months||15.2%|
|1 to 2 years||19.3%|
|2 to 5 years||26.9%|
|Over 5 years||19.6%|
|Top 10 Hourly Wage Equivalent Welfare States in U.S.|
|State||Hourly Wage Equivalent|
Welfare is the provision of a minimal level of well being and social support for all citizens. In most developed countries, welfare is largely provided by the government, in addition to charities, informal social groups, religious groups, and inter-governmental organizations. In the end, this term replaces “charity” as it was known for thousands of years, being the voluntary act of providing for those who temporarily or permanently could not.
Welfare can take a variety of forms, such as monetary payments, subsidies and vouchers, or housing. Welfare can be provided by governments, non-governmental organizations, or a combination of the two. Welfare programs may be funded directly by governments, or in social insurance models, by the members of the Welfare scheme.
Welfare systems differ from country to country, but Welfare is commonly provided to individuals who are unemployed, those with illness or disability, the elderly, those with dependent children, and veterans. A person’s eligibility for Welfare may also be constrained by means testing or other conditions.
Subsidy Subsidizing a good is one way of redistributing wealth to the poor. It is money that is paid usually by a government to keep the price of a product or service low or to help a business or organization to continue to function. In a budget constraint between ‘all other goods’ and a ‘subsidized good’, the maximum amount of ‘all other goods will remain the same but the budget constraint will shift outward for the ‘subsidized good’ because the cost of the ‘subsidized good’ is reduced for the consumer and so they have the ability to consume more of said good.
Some people do not want to use subsidies because they want the poor to consume the subsidized good or service in a specific way or because subsidizing goods (such as health care) can lead to an over consumption of the good.
Voucher A voucher is like a subsidy that can only be consumed in a specific way like a school voucher or section 8 housing. For instance, families who receive school vouchers may only use them to send their children to schools to help pay tuition costs. Schools then exchange the voucher for cash. Similarly, in section 8 housing, families with this voucher can only use the voucher to pay a portion of their living costs in specified units or in a private sector
In a budget constraint between ‘all other goods’ and a ‘voucher good’ our budget constraint will shift out parallel to an amount equal to the amount of the voucher but the money we have to spend on ‘all other goods’ remains capped at the same amount we had to spend before the voucher. Voucher programs can make us worse off because of the cap on our ability to spend on ‘all other goods’ our indifference curves could limit us.
Direct Cash This is straight cash with no restrictions on how it can be consumed. Direct cash may cause greater budget constraint because the recipient can spend the cash subsidy on all ‘other goods’ or on a ‘subsidized good’. Direct cash increases the entire budget constraint and shifts the indifference curves outward allowing us to maximize individual utility.
US Welfare System – Help for US Citizens
Federally funded and governed US welfare began in the 1930’s during the Great Depression. The US government responded to the overwhelming number of families and individuals in need of aid by creating a welfare program that would give assistance to those who had little or no income.
The US welfare system stayed in the hands of the federal government for the next sixty-one years. Many Americans were unhappy with the welfare system, claiming that individuals were abusing the welfare program by not applying for jobs, having more children just to get more aid, and staying unmarried so as to qualify for greater benefits. Welfare system reform became a hot topic in the 1990’s. Bill Clinton was elected as President with the intention of reforming the federally run US Welfare program. In 1996 the Republican Congress passed a reform law signed by President Clinton that gave the control of the welfare system back to the states.
Eligibility Requirements for State Welfare Program
Eligibility for a Welfare program depends on numerous factors. Eligibility is determined using gross and net income, size of the family, and any crisis situation such as medical emergencies, pregnancy, homelessness or unemployment. A case worker is assigned to those applying for aid. They will gather all the necessary information to determine the amount and type of benefits that an individual is eligible for.
The Federal government provides assistance through TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). TANF is a grant given to each state to run their own welfare program. To help overcome the former problem of unemployment due to reliance on the welfare system, the TANF grant requires that all recipients of welfare aid must find work within two years of receiving aid, including single parents who are required to work at least 30 hours per week opposed to 35 or 55 required by two parent families. Failure to comply with work requirements could result in loss of benefits.
Sometime ago I wrote a post entitled: Welfare Recipients: Which Race Gets More Benefits.
The post was meant to get attention no the fact that most caucasians think other caucasians make up a very tiny percentage of welfare recipients. When in fact it appears to be about even numbers wise. My disgust comes when people attempt to make welfare to Americans a racial issue and a political issue. Such as calling our current President the “food stamp” President.
Whatever economic solutions President Barack Hussein Obama has provided those below the poverty line, is a good thing to those suffering from the choices made before he took his oath of office in 2009. Because of those same choices made by George Dubbya Bush during his two terms, had long range effects on America. It took Dubbya 8 years to set America on a course of economic failure.
It won’t be corrected and fixed in 4 years.
Remember that. Remember this: It takes hours to raze, demolish and tear down a house. It takes much much longer to build a house correctly.