Words of Wisdom:

"It's hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning." -Calvin (& Hobbs)" - Dwayne


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Welfare, it is on just about everyones' mind, whether it is Medicare or the

A.F.D.C.   Some believe there is too much and others think there is too little.   As the years

go by, the need for welfare reform increases.   President Clinton had pledged in his 1992

campaign to "end welfare as we know it".   Only time will tell   by what extremes welfare

will change.   As technology continues to increase and jobs continue to go overseas, the

United States must decide what direction the welfare system should take.

As they exist today, welfare systems are an evolution of the thoughts laid out in

the 19th and 20th centuries.   Before the Industrial Revolution, the responsibility of

helping the poor was mainly given to the churches or local communities.   As machines

took the place of workers, governments were looked upon to help the unemployed.

In 1883, Otto Von Bismarck, the German Chancellor, setup the first form of

Modern Welfare when he enacted a sickness and maternity law.   He followed up this law  

with a work injury law and an old-age assistance law in 1884 and 1889 respectively.  

Today European countries such as Germany, Norway, and Sweden have highly

sophisticated Welfare systems (Bender, 13).

Welfare did not reach the United States, however, until shortly after the Great

Depression with Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal."   The New Deal brought on new

economic and social welfare legislation.   This is the first time that the United States

Government used federal and public funds to finance the welfare needs of the people.

Today, the most expensive welfare program is Aid to Families with Dependent Children

(A.F.D.C.).   The A.F.D.C. was created after the passing of the Social Security Act of

1935.   Throughout the last 60 years, the welfare system has faced many changes,

including the 1988 Family...


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