The Importance of the Welfare System

Published: 25th August 2010
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The concept of a welfare system is a fundamental facet of every modern democracy, and for good reason. It has deep historical roots that date back to the ancient Greeks, Romans, and even the first testament of the Bible.

The idea is a simple one. The citizens of a democracy pay all sorts of different taxes, both ones that are reflective of how well-off they are (such as income tax) and ones that aren't (sales tax, excise taxes).

If it wasn't for these taxes, the government would have no way to pay for all the service it is obligated to provide to it's citizenry. Of those are included healthcare benefits, education, national defense, road maintenance and all the administrative costs that go along with them.

Welfare is of course, included in this list. The government is acting as a sort of Robin Hood, taking from the rich, and giving to the poor. Welfare provides money for the basic needs of families and individuals in need, with a focus on single parents who, despite working multiple jobs, may not be able to provide for their children. But, welfare also provides money for individuals in need, who may be unemployed. In this case, though, there are a set of incentives built into the system to encourage the unemployed ad on welfare to find jobs and become independent. Folks in the system need to provide proof they're searching for work, and you can only spend a maximum of 5 years dependent on welfare benefits.

These ideas are pretty recent, and were introduced by President Clinton to try and fix what was, at the time, a struggling and convoluted system. The result was a great increase in employment rate, and an economic boom.

If you are one of the millions in need of financial assistance, don't be ashamed. The system exists for a reason, and it works.

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