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Welfare Programs - Early History Of Welfare In The United States, Social Security, Employment Programs, Aid To Families With Dependent Children - Conclusion

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The history of welfare programs in the United States is a controversial one. Although many other nations in the world have welfare systems, some of which provide certain kinds of assistance for all citizens, the United States has always been divided in terms of what welfare means and who should receive welfare benefits. The welfare system in America underwent significant changes in the late 1990s in order to reduce the number of people receiving certain types of welfare benefits. This occurred as a result of political and economic changes that caused American society to reexamine the meaning of its welfare programs against a rising tide of concern about and disdain for public assistance. In order to understand the welfare system of the early twenty-first century, however, it is important to first understand and reflect upon the inception and history of welfare in the United States.

The issues surrounding welfare and welfare reform are controversial, political, and difficult to resolve. Almost seventy years after the formation of the welfare state, debate continued about who deserves and who does not deserve benefits. With TANF scheduled to be reauthorized and reevaluated in 2002, the successes and failures of U.S. welfare programs were certain to make for interesting policy discussions well into the twenty-first century.


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about 8 years ago

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Goodbye Welfare

Teaching people how to get off welfare and succeed.

I saw this woman Tracy Harvey, on YouTube, who was a lifetime on welfare but is now very wealthy. I purchased her book, Goodbye Welfare. As a social worker I was very excited by it becasue I can never find anything that actually teaches people how to get off the welfare cycle. She's an Australian woman but is in U.S version. It is inspiring because she was a single mother who not only changed her life financially but has taught so many around the world with very basic no nonsense (in your face) strategies. This book is different because it targets people on generational welfare people and those less likely to succeed because they haven't had the mentors or education in life (neither did her). Since her book came out in '06 people from around the world who have been homeless, drowning in debt etc have not only turned their lives around by following her strategies, but have excelled in other life ways beyond belief. She predicted so many financial events that have since occurred and warns that unless we introduce financial education into schools as a core subject then we will never eradicate hardship.

We are using the info in our social services group work and having some remarkable results , because for the first time many of our clients can see 'hope' that they too can achieve regardless of the adversity which is something that is missing in many lives .

With the hard times we are experiencing in the US I believe we need something 'real' that is motivating and gives hope by someone who tells it how it is and doesn't color it up with difficult dialogue that the layman can't understand. She's lived it (one child with a disability). Edie Housten, TX

Wow! That is so great! I need to purchase this one for someone I know.

Maybe the government should hand these out to people on welfare, if it motivates 10% of them to say goodbye welfare then it would be a good investment!


11-21-2010, 08:29 PM #4


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Inspiring! The point I agree with the most is that financial education is the number one defense against poverty.


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Wow!! Inspiring posting. Thanks for sharing.

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almost 9 years ago

this is super gay