The New Faces of Welfare: Overcoming the Stigma of State Assistance

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  1. Nikole Hahn says:

    I think it was one of Reagen’s aids who said it best–unemployment should be miserable in order to encourage someone to get a job and hold onto it. Reform is needed for both welfare and unemployment to encourage people to stand on their own feet. Everyone needs help occasionally and with the generous supply of charitable organizations out there ready and willing to help, our own government should not encourage the unemployment rate by making it easier to get unemployment or welfare. It is only logical that if welfare and unemployment are easy to keep for years on end as is the case in some cities, then employment will continue to go down and government spending will continue to rise.

  2. missthecla says:

    This is an interesting , well-written article. There are so many sides to these programs that seek to help people who need it that is is hard to draw any definite conclusions about the people who receive help. Some companies who look down on people they employ that use food stamps are unwilling to pay those same people a better wage so they don’t qualify for or need food stamps. People who have never been hungry should not be so quick to judge people who need and use food stamps. There is abuse in every program and always will be because of human nature but that does not mean that the programs should be done away with. People who are burdened with just surviving do not have the time and resources and sometimes good health to be as involved in their civic participation as someone who may be more economically blessed. Bernie Madoff robbed investors of more than 21 billion dollars, where is the outrage over that by the American Public? Some of his victims are probably in need of food stamps now. Our government needs to study the lives of people who need help in order to help the next generation to avoid some of the mistakes that may have led to their dependence on help. And I guarantee you, some of the mistakes were made by people in power over the people who needed help. In my opinion, higher education should be free to those students who have good grades and want to further their education, not just available to those who have the money to go. In the long run, better educated or trained citizens, is going to help everyone by reducing the need for help. I believe everyone that can, should raise a garden and at least have fresh vegetables through the summer months and reduce their dependence on store bought food. You can buy seed with food stamps. Don’t look down or judge people who get help. Thank God for your blessings if you don’t need help and remember the Bible says, “Pride goes before a fall.”

  3. I used to work as a government official. Govt is still too political, paid and bought for, and intentionally disorganized for the general public to trust it. The govt “welfare” low tax credit allocation program that distributes federal monies to the states to owners of apartment properties is an example. Like a Three Stooges comedy, it is difficult to figure who is in charge of compliance between HUD, the IRS, and the states. On purpose.,

  4. incogman says:

    Sounds just like what the Nation Wreckers want to see — dependent little people of the State instead of real Americans who have had quite enough of NWO ambitions. We’ll see how long this bull lasts before White America turns the tables in a big, BIG WAY.

  5. kiyallsmith says:

    The timing of the gathering of data here is quite interesting…not long after TANF, but long enough that it might have begun to influence the culture and the way we regard welfare recipients.

    Some of the comments here suggest that there is still stigma against welfare recipients, but if this is softening it would be a great change for the country as a whole as well as the individuals who require assistance.

    Simmel also recognizes the importance of framing assistance, so that it is regarded as for the good of society as a whole, not just for the good of the recipients. This is what happened for the banking industry last fall, but we still don’t look at welfare policies in this fashion.


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