The Impact Of Social Welfare

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Social welfare is a multifaceted concept that has brought forth multifarious political, philosophical, social, economic, and most important, spiritual perspectives and arguments on assessing and addressing the needs of the poor. Additionally, social welfare also posed an important question: Who is responsible for helping the poor? Ultimately, the Federal government of the United States decided it was their responsibility in taking care of the poor and implemented federal and state welfare programs to tackle poverty accordingly. As a result, the welfare system has precipitated a nation completely dependent on the government for welfare benefits in order to meet the expenses of daily living. Essentially, a careful examination of the welfare system in the United States and its impact on American labor force, independence, and family and community relationships will reveal a stark contrast between Biblical principles and American dependence on government social welfare programs and their benefits.

In response to a long-term economic decline, governments (federal, state, and local) grant financial aids to poor and low-income Americans in an effort to meet needs of and provide a better living for individuals or families that cannot take care of themselves without assistance (Investopedia). The welfare system consists of various federal programs that provide cash, food, housing, medical care, social services, training, and education. According to Federal Safety Net,

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