Welfare Program Necessary But Failing in America

Welfare Program Necessary But Failing in America

Braden Lee, Contributing Reporter

It is widely agreed upon that the goal of a society is to allow the freedom for every citizen to live a comfortable, productive, and happy life. So, wouldn’t it make sense for our government to just give disadvantaged people the money they need to either live or to give them a comfortable “launchpad” to success? However, looking at America’s welfare system, this has proven to be false, and even counterintuitive. The welfare system has failed America in securing a healthier, safer, more productive, and happier society.

Food stamps, an imperative piece of the welfare puzzle, is often looked at as the starts of the problem.  While the intentions of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) ring honest and true, the end result of the program leads to the already poor settling on junk food with their food assistance, a lot of junk food.

As a clerk at a local HyVee, I have personally yet to see an incident in which a customer with food stamps has bought a predominantly healthy meal, which emphasizes the problems with the SNAP program.

Problem #1: Food stamps pay for too much food. If not all food is covered after, say, three months, then the customer would be more encouraged to find a better, more well-paying job.

Problem #2: Food stamps allow for too much junk food to be purchased. WIC does a much better job in regulating what types of food is purchased.

Food stamps are not the only place where welfare programs still come up short. The welfare system prioritizes consumption over investment, which is a huge problem. The necessary education and training isn’t always given to individuals on welfare so that they can actually better society, but instead just places money in the hands of the entitled, who still work a shift job at a local restaurant or grocery store. Those jobs only minimally help the public improve their lives. This gives the poor no way to be self-sufficient, but instead keeps them in low-paying, dead-end jobs, that, in effect, keep them poor. The welfare system needs to be changed in order to use people’s tax money to teach lower class individuals the skills necessary for higher paying jobs, rather than just handing out money. (Give a man a fish and he is fed for a meal. Teach a man to fish, and he eats for life.) America’s current welfare system benefits the poor in the short term, but hurts them and the rest of the country in the long run.