Government aid programs are crucial because they give a single mother the chance to provide for her children after her husband leaves. They give the man who is laid off after 20 years of hard work at his factory job an opportunity to have some income until he can find another place of employment. These programs, which provide families with a means of staying afloat during times of financial instability, allow them to continue providing for their households until they can obtain the means to do so without government aid… in most cases.
These government programs have flaws that are very often manipulated and taken advantage of by the recipients of the aid that is provided. For example, many drug users take advantage of the government’s money just to spend their unemployment funds on illegal substances and use their food stamps to feed themselves. In reality, the purpose of the government’s money being granted to them is to help them get back on their feet after a period of financial hardship. For this reason, drug testing should be made mandatory in order to be sure that the government’s money is being put use for its true purpose and not for the purpose of supporting drug dealers and those who commit illegal acts.
A second change that could be made is to the unemployment benefit program. Instead of simply giving money to people that are unemployed, there should be more work done to promote finding a job when one loses their job or is laid off. With a national debt of eighteen trillion dollars and climbing, the least the government should do is to promote the recipients of their own money to find work and earn their living rather than riding on the government’s aid. In addition, the Welfare program should do the same for the people who utilize their welfare checks to support their children when they are having children out of wedlock. This is not to say that this issue is primarily associated with finding a job as it is having kids without being in a married or entirely committed relationship between two partners. An additional option would be to reform child support in order to make it easier for single parents or guardians to support their children without having to receive as much money from the government. Reforming child support will not solve the issue, but it may aid in part of not only reforming government aid programs, but also to start slowing the increasing amount of debt that our country has accumulated, partially as a result of the number of people who receive government aid.
There is no debating that these government aid programs are extremely important to many families in our country: 49% of families, in fact, receive government, aid according to CNS News. If almost half of the United States are receiving government aid, then there needs to be that much more enough effort from the government to reduce their dependency on the government and increase their independence in the name of their family’s sake. It can only be a matter of time before there is no more money to hand out to these families; therefore, efforts need to be set on promoting people finding work, adjusting welfare in order to give money to the children and not their parents, and giving food stamps, or aid in general, to people who are substance-free and are not spending their money on illegal activities.