Here's a touchy subject. Let's discuss! Be civil. I'm sure there are some people who are benefiting from welfare on these forums. Please choose your words carefully, and don't attack others. So what do you think about American Welfare? Personally, I think it needs some change. Now, I'm not accusing anyone here, but I don't like the idea of some bum sitting around and using my hard earned money to fuel their drug habit. I know someone out there is doing it. But I also understand that there are people who are going through hard times, and need some help. So here's my solution: I know it's not perfect, I'm not some expert on how politics work, (I'm only 17...And yes, I do work and pay taxes) but I'd like to see something a bit like this happen. Who is getting my money? People should be thoroughly screened before they are able to benefit from welfare. Do they have a drug habit? Have they ever had a drug habit? How did they find themselves in this situation? Will they try to get themselves back on track? How long do they expect to be on the program? How are they using my money? To make sure the wrong people aren't using my money for the wrong things, maybe a sort of auto-pay thing could work. Bills (Water, gas, electricity, etc.) Could be sent directly to the welfare department and be paid for by the department. Food stamps would be allotted for food, and then a portion of money could be allotted for leisure. If a person was considered "High-risk" for abuse, random drug tests could occur. Do they need more help? The welfare department should have meetings with people who are benefiting from it. How far have they come? Are they making an attempt to get back on their feet? How else can the government help them? They could be offered job applications, and learn other ways to help manage their money. The welfare department should make every attempt possible to help people get off of the program. Dealing with abuse If people are abusing the program (not attempting to find a job, using the money for drugs, etc...) they should be dealt with. Drug addicts should be sent to rehab centers, and more attempts should be made to help those who won't look for a job. If they still will not try to get themselves off the program, their welfare should be terminated. Maybe they could set a time limit for benefits. After so long, the benefits would just stop and you would be on your own. So there it is. I know, it's not perfect, and I don't expect you to agree with it. And no, I don't think that everyone on welfare is abusing it, I just think more attempts should be made to deal with those who are. I think the government should try harder to get people off of the program. I want to know what you guys think about welfare. And remember, be civil, and respect the opinions of others.