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A 10 page research paper discussing the history of welfare programs in the United States and how their original purposes have changed drastically in modern times as so many new "costs" became involved. Welfare's criticisms are explained in great detail and a number of useful statistics are provided. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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not Robin Hoods actions should be considered just. Although Hoods escapades would today be deemed illegal and theoretically "wrong" in our contemporary American society, there does ironically exist a
modern entity which is comparably similar to Robin Hood and more often than not, equally as criticized. This socio-economical entity known as welfare has been the subject of much
debate for quite a number of decades and growing numbers of related reform programs continue to flower the promises of politicians with new hopes that often falsely claim to be
both mutually beneficial and satisfactory to all. Public assistance programs, commonly called welfare, provide cash or in-kind benefits for particular categories of poor and impoverished
persons. To be eligible for such programs a person must have income and assets below a certain level (a means test) and often must meet other eligibility criteria.
Public provision for the poor in the United States remains strongly influenced by the poor laws of England, which were punitive toward recipients of public charity. In general, those
who need public assistance are stigmatized, and their poverty is viewed as abnormal and temporary. Since it was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1935, welfare is an issue
that has always generated controversy. The so-called "welfare state" grew out of the tragedy of the Great Depression that began with the crash of the Stock Market in the United
States in October 1929. In the 1930s there was a group of people who desperately needed assistance, yet were not expected to work. These were women with young children
whose husbands had died, divorced, or deserted them. These women, who had to raise their children by themselves were viewed as one of the groups popularly thought of as the