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Should those on welfare be required to work?

Requiring jobs to get welfare is productive

No, it hurts those who are most in need

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Historical data and several studies indicate that the introduction of work requirements in order to receive welfare has resulted in many individuals increasing their incomes up to twofold, reports Jonathan Ingram of Forbes. It worked as a positive incentive to get people to improve their situations on their own. Arguments against the rule that able-bodied and -minded adults must first get a job to receive welfare don’t understand how working can improve one's situation. Its introduction in places like Kansas has resulted in many people dragging themselves out of poverty and more than doubling their income. Work requirements for welfare are beneficial.

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Requiring that people work in order to receive welfare is a deeply flawed idea that hurts society’s poorest in a misguided attempt to save money, asserts Vann R. Newkirk II of The Atlantic. Areas where this did work relied on extensive job training programs, subsidized work and well-funded placement programs, which aren’t widespread. Getting a poor person a job doesn’t necessarily put them on the path to prosperity, as they can be poorly paid and still lack long-term security. Many adults with impairments are still categorized as ‘able-bodied,’ resulting in those most in need losing their welfare. Welfare should not be conditional.

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