The current program is TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
, which does not provide ample benefits to put people above
the poverty line
(i.e., for a single person= $11,000; for a familiy of 3= $38,000). The poverty line
is calculated using a terrible
equation, essentially, by mutiplying a minimal subsistence diet
(something you would get sick
on if you lived
on it for 5 years) by 3. Data has found that
you actually need to multiply this number by at least 5, and probably need to adjust for a more nutritional diet
doesn't make you ill.
Also, poor people do pay taxes, at least 7% of their income goes to taxes. Everyone pays taxes.
Welfare is federal aid to those that
qualify, but less than half the families
who qualify are given aid, even though our poverty
stricken populations are increasing.
Benefits include cash (average $350/month per family), food stamps, and Medicare/Medical. Even with
ALL of these benefits, TANF does not help people out of poverty
. While child poverty
rates have risen (23% in America, 10% higher than 30 years ago), federal
assistance has gone down (even though the benefits are MEAGER
People who are below the poverty line
are not riding
free; they do not want to be there, and most people are on TANF for VERY
short time periods. People end up there because
of life events: divorce, job loss/unemployment, illness, etc.
government gives more money to the rich than the poor ($7-13 billion/year); it would
take 50 years to equal that money in welfare.