Why do Republicans continue the Myth that Welfare exists for the Poor?

Washington D.C. welfare caseworker Angela Perkins Washington, D.C. welfare caseworker Angela Perkins talks to Cynthia Harris. (Juana Arias, Washington Post) Welfare's Changing Face By Dan Froomkin Washingtonpost.com Staff Updated July 23, 1998 Welfare as we knew it no longer exists. The 61-year... show more Washington D.C. welfare caseworker Angela Perkins
Washington, D.C. welfare caseworker Angela Perkins talks to Cynthia Harris. (Juana Arias, Washington Post)

Welfare's Changing Face

By Dan Froomkin
Washingtonpost.com Staff
Updated July 23, 1998

Welfare as we knew it no longer exists.

The 61-year American tradition of guaranteeing cash assistance to the poor came to an end with the signing of legislation in August 1996.

Under the old system, founded during the Great Depression, the federal government provided fairly uniform benefits to the nation's poor – mostly mothers and children – without regard to the details of their personal circumstances, and with no time limit.

But over time, the system became increasingly unpopular. Political opinion turned against the idea of anyone getting rewarded for being idle. Social critics said welfare was responsible for a permanent underclass of people living off government checks because the incentives to go to work were so weak.

Now, a federal system that was once fairly consistent has been turned over to the states, where programs are diverging widely. And it is far from clear whether the poor will be better or worse off.
Update: State Welfare varies greatly Poor Red State Republicans ( mainly southern White people with children ) flock to my state here in the South West looking for a better life and Immediately get On and use our state Welfare system though our state Welfare is barely acquit for survival Just mainly cheap housing when... show more State Welfare varies greatly
Poor Red State Republicans ( mainly southern White people with children ) flock to my state here in the South West looking for a better life and
Immediately get On and use our state Welfare system though our state Welfare is barely acquit for survival Just mainly cheap housing when it is available WIC food stamps ( max $114.00 a month for an individual ) and small amounts of cash which = around $250.00 a month. If you can live on that good luck. I have friends who work for the state Welfare system.
Update 2: Most Republicans if not filthy rich are Welfare Trash
Update 3: Republicans You squawk and Parrot Right wing Propaganda
You Live Your whole Life based upon Lies obviously
You slander other people abuse poor woman
And because of this evil that You perpetuate
Your time WILL COME to an End .
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