Everyone in America pays taxes if they work. Our tax dollars go to federal and state, but it also goes to Social Security, Medicare, and Welfare. The hard-working Americans are the ones who pay for low-income families, the unemployed, and for feeding families on food stamps through our tax dollars.

All too often, like the Social Security funds, the money always finds itself displaced in places it was not meant. There is nothing wrong with the programs doing what they are doing, so long as the people who use the funds are not taking from the funds when they do not need it.

The public is starting to catch on to where the money is going, and it has a lot of people upset.

Welfare is meant to help people get back on their feet during hard times. It was never meant for people to live off of. Now, the Federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, also known as “welfare,” has more leeway to pay for events such as abstinence-only sex education, Christian overnight camps, and pro-marriage advertisements.

Do not get me wrong, they are good things for the public, but this is why all the programs for the needy are headed toward bankruptcy. The idea comes from this statistic, race.

The government goes by the amount of African Americans are in a state. They are trying to change the way poor families live their lives rather than help low-income families pay their basic expenses.

When a person thinks of the word “welfare,” they think of the program as assistance for the needy, in which it is. With the statistics mentioned, some states will assist with little to no help at all.

The latest study was published in the Socio-Economic Review. The states with the higher rates of African Americans is harder to receive cash assistance. Those states are pushing to giving the money to organizations which “encourage the formation of two-parent families and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies.”

The basics of the foundation of a strong family is a great thing and needed, but many people feel if the money has to be used for these types of programs, then it should be used for helping the families go to work. The funds should come from somewhere else.

Many are viewing these changes racially motivated as more black families in poverty will be offered “A Healthy Marriage Initiative” rather than money to support themselves. Those who are for the diversion of the funds claim it would lessen the gap of black and white child poverty by 15 percent.

In some states like Arkansas, the trial was put to the test. There is a wide population of African Americans and low poverty rates. Welfare only spent 4 percent of the budget on cash in 2017, and the rest went toward “formation of two-parent families” and the “reduction of out-of-wedlock pregnancies.”

Across the United States, the spending on cash assistance has dropped from $14 billion to $7 billion since 1997. The biggest drop was in 2017 after President Trump took office.

Here is the eyebrow-raising question. Since the same amount of money is given to the states to disperse accordingly, then where is the rest of the money? The states show it is given to these programs which vary from state to state.

Some are going to Alternatives to Abortion programs, abstinence-only sex education, Christian summer camp, and compulsive gambler assistance programs.

States like Georgia, spend large amounts on foster care support and child welfare services. More states are leaning toward paying for all these programs out of general revenue instead of the welfare funds.

It would lessen the amount of money spent on welfare if states follow through with this practice. Reports are showing fewer families each year are receiving direct cash, and the child poverty level is dropping.

The only issue which is questionable is putting the race card in the mix.

Many people feel it is another division because the states with more blacks will have more money dispursed to the state. It appears the programs set forth by the state are working. As soon as the states start pulling money from other sources of revenue instead of welfare for these programs, the sooner the gaps can be closed.

The less money spent on welfare, the more funds can be used for something else other than government assistance.

It is good to see the numbers of dependents fall since Trump took office.

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