The Many Faces of Welfare

Executive Summary:

Welfare in America today crosses all racial, economic, and demographic boundaries.

1. Welfare for the Inner City Single Mothers:

Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) was a federal assistance program in effect from 1935 to 1996 created by the Social Security Act to provide financial assistance to children whose families had low or no income.

The program grew from a minor part of the social security system to a significant system of welfare administered by the states with federal funding. AFDC was criticized for offering incentives for women to have children, and for providing disincentives for women to join the workforce. In 1996, AFDC was replaced by the more restrictive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

An Inner City Welfare Mother

2. Welfare for Health Care for the Poor:

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for people with limited income and resources. Medicaid also offers benefits not normally covered by Medicare, like nursing home care and personal care services. Medicaid is a government insurance program for persons of all ages whose income and resources are insufficient to pay for health care.

Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health-related services for people with low income in the United States, providing free health insurance to 74 million low-income and disabled people, 74 million! That’s 23 percent of the US population.

Of the 74 million Poor people who receive Medicaid, the major categories include; 46% are children, 15% are Disabled, 12% are Senior Citizens who also receive Medicare, and 2% are Institutionalized.

A Suburban Disabled Person on Medicaid

3. Welfare for Farmers as the result of the Orange Negotiator’s Tariffs:

The Amber Waves Of Grain announced a $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers caught in an escalating trade war, seeking to temper growing Republican dissent over the escalating Tariff Wars.

The $12 billion aid package (Welfare for Farmers) is designed to help farmers facing tariffs in China, Mexico and other countries that imposed the levies on U.S. products in response to the Golden Negotiators tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. It is the latest sign that growing trade tensions between the United States and other countries are unlikely to end soon.

A Rural Soy Bean Farmer receiving Tariff Welfare

So, Welfare in America today is given to Urban, Suburban, Rural Americans who are Black, Brown, Yellow, Red, that are unemployed, or Disabled and even to able bodied Farmers. God Bless America.