What do you think about about welfare and how much assistance the government should provide? (public housing, the elderly, food stamps, insurance, free and reduced lunch, etc…)
Welfare has been going on for centuries as it dates back to at least the Roman Empire with Caesar and even in the story of Joseph saving up crop for the seven years of famine in Genesis where Joseph interpreted the dreams of the Pharaoh to the One of the first forms of a formal welfare started in England where the Government stepped in to take care of people in need in 1601 through the Poor Law. The poor law forced the poor to into hard labor for the government for meager wages. As we all know poor people have lived on this earth for ever but many of the systems for help were not very formal. Could you imagine every poor person of old age and disability not having any formal government assistance? The poor law of England helped inspire Germany’s national insurance plan of the 1880s, Brtitains public housing and the the US Social Security act for the elderly and the poor
Effects of poverty support listed below:
|Country||Absolute poverty rate
(threshold set at 40% of U.S. median household income)
|Relative poverty rate|
Empirical evidence suggests that taxes and transfers considerably reduce poverty in most countries, whose welfare states commonly constitute at least a fifth of GDP. The information shows that many “welfare states” would have lower poverty rates than a “non-welfare state” such as the U.S. before the transfer of wealth; an example would be Sweden that has a 23.7% poverty rate pre-transfer while the U.S. has a 21% poverty rate pre-transfer.