I was thinking about some of the changes I would like to see to welfare programs that I think would cut down on abuse and hopefully encourage more people to find work and/or better themselves and their lives to get off of welfare altogether eventually.
I would love to see everyone applying for welfare to either have a full-time job or be looking for full-time work. I do understand that there aren't necessarily enough jobs out there, especially now, to actually employ everyone, so I would suggest so many hours of school and/or approved community service be sufficient to make up for not finding a job.
I like the idea of making foodstamps a program more like WIC that greatly restricts what can and cannot be bought. I believe that this would work best to cut down on waste and possibly help poorer people eat better. I don't know if it would actually cut costs however. This would definitely take some research before it could be completely implemented, but the idea is still worth trying.
And I am for random drug testing and highly encouraged, if not mandatory, birth control. I don't think people should get more actual public money for having more children. If all the other things are implemented, it wouldn't actually be needed. Although it might be a good idea to figure out some way to help with getting baby needs so that the money can't be spent on other things.
I believe that anyone who doesn't put forth the effort to improve their lives and situation, should not ride on the shirttails of others. I do approve of welfare, in general, just not the way that it is currently done. There are way too many areas for abuse from what I've seen.
Maybe some people have some other suggestions and I'm sure there will be people who don't approve of at least one, if not several of my suggestions. That's what the discussion's for.