For many centuries, society has been responsible for people’s well-being. Sound like a good thing doesn’t it. Now let’s elaborate on it a bit. Why have society become responsible for the needs of people? Why can’t people be responsible for themselves? The answer to both questions is, social issues (i.e., unemployment, poverty, mental illness, homelessness, widowers, health problems, teenage parenting).
Because of social issues, social welfare systems and programs were formulated to assist those in need. Tax payers aren’t happy with the idea of their wages being garnished to help support the “needy”. Reason is, many people are taking advantage and abusing these services.
There’s the “needy”, people that may have a handicap that prevents them from maintaining a job, or they're employed and their income is below the poverty level. In contrast, there's the “greedy”, healthy individuals, unemployed, and collecting welfare benefits. Or, they may be employed and lying about their finances in order to receive governmental aid such as low-income housing and reduced child care services. How fare is that? Who should be responsible for taking care of who.
In regards to Individual responsibility vs social responsibility, some believe an individual is responsible for his own self and others believe the Government should help people when they are in need. Will this tug-a-war ever end? It’s been declared that social welfare is defined as; the well-being of society and therefore, society must take care of its own.
UNITED WE STAND; UNITED WE FALL
Written by: Angela Shoemake