Rethinking Welfare and Social Security for a Stronger America

President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the foundations of our welfare state with pure intentions, aiming to lift our retired citizens from poverty through Social Security in 1933. This vision has expanded through subsequent administrations, including President Johnson’s.

However, over the years, the evolution of welfare has led to some unintended consequences. My belief is that we must reassess and realign our welfare approach to reinforce the values of compassion, self-reliance, and fiscal responsibility. Here’s how:

Social Security: A Commitment, Not a Handout

To me, Social Security is not mere welfare but a promise—an insurance policy that Americans pay into for their future. It’s time to put it on solid fiscal ground. Unfortunately, Congress’s diversion of these funds for other purposes has weakened this essential safety net. Let’s mend it quickly to protect the confidence and security of those nearing retirement.

Welfare: Support with Purpose

Welfare should be a helping hand, not a permanent crutch. It must be evaluated based on need, provided
compassionately but sparingly, and always with the aim of fostering independence. This includes reining in corporate and foreign assistance that doesn’t serve our national interests.

I advocate for:

  • Sustainable Support: Temporary assistance to ensure basic life needs, without unnecessary excess.
  • Prioritizing Citizens: Putting American citizens first, as any nation should prioritize its people.
  • Engaging the Private Sector: Trusting in the private sector’s capacity to provide charity as needed, with the government focusing on health, safety, and security.
  • A Balanced Perspective on Welfare

Both parties have perspectives on welfare that contain truths and missteps. While some in the Democratic party may over-rely on government assistance, some in the GOP might overlook the essential role of government in providing a safety net.

My vision is one of balance:

  • Empowering Self-Reliance: Encouraging people to provide for themselves, recognizing that genuine self-sufficiency brings dignity and fulfillment.
  • Compassionate Care: Understanding that government assistance is vital in desperate times but should be tempered with wisdom.
  • Community Responsibility: Building a prosperous society where individuals, communities, and faith organizations have the means to offer support and teach self-sufficiency.


Our welfare system began with noble intentions, and those principles should continue to guide us. By reassessing and restructuring our approach to welfare and Social Security, we can create a compassionate and fiscally responsible system that serves our citizens well. Let’s work together to ensure that we provide temporary support and lifelong empowerment, not dependency. Let’s teach our fellow Americans to fish, as we also provide for them temporarily. Our strength as a nation lies in the balance of compassion, responsibility, and self-reliance.

8 Responses

  1. While both Democrats and Republicans generally support some form of government assistance for those in need, there are significant differences in their views on the scope and extent of government assistance, how to fund it, and whether to attach work requirements to receiving benefits.

    Democrats generally support a more extensive welfare system that provides a safety net for the most vulnerable members of society. They tend to support programs like food stamps, housing assistance, and Medicaid. They also tend to support progressive taxation to fund these programs.

    Republicans generally support a smaller welfare state and prefer a more limited government role in social programs. They tend to support policies that emphasize work and self-sufficiency, such as work requirements for welfare recipients and job training programs. They also tend to support lower taxes and less regulation.

    It’s important to keep in mind that political views on welfare are not monolithic within either party, and there is considerable variation in the views held by individuals.
    In my view, welfare in America can be tailored to individual needs, while taking into account both financial feasibility and effective public service. Rather than relying exclusively on either generalized approach, a nuanced balance is necessary. I believe that finding a functional medium between these two approaches is possible.

    To elaborate on my points, I would like to add that there are a number of factors that can influence a person’s views on welfare, including their personal experiences, their economic situation, and their beliefs about the role of government. For example, someone who has grown up in poverty may be more likely to support government assistance programs, while someone who has worked hard to achieve financial success may be more likely to oppose them.

    It is also important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the issue of welfare. What works in one state may not work in another, and what works for one individual may not work for another. Ultimately, the best way to address the issue of welfare is to find a system that meets the needs of both individuals and society as a whole.

    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful reply. I mostly agree with you. I would add that I think both parties have lost fiscal responsibility for welfare programs and that used to actually be the GOP’s job. The GOP does not stand up against excessive spending, and the left seems to fail to understand the dangers of excessive spending. Hence, we spend on those in need and those in want. I think when the federal government gets involved in welfare, it necessarily must be one size fits all and therefore should be minimal. In the long run, I believe Americans will pick up that slack to help those in need, and we are much better equipped to assess the need than some DC agency. America is still the most generous nation and people on Earth, so I don’t think this is such a hard problem to solve. It is mainly about stopping welfare for those not in need, including corporate tax breaks, support for other nations, and on and on.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to consider my views. I hope you are doing well, along with all Americans.

    I believe that our positions align more than they deviate. While some social welfare programs have suffered from mismanagement by the federal government, it is worth noting that others have been successful in providing support to those in need. As you have observed, Americans are more than capable of helping each other, and I think there is a general consensus among us that welfare services should remain in place. The endless debate around implementation often arises due to differences in opinion.

    In my opinion, the main reason we haven’t seen improvements is the lack of motivation to engage in productive conversations and negotiate our differences. Too often, we rely on politicians to navigate these discussions for us, instead of working towards constructive solutions ourselves.

    Thank you for your attention

    1. Thanks for your comment here. I think you cite a fundamental problem. In the USA, neither the people, nor the politicians we elect, are engaging in productive conversations and negotiating differences. This problem applies to most every issue and we must end it. That is why this forum is here. Americans should unite around a centered leader who cares for all above parties. Parties are just not succeeding and it is terribly inefficient to flop back and forth having President implement law as they see fit thru executive orders. Build a wall, tear down a well that cost billions. Stand up to China, cave to China sends all the wrong messages. Let’s unite like our namesake the USA, behind a moderate, kind, independent self funded candidate. Thanks!

  3. Welfare reform starts and ends with affordable health care for all, a living wage for all, and affordable housing for all. People are on welfare BECAUSE they can’t afford their health care, food, and/or housing.

    People working 50 hours a week doing 2 part time jobs are the people on welfare you want to cut benefits for because you don’t want to hold their employers responsible. Check out statistics on how many Walmart employees are on welfare.

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