I'm tired of all these conservatives crying about how the poor just want hand-outs. That they are lazy, parasites just sucking the life out of this country. I'm a social worker by training, a true social worker. Not one that opted to become a therapist without actually having to go to medical school. Not that there is anything wrong with that, those caseworker thrapist types are very much needed as well. It's just that i'm more of a community development, community organizer type. I beleive in teaching people how to navigate the system to make where they live a better place, I beleive in self determination for the community, that they should take charge of the policy and determine for themesleves the type of comminity they want. I leave the pyschological navigation to the "therapist," I have my own psycho socio issues to contend with.
The way many people define welfare in this country is the aid provided to the poor and indigent. They make the word entitlements something bad. The fact of the matter is that that word entitlement simply means some you are entitled to. For example you work a job and a portion of your earnings are deducted for things like FICA (social security) and unemployment disability benefits. While you are healthy and working you are contributing to these funds. Its like putting money into the bank for a rainy day. The thing is that when that rainy day comes (you retire, you get hurt on the job, you lose your job) and you attempt yo make a cash withdrawal you are put there a seroies of obsticles and worse, you are made to feel as if you are requsting a hand out. REMEMBER, YOU CONTRIBUTED TO THIS so yes, you are ENTITLED to receive these BENEFITS.
Now the real definition of welfare is taking something (as in from the government) for which you are not entitled, as in, for example, using a federal jet to fly from country to country for your honey moon. Or, flying to your golf resort everyweekend on the taxpayters dime. That is welfare and no, they are not entitled to those.
Welfare is when your mega corporation which gets defined as "to big to fail" fails and brings this country to the brink of depression and the governemnt rewards you by bailing you out. The is insane yet the socalled conservatives do not see it that way. They see that as business as usual but a poor person asking for a plate of food, or assistence in finding a decent place to live, that they see as wrong.
Now that I put my mindset with regards to welfare into prespective, here is a bit of information many Americans do not even know about.
So in 1928 the stock market crashed, gee I w onder why, I wonder if corporate greed had anything to do with it. They say history repeats itself and I'd venture to say that when the housing bubble burst it was almost a repitition of the stock market crash of 1929.
Anyway, President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted many programs to help lift the spirits of the many downtrodden and people left destitute by the depression in this country. Public works that put the unemployed back to work but back to work rebuilding the infrastuctureof this country. They build roads, dams, bridge and highways. He instituted the prgram called AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) what the conservatives labled welfare and have been whining about ever since, he instituted Social Security a program to ensure that when citizens became old and could no longer work they would at least have some form of income. Enter the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission, a government branch created to ensure communication amoung and between citizens in time of crisiss.
And now A snapshot of the history of the Federal Lifeline Program
It was in 1934 under the leadership of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that the Federal Communications Act of 1934 was enacted which created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with the opjective of regulating interstate communication and establishing a nationwide communication and radio system that would be available to all Americans.
In 1985, during the Ronald Regan Presidency, the Lifeline Assistance Program was established to help provide low-income families with affordable, basic, landline telephone options. This was a program that not to many people knew about, certianly not anyone in the urban centers of America. So here's the thing, this prgram was inplemented to ensure that everyone had a means of communication so that in the event of a national crisiss people could call out for help. This program was a paid telephone service. Thats right, you read that right. At a time when most of us could not afford to excist, at a time when telephone service was still considered a luxury by many of us, the government was footing the telephone bill for many people. Now, knowing the racist stance of many in government historically and during Reagan's presidency can you guess who was getting their phones paid for? I'll give you a hint CAUCASIANS.
While Bill Clinton was President the Telecommunications Act of 1996 created the Universal Service Fund (USF). This Act states that all telecommunications carriers must contribute to the USF, which is used to provide low-income families with Lifeline Assistance. Then in 1997 the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC) was created to manage the four aspects of the USF (High Cost Program, Low Income Lifeline Program, Schools and Libraries Program, and Rural Healthcare Program) and to collect contributions from telecommunications carriers for the USF. The USAC is an independent, non-profit company that is regulated by the FCC.
It was in 2005 while George W. Bush was president that wireless telephone service aka cellphones were included into the Lifeline Assistance Program.
However it was in 2012, during President Barrack Obama's tenture that the FCC adopted a reform that eliminated waste, abuse, and fraud, and saved the nation over two billion dollars during the first three years that it was in effect.
On March 31, 2016, while Barrack Obama was still President, the FCC adopted a comprehensive reform and modernization of the Lifeline program. Included in this Modernization Order was the proviso that broadband must be a support service in the Lifeline program. The FCC then established minimum service standards for Lifeline-supported services to ensure maximum value of these universal service dollars, and established a National Eligibility Verifier to make independent subscriber eligibility determinations.