What measures can help minimize welfare abuse?

I'm writing a paper on welfare and social services. One section is on welfare abuse, and I have to make suggestions on what measures can be put in place to minimize welfare/social services abuse. I have some ideas but I'm looking for more that I may not have thought of. For the purpose of the paper, eliminating welfare completely is not an option. But the system can be changed, for example instead of issuing food stamps, expand the WIC program and soup kitchens. Or mandate showing proof of working to receive benefits. Or eliminate the per-child benefits. Etc... Thanks!

Asked By: - 10/17/2010
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I hate to give credit to Bill Clinton (because I personally dislike him) but he did come up with a wonderful idea when he was governor of Arkansas. Not only was it a great idea but it worked great in the real world. He passed laws in the state that said to collect government money you had to work for the government... More
Answered By: bill j - 10/17/2010
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Standardize it and give it to every person, not just the poor... More
Answered By: Diggs Shobes - 10/17/2010
The only fix for it would not be tolerated by this entitlement government and bleeding hearts. There is not cure for it, it will get worse and worse... and the abuses will get proportionality worse. the government is not economically responsible... More
Answered By: Josey Wales - 10/17/2010
Eliminate it. The burecracy behind it by definition makes it inefficient and prone to waste and abuse. Empower local and community Charities that can help meet individual needs. Government "help" only makes large groups of people dependent. Not only does it make you dependent, it takes by threat of force and calls it... More
Answered By: sound_of_the_silenced3 - 10/17/2010
A Republican controlled Congress forced President Clinton to enact sweeping welfare reforms. These reforms were later hailed as the most effective reform in 20 years. These reforms were repealed by the 2009 economic stimulus that was enacted at the beginning of the Obama administration.
Answered By: gws35 - 10/17/2010
People receiving welfare should show proof that they are trying to find work. There need to be random checks to see if a recipient is living alone or with someone who is paying their bills. There should be drug screenings and anyone using drugs should be denied welfare and their children removed from the home.
Answered By: dewdrop - 10/17/2010
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