XIII-"Our Costly Dilemma" - Ed [Edgar] May - Buffalo Evening News

XIII-"Our Costly Dilemma" - Ed [Edgar] May - Buffalo Evening News

Welfare Not a Bonanza For Those Truly in Need

by: Ed May | publication date: June 21, 1960 | Publication: Buffalo Evening News |

"I'm wasting my time working. I'd be better off on welfare." The man holding the steaming cup of coffee could have been your neighbor, the worker at the next machine or the bus passenger sharing a seat. What he said is repeated often in the mounting public distress over high welfare costs. It is the echo of revelations of laxity, chiseling, laziness and dishonesty. It is also wrong. Because a man would be better off "on the welfare" only if he wanted to feed and clothe each of his children for less than a dollar a day.

In the penultimate article in his 14-part series on New York State's welfare program, Ed May explains that while some may abuse the system for extra-cash, welfare benefits provide just the bare minimum for those who rely on it entirely.

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