Since poverty was recognized as a social problem, attempts have been made to “regulate” the poor. The Great Depression saw this concept of regulation as a government responsibility expanded to efforts never realized previously; and in the early 1970s, the increase in social welfare rolls brought these efforts to new heights yet again. Almost since that time, the term reform has been a part of any conversation that addresses the regulation of the poor and relief giving. Liberal giving had begun to peak under the reality that there are limitations to the amount of aid even industrialized nations are able to provide.

So the legislature set out to create a series of restrictions and requirements as antecedents to receiving government assistance. This resulted in welfare ...

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