"The Shrinking Welfare State: The New Welfare Legislative and Families", by D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn.

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In the assigned reading article The Shrinking Welfare State: The New Welfare Legislative and Families, by D. Stanley Eitzen and Maxine Baca Zinn the issue that the authors are trying to deliver is how the welfare reform is not actually helping any of the people that require the assistance. It also explains how the legislatures are not providing any solutions for how the people that are currently on welfare can overcome their financial status. I strongly agree with the majority of the issues represented in this reading.

I feel that most of the people who are on welfare today do not want to work and are comfortable staying home and collecting a "paycheck" from our government. As an employed taxpayer, I am disgusted that I pay for someone to stay home because they do not feel like working. I do not buy into the findings of availability of low-wage, entry-level positions depending on the time and place.

If you look in the classified section of the Sunday paper there are pages upon pages filled with employment opportunities. I know plenty of positions that offer training and do not require any experience. How many telemarketing companies, fast food restaurants, Wal-Mart's, K-Marts and even Targets do we have across the United States? They do not require any experience for some of their positions. So, why do we have welfare issues? I myself have been in positions where I was unemployed and had no income coming in. I did whatever I had to do to make ends meet but I never turned to the government for free money. I even applied at the local grocery stores just to have a paycheck until what I was looking for came along.

I know a few women and men who have been in positions...