There is a strong moral imperative to give public assistance to those in need.  Nevertheless, our current system of determining the need for an individual to receive assistance often does not place any work requirements on individuals who are receiving these benefits.  In fact, the current system often provides a disincentive for individuals receiving assistance to work through a reduction in the level of assistance individuals receive once they begin to earn money.  I’m a strong believer that as humans, we need meaning and purpose in our lives.  Work is one mechanism through which we derive meaning and purpose.  Requiring most individuals receiving public assistance to work in some capacity (including volunteer work) would be of a benefit to both the individual and the larger society.

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