Persuasive Essay? ._.?

Persuasive Essay? ._.?
I have to write a persuasive essay on welfare for my English class, and I’m kind of losing my mind trying to write it. x_x
Do you have pointers as to how I can write this? I have so many topics I want to cover, yet I don’t even know where to begin.
My thesis statement is somewhere along the lines of “Those who really deserve welfare should not be punished because of those who abuse it.”
Any tips or advice?

How much does it cost each person, each year, to pay for welfare?
$1740.98 per year, for every man, woman, child in the United States.
Since about 25% are on the receiving end, it is actually higher, for those paying.

Consider first the total spent (not counting Social Security or Medicare):
SSI – Supplemental security Income – not social security -for people who didn’t work –
$50 Billion a year.
(see page 62 of the report)…
Medicaid ( not medicare) spending 2010 – $389 Billion:…
Food stamps 2011 – $71 Billion:…

TANF (cash assistance for families – federal funds) $21 Billion 2009…

(So I’m at $531 Billion a year (plus HUD, Energy, More).
Figures for 2012 will be higher.

Based on a population of 305 million, paying $531 Billion, is $1740.98 per person.
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How much does a welfare family of 3 have in income?
$21,996 per year.
If she were working she would have to earn at least $30,000 per year – probably more.
That is $14.40 per hour.
There are a lot of variables.
I choose Washington state, and have the children both under age five. The woman is paying $250 rent, and I did not count anything for HUD or section 8.
I assumed that the woman lived with family members and paid them $250 rent and help with the untilities a little – maybe $50 per month.
If she were getting housing help, it could easily increase another $5000 per year.
If she were in a work program, she would have day care, and that would increase her welfare benefits.
To keep it simple, I assumed the woman is claiming a disability and exempted from the work program.

A family of three, with no income, would receive a monthly TANF grant of $478.…
Based on rent of $250…………….food stamps would be $526.00…
LIHEAP (energy assistance would be $1000 per year, $83.00 per month.…
WIC (children to age 5) Washington average monthly benefit $41.64 x 2 = $83.28$.…
The average cost of Medicaid for one adult and two children $663.66…

The total of these benefits is $1833 per month.
Net of $21,996 per year.
Someone earning $30,000 per year, who nets 74% would have this income.
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Myth: Most welfare recipients are on benefits a short time.
Let me make that clearer.
At any one time 80% of any given caseload is chronic, repeat for one or more lifetimes.
80% of the money being spent at any one moment in time, is for the chronic, constantly needy, needy by choice, more than circumstances.
The other 20% comes and goes on a regular basis, in one door, out the other, never to be seen again.
At any moment in time, only 20% of the total, but over a long stretch (say five years), most of the ones helped were short timers, came and went, just like the myth says, most of the recipients on a short time,. . . . . . . but they only use 20% of the total funds available.
80% of the financial help available, goes to those ‘few bad apples.’
That does not sound like a good taxpayer investment to me.
It seems to me the lion share of the money should be spent on the temporarily poor, the poor by circumstances, more than choice.…
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Today’s antipoverty safety net is dramatically different from the one in place two decades ago when welfare reform was enacted. Rather than a safety net primarily dependent on cash assistance programs, as is the common perception, the current system is highly reliant on social service programs funded by government and delivered through community-based nonprofits. Annual public and private expenditures for social service programs today exceed total federal outlays for cash assistance programs like welfare, food stamps, and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Yet, little attention has been paid to the implications of this transformation in antipoverty assistance and the challenges a service-based safety net faces in the wake of the Great Recession.