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Discuss the philosophical positives and negatives in relation to the government's role in social welfare. Include examples of social insurance and public assistance programs, and explain the differences between the two.

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Philosophically the government has a social contract with its people. This means that as long as the people are law abiding citizens, the government protects and provides for the better good of the people. In a sense, public assistance programs are created in order to protect individuals who otherwise would have nothing and would not be able to provide for their own basic goods. While social insurance is provided to make sure that when individuals become older or disabled and are no longer able to provide for themselves, the government uses some of the funds that they have paid in order to make sure that they are able to in a way help themselves when they are no longer able to work. This way, no matter what the situation is or what ...

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Discuss the philosophical positives and negatives in relation to the government's role in social welfare. Include examples of social insurance and public assistance programs, and explain the differences between the two.

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