Isn't it time to study the performance of welfare recipients. Let the government go back five, ten, fifteen and twenty years. Let it then compile who the recipients were and where they are in life now. What is their income, what is their education level, etc.
Just as so many of us are monitored by form or another of performance standards, so should be the welfare system.
After the welfare statistics are compiled, a real case for the long term value of government welfare will begin to emerge.
So many studies have been done on the outcome of high level college educations. It would be beneficial to the country to do the same type of studies on the other end of the spectrum. Then if the current system isn't producing at least average results newer methods should be examined.