Whew! I can see there are a lot of strong feelings here! While I believe there are some who drain the system, I disagree it's 90%, at least where I am. I still think it serves a purpose. The system as it is needs great improvements, but without it, many people who may have made a mistake, a bad investment, lost their jobs, wouldn't have any other means to survive, and their children would suffer.
I think a limit has to be enforced, but 2 years is difficult for a working mother to get a degree, esp with small babies. I think there should be a limit to the number of children covered, maybe 3 (hard to say, what if someone has 4, should one child go hungry? They didn't ask to be born.) And I agree 100% that mandatory drug testing, just like someone who is employed would have to be subjected to to receive a paycheck. If they are using, their benefits should be revoked and children removed to foster care, again, not a great situation for the children.
Believe it or not, there are many people who do not want to be on welfare.
The bigger problem is how to remove oppression and poverty, how to stop drug abuse. If anyone has the answer to that, we may not need welfare any more. At least now in NJ we have family care, so singles and families who have jobs, even though they may be working poor, or at Mc Donalds for min wage, can get insurance. It seems like an better incentive, at least you can now get a job and still get health benefits.