social welfare


Definition of social welfare 

: organized public or private social services for the assistance of disadvantaged groups specifically : social work

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When the police used violence to crush a peaceful protest against cuts to social welfare on April 18, all that discontent just exploded. Vivienne Walt, Time, "Meet 4 Crusaders Who Are Keeping the Dream of Democracy Alive," 12 July 2018 One, any kind of social welfare payment should be time-bound. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "GOP U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson focuses on demand-side of opioid crisis," 3 July 2018 In their place, and to the dismay of many global investors, voters are swinging sharply left, choosing a candidate who pledges to put the poor first with massive social welfare spending. Kathleen Hunter,, "Travel Ban Win Could Embolden Trump on Border," 27 June 2018 Many were deported, lost their jobs, denied medical treatment through the National Health Service and were unable to claim social welfare. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "UK honors 'Windrush generation' amid scandal over their immigration status," 22 June 2018 While American public opinion does fluctuate with events, a majority of American voters have consistently expressed support for progressive taxation and social welfare spending. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Study: You Can Get Whites to Oppose Welfare With This One Weird Trick," 1 June 2018 State governments still wield significant power over a wide range of policy areas, quite independent of Washington, particularly in social welfare provision. Lee Drutman, Vox, "America has local political institutions but nationalized politics. This is a problem.," 31 May 2018 In a capitalist country, the focus is on profits over anything else; in a socialist country, the public is seen to be more important, and social welfare is a major priority. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "What “Capitalism” Is and How It Affects People," 11 Apr. 2018 Today, activist groups and major donors in the Republican Party encourage conservatives to fight on against social welfare programs, even if success seems unlikely. Eric Patashnik, Washington Post, "Republicans are still trying to repeal Obamacare. Here’s why they are not likely to succeed," 13 June 2018

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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social welfare

social wel·fare | \-ˈwel-ˌfa(ə)r, -ˌfe(ə)r \

Medical Definition of social welfare 

: organized public or private social services for the assistance of disadvantaged groups specifically : social work

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