As an American, here is my experience with the welfare system:
A few years ago, when me and my now wife were early in our relationship my wife lost her job after 12 years. She worked full time and part of her pay goes into the system. Not long before i met her she had a baby girl (my now step-daughter). Her job was moved to Mexico so she was laid off.
So now she is a single mother with no job and no baby daddy to step in. By some calculations she should have went out and bougth a Lexus along with some 4-wheelers, but thats not how it works. She recieved a small amount of money each week from the government. Not enough to support her child. Right around this time is when i entered the picture. I knew her from work so she stayed with me. She proceeeded to take advantage of the government, not by buying cadillacs but by taking LNA classes. within 4 months she had a new job thanks to her newly learned skills and was now comnpletely off the system.
This is how the system is supposed to work. She payed into the system and got something from the system. She is now an Obama supporter, because help was there when she needed it. She didnt complain she just did what needed to be done.