from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. receiving financial assistance from a governmental agency, such as a welfare agency.
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And so, despite all the crafty scheming that has gone into the design of AFDC, the program has succeeded best in achieving exactly what it was designed to prevent: the formation of mother-centered families living on the dole who make up for their welfare deficits by tolerating or encouraging adult and juvenile crime.
Not only was the welfare program a tax-financed incentive for immorality that was destroying the family, it was responsible for an endless and malignant cycle of despair in which generation after generation went on the dole and never had any incentive to leave it.