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Welfare Spending Up 41% Under You-Know-Who

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 Welfare Spending Up 41 Percent Under Obama

 

In 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty” in America, the poverty rate stood at around 19 percent.

Since then, total federal, state, and local spending on anti-poverty programs has amounted to $15 trillion, yet the poverty rate now stands at 15.1 percent, the highest level in nearly a decade.

“Clearly we are doing something wrong,” according to the Cato Institute, which has released a new policy analysis on welfare spending that calls the war on poverty a “failure.”

The federal government will spend more than $668 billion on anti-poverty programs this year, an increase of 41 percent or more than $193 billion since President Barack Obama took office. State and local government expenditures will amount to another $284 billion, bringing the total to nearly $1 trillion — far more than the $685 billion spent on defense.

Federal, state and local governments now spend $20,610 a year for every poor person in the United States, or $61,830 for each poor family of three.

“Given that the poverty line for that family is just $18,530, we should have theoretically wiped out poverty in America many times over,” writes Michael Tanner, director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute and author of “The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society.”

Most welfare programs are means-tested programs providing cash, food, housing, medical care, or other benefits to low-income persons and families, or programs targeted at communities or disadvantaged groups, such as the homeless.

The federal government alone now funds 126 separate and often overlapping programs designed to fight poverty, Tanner points out.

There are 33 housing programs run by four different cabinet departments, 21 programs providing food or food-purchasing assistance administered by three different federal departments and one independent agency, and eight healthcare programs administered by five separate agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services.

The largest welfare program is Medicaid, which provides benefits to 49 million Americans and cost more than $228 billion last year, followed by the food stamps program, with 41 million participants and a price tag of nearly $72 billion. Other programs range from Federal Pell Grants ($41 billion) down to lower-cost programs such as Weatherization Assistance for Low Income Persons ($250 million) and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program ($20 million).

At least 106 million Americans receive benefits from one or more of these programs. Including entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare and salaries for government employees, more than half of Americans now receive a substantial portion of their income from the government.

“Clearly we are spending more than enough money to have significantly reduced poverty, yet we haven't,” Tanner concludes.

“The vast majority of current programs are focused on making poverty more comfortable rather than giving people the tools that will help them escape poverty.

“And we actually have a pretty solid idea of the keys to getting out of and staying out of poverty: finish school, do not get pregnant outside marriage, and get a job, any job, and stick with it.”

Newsmax.com

 

Wow.

That's one way to keep lazy people voting for you.

Entry #49

Comments

1.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - April 22, 2012, 5:35 pm
Yep, and I seen an article somewhere today where the gov't is teaching foriegners to speak english so they can come work in this country. Spend money to teach them english when they could be training someone on assistance to do the job they are coming here for.
2.
emilygComment by emilyg - April 22, 2012, 7:42 pm
JAP - when I read that I had the same reaction as you.
3.
CARBOBComment by CARBOB - April 23, 2012, 5:28 am
You don't really believe the career welfare free loaders want a job?? We have approximately 15 million illegals in this country, doing jobs, they could be doing now.
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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - April 23, 2012, 6:02 am
Your right CARBOB.
They sure do scream and holler from politicians down to the ones on the receiving end when someone wants to take away a nickle of their stuff.
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Comment by scorpio - April 23, 2012, 9:29 am
a lot of it is because of the recession and americans will not work for 50 cents an hour at menial jobs and foreigners cannot get unemployment,they're not citizens,and the companies want big profits for their stocks,so they hire the cheapest they can.
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sully16Comment by sully16 - April 23, 2012, 9:36 am
Thanks Ridge, I will print this out.
Quick story, not long ago a bunch of us boy scout moms got together, we were talking about some of the responsibilities the older boys would be teaching the younger boys, this involved the cooking and cleaning of dishes for the whole outing and I jokingly asked for a moment of silence because my dishwasher died.
well, one of the moms said at least you had one, she implied that I should be more grateful.
wow, through me for a loop, I later found out they are struggling, her husband does work full time, but somehow they are broke.
So I asked her if she was working, she said no, I told her I could put in a good word at my place, I explained the job, and she said theres no way she would want to do those things.
I must have made 6 or 7 different suggestions on where she could work, she was full of excuses.
So before the night concluded, I privately told her, don't ever tell me to be grateful for something I worked and paid for again.
My point ,is some of these complainers don't want to put any effort into obtaining the things they want.
I will not apologize for having things I worked for.
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sully16Comment by sully16 - April 23, 2012, 12:13 pm
Scorpio strikes again, Americans will not work menial jobs, yep thats the problem, why should they work when someone just forks someone elses money over to them, its still stealing.
So what your saying is it's okay to steal someone elses money via entitlements then to work for a big corporation who is going to make a profit. wow are you an idiot.
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jarasanComment by jarasan - April 23, 2012, 2:17 pm
I know illegals and NOT ONE of them makes 50 cents an hour, that is BS pulled out of a scorpion Azz. They all make at least double minimum................you can't live anywhere in this country at 50 cents an hour, some make $100 + a day. They are mostly hard working.

More and more Americans are getting beyond lazy and are gaming the system. The same thing happened to me as sully relates above, no matter what job I found him, the guy made excuses etc. why it wasn't good enough or paid enough. I concluded he was a lazy A$$ho1e, and don't associate with them anymore.

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MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - April 23, 2012, 2:33 pm
Excellent point made Sully..!
5 will get you 10, both this Lady and her Husband are democrats...!

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