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US Spent $3.7 Trillion On Welfare Over Last 5 Years

From the Weekly Standard:

Report: U.S. Spent $3.7 Trillion on Welfare Over Last 5 Years

By DANIEL HALPER | October 23, 2013

New research from the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee shows that over the last 5 years, the U.S. has spent about $3.7 trillion on welfare…

"We have just concluded the 5th fiscal year since President Obama took office. During those five years, the federal government has spent a total $3.7 trillion on approximately 80 different means-tested poverty and welfare programs….

$3.7 trillion is not even the entire amount spent on federal poverty support, as states contribute more than $200 billion each year to this federal nexus—primarily in the form of free low-income health care.

"Because the welfare budget is so fragmented—food stamps are only one of 15 federal programs that provide food assistance—it makes effective oversight nearly impossible, at the same time disguising the scope of the budget from both taxpayers and lawmakers alike. For instance, it is easier for anti-reform lawmakers to oppose food stamp savings by obscuring the fact that a household receiving food stamps is often simultaneously eligible for a myriad of federal aid programs including free cash assistance, subsidized housing, free medical care, free child care, and home energy assistance…

That is no accident. It is virtually impossible to figure out how much is spent on government welfare programs. Whereas Defense spending is spelled out to the last penny.

Instead, we are left to read the tea leaves from the Census Bureau. Which are bad enough.

From CNS News:

Census: 49% of Americans Get Gov’t Benefits; 82M in Households on Medicaid

By Terence P. Jeffrey | October 23, 2013

(CNSNews.com) – In the fourth quarter of 2011, 49.2 percent of Americans received benefits from one or more government programs, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

In total, the Census Bureau estimated, 151,014,000 Americans out of a population then estimated to be 306,804,000 received benefits from one or more government programs during the last three months of 2011. Those 151,014,000 beneficiaries equaled 49.2 percent of the population.

This included 82,457,000 people–or 26.9 percent of the population–who lived in households in which one or more people received Medicaid benefits.

As the Politico reported yesterday, more than one third of the population of Washington, DC, receive Medicaid. Despite the fact DC has the lowest unemployment rate in the country as well as one of the highest per capita income averages.

Also among the 151,014,000 who received benefits from one or more government programs during that period: 49,901,000 who collected Social Security; 49,073,000 who got food stamps; 46,440,000 on Medicare; 23,228,000 in the Women, Infants and Children program, 20,223,000 getting Supplemental Security Income;13,433,000 who lived in public or subsidized rental housing; 5,098,000 who got unemployment; 3,178,000 who got veterans’ benefits; and 364,000 who got railroad retirement benefits.

When Obamacare is fully implemented on Jan. 1, 2014, Americans earning up to 400 percent of the poverty level will qualify for a federal subsidy to buy health insurance.

Which is why Obama-Care is so vital to the Democrat Party’s future.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 24th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “US Spent $3.7 Trillion On Welfare Over Last 5 Years”

  1. ‘US Spent $3.7 Trillion On Welfare Over Last 5 Years’

    I want my money back.


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