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Welfare Largest Budget Item, Up 32% In 4 Yrs

From the Daily Caller:

Report: Welfare government’s single largest budget item in FY 2011 at approx. $1.03 trillion

By Caroline May | Thurs October 18, 2012

The government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011 alone — a price tag that makes welfare that year the government’s largest expenditure, according to new data released by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee.

Remember, as Obama and Biden like to remind us, we were fighting two wars in 2011. And yet welfare was still the largest part of government spending. Just think how much larger it will be once those trillions are taken away from the Pentagon.

The total sum taxpayers spent on federal welfare programs was derived from a new Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on federal welfare spending — which topped out at $745.84 billion for fiscal year 2011 — combined with an analysis from the Republican Senate Budget Committee staff of state spending on federal welfare programs (based on “The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government Finance”), which reached $282.7 billion in fiscal year 2011.

The data excludes spending on Social Security, Medicare, means-tested health care for veterans without service-connected disabilities, and the means-tested veterans pension program.

Note that! This $1.03 trillion does not even include the cost of Social Security and Medicare and Veterans benefits.

According to the CRS report, which focused solely on federal spending for federal welfare programs, spending on federal welfare programs increased $563.413 billion in fiscal year 2008 to $745.84 billion in fiscal year 2011 — a 32 percent increase.

Further, spending on the 10 largest federal welfare programs has doubled as a share of the federal budget in the last 30 years: In inflation-adjusted dollars, according to Republican staff on the Senate Budget Committee, the amount spent on these programs has increased 378 percent in that 30 year time frame.

And Mr. Obama wants to expand the pie even more.

CRS reports that food assistance programs — the third largest welfare category behind health and cash assistance — experienced the greatest increase in spending, with 71 percent more spending in 2011 than in 2008. The agency explained that this spending increase was largely due to the growth in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps.

A 71% increase in Food Stamps.

CRS further noted that the largest expenditure category, health, was 37 percent higher in fiscal year 2011 than fiscal year 2008.

A 37% increase in Medicaid. (And the states pay the bulk of that.)

In that same period, cash aid increased 12 percent, education assistance increased 57 percent, housing and development assistance increased 2 percent, social services increased 3 percent, employment and training remained the same (though fluctuated in intervening years), and energy assistance was 67 percent higher in fiscal year 2011 than fiscal year 2008.

Unreal.

The total federal spending on federal welfare programs vastly outpaced fiscal year 2011 spending on such federal expenditures as non-war defense ($540 billion), Social Security ($725 billion), Medicare ($480 billion), and departments such as Justice ($30.5 billion), Transportation ($77.3 billion) and Education ($65.486 billion) — a fact that alarmed the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who requested the report from CRS.

“These astounding figures demonstrate that the United States spends more on federal welfare than any other program in the federal budget,” Sessions wrote The Daily Caller in an email. “It is time to restore — not retreat from — the moral principles of the 1996 welfare reform. Such reforms, combined with measures to promote growth, will help both the recipient and the Treasury.”

Unfortunately, we are headed in the opposite direction. Not only had Obama gutted welfare reform by removing the work requirement. He also removed the work requirement from food stamps. Which might help explain their skyrocketing increases.

By the way, has welfare reform ever been mentioned in any of the debates so far? Why is that?

When state spending on federal welfare programs — specifically Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program — was thrown into the mix, the amount spent on federal welfare increased 28 percent, from $798.813 billion in fiscal year 2008 to $1.028.54 trillion in fiscal year 2011…

And bear in mind, these are just the Federal figures. Every state has their own very costly welfare programs. They also pay the bulk of Medicaid costs.

Anyway, this sure is a lot of spending for a country that has no victims. No one dependent upon government.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 18th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

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