We can't afford this
POSTED: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 5:46pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 3:54pm
What a day of news in America.
The Washington Times reports that welfare spending has grown substantially over the past four years, reaching $746 billion in 2011 - or more than Social Security, basic defense spending or any other single chunk of the federal government.
That's according to a new memo by the Congressional Research Service.
Welfare got a big boost from the 2009 stimulus.
One reason for the boost is that more people are qualifying in the weak economy, but the federal government also has broadened eligibility so that more people can qualify for programs.
The Daily Caller reported today that the government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011 alone.
The weekly standard reports that in the wake of the Treasury Department's newly released summary of federal spending for 2012, it's now possible to detail just how good or bad the Obama years have been, depending on your point of view.
Here's the upshot: Under Obama, for every $7 we've had, we've spent nearly $11 (or, to be more exact, $10.95).
That's like a family that makes $70,000 a year - and is already knee-deep in debt - blowing nearly $110,000 a year.
As I have said before we need to help people who cannot help themselves, but broadening the welfare circle is not the way to have a thriving country.
We can do better than this.
Thats my point of view what's yours?
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