Thursday, May 04, 2017

Federal welfare costs

There's a scary "Anonymous" poster going around the pages of liberals on Facebook showing how terrible the U.S. is in its priorities. Oh, how we must hate the poor and needy, the elderly, the homeless, the Indians and those with HIV. Used it to stir up the riots on Communist Day, I'll bet.

That's not what the Committee on the Budget in the Senate says. CRS identified 83 overlapping federal welfare programs that together represented the single largest budget item in 2011 — more than the nation spends on Social Security, Medicare, or national defense. The total amount spent on these 83 federal welfare programs amounts to roughly $1.03 trillion. In inflation-adjusted dollars, the amount expended on just 10 of the largest of these programs has increased by 378 percent over the last 30 years. That's why a good job is the best program for the poor and low income, not another government program to fatten the bureaucracy. 

So that was $1.03 Trillion on welfare in 2011. Wonder what it was for 2016? For a list of the 83 programs:
Senate Budget Committee

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