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January 16, 2013

Obamanation Update: Federal Welfare Spending to Skyrocket 80% in Next Decade


Welcome to Obamanation, where welfare spending has increased thirty percent in the last four years as the number living in poverty has gone up, not down ... and individual financial responsibility is actually discouraged by the federal government, racing the country toward an entitlement state. Where based on data from the Congressional Research Service and Congressional Budget Office, Federal welfare spending will skyrocket 80% over the next ten years.

Part of the large increase in welfare spending is driven by a series of controversial recruitment methods that include aggressive outreach to those who say they do not need financial assistance. Recruitment workers are even instructed on how to "overcome the word 'no' when individuals resist enrollment. The USDA and Department of Homeland Security also have promotions to increase the number of immigrants on welfare despite legal prohibitions on welfare use among those seeking admittance into the United States.
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Senator Jeff Sessions, ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, aptly points out and suggests (emphasis added):

"No longer can we measure compassion by how much money we spend on poverty but how many people we help to rise out of poverty. That is why compassion requires us to reform a broken welfare state that is fostering dependency and hurting families and communities, and failing in the most important goal of helping people achieve self-sufficiency. Our concern for those in need compels us to help more people find gainful employment and the ability to care for themselves financially Welfare spending has increased thirty percent in the last four years, but the number living in poverty has gone up, not down. The best example of our broken welfare state may be SNAP, or the food stamp program: food stamp spending has increased every single year since 2000, even when the economy is improving. 1 in 6 Americans are now on food stamps and the USDA has an aggressive campaign to enroll millions more -- whether they need the benefit or not. Certainly, identifying those who are receiving benefits but who are not in need and who do not qualify is something both parties should be able to agree on,"

"We must return to the moral principles of the 1996 reform and the idea that, over time, unwise welfare programs damage not only the Treasury but the recipient. Normal support structures like family, church and community are replaced by federal bureaucracy while the incentive to find work is reduced. ..."

As pointed out in The Weekly Standard, the figures in the above chart do not count state contributions to federal welfare programs (primarily on low-income health assistance) which brought total welfare spending in FY2011 to more than $1 trillion -- dwarfing any other budget item including Medicare and Social Security, and totaling enough to mail every household in poverty a check for 60k each year. Spending on poverty programs will rise approximately 80% from FY2013-FY2022, representing a total cost of $11 trillion -- roughly one quarter of cumulative federal spending.

Little wonder our nation is headed toward insolvency.

For those who actually about fiscal responsibility ... the nation's debt at the time of this writing is $16,454,758,650,000 ... and increasing at the rate of $10,000,000 each and every passing minute. Barack Obama's spending is adding $4 billion to our debt per day.

Posted by Hyscience at January 16, 2013 11:31 AM

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