Welfare Makes Up One-Sixth Of Federal Budget

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A strange amalgam of interests, accelerated by the Administration of President Barack Obama’s constituency-expanding entitlement policies, are driving a surge in the predominant role that welfare programs continue to play in accounting for an ever-increasing chunk of the Federal budget.

Welfare spending programs — not including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment — have come to comprise one-sixth of the Federal budget, according to a Forbes report.

That’s one-sixth — without taking into account the money the government throws at the Medicare mammoth.

As it turns out, the war on poverty is a lucrative business for special corporate interests wise to the fact that there’s money to be made in helping the welfare state extend its reach — in expanding the definition of “poverty,” as the Obama Administration has done, in order to catch more Americans in its entitlement dragnet.

“A record-shattering 50 million Americans now live below the poverty line, a number likely to grow as Obamanomics drives more people out of the work force and onto one assistance program or another,” the Forbes article states. “What could be better for the myriad civil servants and wing-tipped bankers who dole out benefits as ever more ‘clients’ join the ranks of the poor and unemployed?”

Financial institutions lap up the transaction fees processed each time a food stamp card is swiped at the point of “sale.”

Farmers, already among the most subsidized of any private capitalists, serve out the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s agenda of expanding various nutrition assistance programs by devoting an increasing portion of their yields to food aid programs that have grown since their inception in the 1960s.

And, on the government side, the Federal worker bureaucracy compounds in both complexity and number each year, because it takes more government employees to cross-coordinate and implement Federal assistance programs that dish out more “help” to more people than at any time in our Nation’s short history as a welfare state.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • GALT

    Actually the article doesn’t say that or support that…..but why
    not go to the source of the source of said article………

    http://www.cbo.gov/publication/43934

    The chart seems to indicate that “total spending” is 4% of GDP

    and FALLING……..which seems both “reasonable” and “strange”?

    • Liberty Lover

      The math is pretty easy, Galt. Government spending is 24% of GDP under Obama, and one-sixth of 24% is approximately 4%. Hard to believe that it has fallen during the past year. Even after that small dip, it is obvious that welfare spending has accelerated dramatically under Obama.

      • Vigilant

        Another interesting statitistic:

        “In fiscal year 2012, the federal government spent $3.5 trillion, amounting to 23 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Of that $3.5 trillion, nearly $2.5 trillion was financed by federal revenues. The remaining amount (about $1.1 trillion) was financed by borrowing; this deficit will ultimately be paid for by future taxpayers.”

        http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=1258

        • Vigilant

          How interesting. Someone voted down my post, which is a plain, straightforward statement of truth. It simply proves that liberals, when faced with fact, prefer the lie.

          • GALT

            How foolish of you to believe that TRUTH is determined
            by democracy or that YOU are in any way capable of recognizing or acknowledging it?

          • Vigilant

            How totally unversed in simple mathematics are you to question the pristine truth of the figures I provided. Better watch it, s.a.h., or I’ll treat us all with another poetic Ode to the Stupid.

          • Vigilant

            BTW, s.a.h, what in Hell does democracy have to do with the figures cited? Revenues, spending and debt are independent of the political environment under which a government operates. That question is rhetorical, of couse, as you are incapable to answering it.

          • GALT

            Dear w.i.f.i. what does voting have to do with TRUTH?

          • Vigilant

            Dear s.a.h., very little. What obscure point are you trying to make?

          • GALT

            Dear w.i.f.i. (willfully ignorant, functional illiterate)

            Seems that you are the one with the problem, regarding voting

            and the TRUTH. ( and the comprehension problem ) Do

            you not understand the meaning of your own posts?

            Are you claiming that the posts with the most votes,

            have the most TRUTH? And, finally….since there is

            no relationship, as you have just indicated, why would you complain about it in the first place?

          • Vigilant

            “Do you not understand the meaning of your own posts?” I certainly do. The problem with comprehension is your ball of wax, s.a.h.

            Let me explain it to your one-dimensional “mind:”

            I observed (not complained, Mr. straw man) that someone (most likely you) voted down a post which states simple facts and figures. Now what sort of “mind” would do that? Someone in a state of denial, or someone who gratuitously down votes a post because they don’t like the poster. Shoe fit. s.a.h.?

            “Are you claiming that the posts with the most votes, have the most TRUTH?” Decidedly not. You seem to be obssessed with that, not I. See above.

            BTW, your fishing expedition to find out what “s.a.h.” means will be unsuccessful pending your worthiness to read it.

          • GALT

            Well, it would appear that you were oncerned regarding the relationship…….after all your truth was voted down and you were COMPELLED to mention it and you were COMPELLED to respond.
            That would be five times now…….will you be COMPELLED to respond again?
            BTW the your consistency and reverance for the TRUTH has
            also been duly noted……

          • Vigilant

            How illiterate of you to miscomprehend my post. Who said democracy determines truth? Certainly not I, s.a.h.
            Do you deny the facts and figures I posted?

      • GALT

        God loves you and he needs money…….10% to be precise,
        this is 6% less than that………of course graven images and
        large edifices are expensive…….

    • Vigilant

      The “infographic” provided on GALT’s link shows that such spending was at 3% of GDP when Obama took office. It’s still almost a whole percentage point higher.
      Learn how to read a graph, GALTY.

      • GALT

        Learn to read a post. w.i.f.i.

        • Vigilant

          Learn to stop lying with statistics. s.a.h.

          • GALT

            Even “currently BELOW 4% and falling” would not be
            a lie, so once again……w.i.f.i…….learn to read, since you seem to be challenged by both words and pictures.

          • Vigilant

            “The “infographic” provided on GALT’s link shows that such spending was at 3% of GDP when Obama took office. It’s still almost a whole percentage point higher.” I’d say you are the one who suffers from functional illiteracy, s.a.h.

          • GALT

            Even “currently BELOW 4% and falling” would not be
            a lie, so once again……w.i.f.i…….learn to read, since you seem to be challenged by both words and pictures.

          • GALT

            You do realise that Obama took office in 2009 and that the budget

            for THAT YEAR, was already in place, the budgetary fiscal year at that time was the end of SEPT.

            Proper understanding of the graph, in terms of Obama, would therefor require a visualization, capable of dividing the years

            2007…..2012 into “fifths”, and marking the start point correctly.

            This does not equate to a “whole point higher”……..in fact, if anything, the half way point is equal to or higher than the end point and very close to the high point itself.
            So much for the TRUTH or your ability to comprehend it.

          • Vigilant

            And you obviously have no grasp of statistics. “Secular trend” is what indicates growth, and a downward “blip” in the short term indicates NOTHING. Check back in 2014 when Obamacare kicks in and you’ll see the secular trend not only continuing to increase, but to accelerate as well.
            One has to wonder what planet you live on, s.a.h.

          • GALT

            BTW “check back in 2014″?

            Seriously?????????
            Sounds like that ole w.i.f.i. hit…..
            “Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?”

          • GALT

            Statistics?????? Doesn’t that come after LIES and DAMN LIES????

  • Karolyn

    Not so fast! It’s actually less than 2-tenths of a percent, unless you’re a Republican or a Fox News reporter.

    http://mediamatters.org/research/2012/10/20/fox-news-echoes-gops-misleading-definition-of-w/190792

    • Beberoni

      Its too much regardless. Time for these sponges to get off the public dole and get a damn job Karolyn. Its not that hard, and they are out there. When the government gets enough people to quit their jobs because they have made it so you can live and depend on the government, they will reach a point where there are not enough people working to contribute to these handouts, then they, the democrats, get what they want, which is collapsing Capitalism that has made this country great, then they can fully employ their Socialist State and take permanent power, and live high off the hog while the rest of us struggle to get enough to eat, just like Russia used to be. When you get totally dependant on the government, and we are heading that way, that is the kind of life you will lead. Everywhere Socialism has been practiced has failed, and failed miserably, and the masses live miserably. These very people who live on handouts that vote for these guys and think is so great, will see those wonderful handouts they have come to love and know, reduced to a few loaves of bread and some water, and thats it. Wake up dummies.

      • Karolyn

        Try living here and finding a job, Beberoni. Nothing has changed since I moved here 8 years ago. Of course, if you want to drive 30-50 miles, you can find a job; but who can afford to drive that far? Certainly not somebody who’s been living without a job for a couple of years.

        • rivahmitch

          Since you moved there 8 years ago, presumably that was by choice. You could have chosen, as millions have historically, on a worldwide basis, to move where there are jobs.

          • Karolyn

            I did not have much of a choice. And, yeah, right, everybody can move wherever their hearts desire. NOT! Maybe in your world. Moving at the age of 58 and having never had a problem getting a job, I guess I was naïve.

        • wildbill555

          Karolyn,you and your family have in all probability,been welfare parasites for generations.And no Karolyn,hauling your fat #ss down to the check cashing store to redeem your welfare check is not work.
          Wild Bill
          Alaska

          • Karolyn

            wildbill”In all probability..” How DARE you. What makes you think I am any different than you? Just because I do not believe as you do? My parents are first generation born here of Polish immigrant parents and all worked their whole lives, as I have, even into retirement. You know CRAP about anybody other than yourself! You and your self-righteous, know-it-all brethren actually know NOTHING! And – I am far from fat. Normally, I do not respond to those who choose to show their ignorance by attacking people with personal insults; however, your particular insult has really p*ssed me off because you are not even a regular poster here. At least many of the regular posters have known me for 3 years!

          • peacherman

            Tell him Carolyn, u go girl!!

          • wildbill555

            Sniff,Sniff–
            A troll post?,or did someone forget to flush again?

          • wildbill555

            Karolyn

            3Years? I feel sorry for those people with more than an eighth grade public school education that have had to suffer through your inane postings during that period..It is too bad that undereducated liberal Regressives like yourself are allowed to breed let alone post and vote on issues of consequence when you do not have the ability to understand that true facts are not a manufactured construct of the liberal pseudo academic establishment.

            As to my posting here?I post quit often when I feel the subject matter is worth my time.This site is,after all,a conservative one where conservatives like myself contribute to the general conversation,Trolls like you and peacherman who visit just to stir sh*t up with your nonsensical input are nothing more nor less than irrelevant distractions.Do us all a favor and take your BS postings to media matters where you will find and enjoy the company of like minded clueless Obamabots.
            Wild Bill
            Alaska

          • wildbill555

            Karolyn
            I forgot to add that I really do feel sorry for people such as you who,possibly,through no fault of their own,are born without the mental acuity to appreciate the difference between factual and fictional occurrences and situational experiences.Or perhaps it is the fault of the central government sponsored public “assembly line” educational system,perhaps it is the cultural environment one grows up in.Whatever the causal factors you people are destroying our republic with your ability to repeatedly vote for the unqualified political parasites that infest Dc.
            Wild Bill
            Alaska

          • Karolyn

            First of all, I no longer place a label on myself like so many do. I do not agree with all beliefs of any “side” but use my critical thinking capacity to choose what suits my beliefs. If I have to put a label on my beliefs, I call myself a left-leaning libertarian. Secondly, this site is for anyone who wants to engage in meaningful discourse, which is obviously impossible for some people to do. Some only want to ridicule and attack those they do not agree with. Thirdly, I am not an “Obamabot,” since I do not strictly follow any given agenda.

      • Chester

        Beberoni, tell you what. Quit or get fired from the job you have, go off the net for a couple of months, then TRY to find someone who will hire you. Seems most of the companies hiring now only want you IF you still HAVE a job. Out of a job, don’t come to us. If you are willing to flip burgers at a McDonalds for minimum wage and fifteen to twenty hours a week, and be on call twenty-four/seven, then yeah, there ARE jobs out there. Not much full time, and most part time wants you available when they want you, which may conflict with when the other part time job you hoped to get will want you. Seems everyone wants to use part time help so they can keep a bunch of people on the string to work an hour here and an hour there, not so they can make a living.

        • peacherman

          The less they pay u,the less unemployment benefits they have to pay.

    • Vigilant

      Yeah, right. Sorry Karolyn, but if you believe that, I have some waterfront property in Arizona in which you may be interested.

      A word of advice: don’t rely on the media matters headline and opening paragraph, i.e., “”Fox’s Eric Bolling relied on a Republican-commissioned study on federal spending for social benefit programs to claim the government spends more than $1 trillion on welfare. In fact, spending on welfare comprises less than two-tenths of a percent of the federal budget.”

      This ridiculous claim is belied by reality. The report was issued by the Senate Budget Committee (majority Democrats) and the Congressional Budget Office. Moreover, that riidiculously low .2 % is based on the narrowest of definitions of “welfare,” i..e., Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF.
      Without even considering the well known exceptionally biased slant of mediamatters.org, a common sense sanity check of that .2 % figure indicates that it is a perpetuation of the Big Lie promulgated by the left.

    • wildbill555

      Karoyln,
      You,like all brain dead liberals,would not know an actual fact or figure if it walked up and bit you on your fat,welfare,12 McDonalds burger eating *ss.
      Wild Bill
      Alaska

  • KG

    Why not 20% or 30% or even 50%? Why do we have to spend so much on war and oil? If in the last 30 years, what if we spent money on building new American factories instead of new Chinese or Taiwanese factories? Instead of Welfare, we could have Unionized workers WORKING for their “welfare” I mean, isn’t that what you guys want????

    • Beberoni

      Lets see K.G. We spend money on war, so that we can remain free, and write on posts like this. Only through war were we set free from tyranny as a nation, and only through war will we be able to protect these freedoms. Why oil? Our government doesnt spend money on oil, they collect it. They make more per gallon of gas at the pump than do the oil companies. You see, I will gladly pony up my share to keep a strong military to protect us and keep us free, and if I dont like big oil, I can park my car and walk or get a horse, and I suggest you do the same. But when I look at the amount of taxes taken from my check each week, and I see the thousands of young adults sitting around on porches of houses smoking cigarettes and drinking beer daily, because the government gives them enough freebies that they feel they dont have to work, well sorry Pal, I take issue with that. Get a job you bums. I was born a poor boy, never got to go to college, nor did I need it. I applied myself, and advanced my way up by application of using the brain God gave me, and I learned all I could and did more and more, and thus made myself more valuable to my company, and I didnt have no stupid union holding me back, you know, where the fat lazy guy didnt have to work anymore because of seniority. Yeah, I know all about that, as I worked in a union shop for 13 years, and often was told to quit doing so much work because I was making the other guys look bad. So, so wrong.

      • wildbill555

        Excellent post brother.Concise,factual and to the point.Happy patriot day on this 238th anniversary of Lexington/Concord,and “the shot heard ’round the world”.

        Wild Bill
        Alaska

    • Seeker1212

      All except the UNIONS

    • Vigilant

      ” If in the last 30 years, what if we spent money on building new American factories instead of new Chinese or Taiwanese factories?”
      It was entirely possible, if the unions hadn’t priced our products out of the domestic market, government hadn’t driven companies out with onerous regulatory requirements, and capital gains taxes hadn’t killed the goose that laid the golden egg. Add to that illegal immigration and a public school system that produces unqualified job applicants, and you’ve got the answer to your question.

      • Chester

        Might add that the government also gave huge tax breaks to companies that moved jobs to “underdeveloped” nations. When all that started, many a job went to places like Taiwan and Korea. Now they go to places like Vietnam and the Phillipines, or even India and Pakistan. Those jobs don’t put a penny in our bank, but do take more than a few out of it. Might ask why all our major miniaturized circuitry is made overseas, with not even the technical support to make it here any longer.

        • Vigilant

          And YOU might add that firms would not have been forced overseas if labor and regulatory costs hadn’t been so high in this country in the first place. Those overseas jobs, BTW, put a pretty penny and more in our banks since US corporations pay a rough equivalency in taxes with the other industrialized nations, AFTER tax breaks.

          • GALT

            Of course, being U.S. Corporations ( and people too ) carries
            with it no obligations, responsibility or loyalty?

          • Vigilant

            Hey, s.a.h., YOU are the globalist, not I. How’s it feel to be arguing against yourself? What a s.a.h.!

  • Beberoni

    2 Thessalonians 3:10. Got a problem with that, box with God, not me. Myself, my arms arent long enough to box with Him.

  • Liberty Lover

    Democrats, in general, and government workers involved in these programs, in particular, have a very powerful vested interest in maintaining a substantial poverty base to protect their own jobs.

  • peter

    The Federal Government’s welfare enterprises are counter-productive and damage the economy because it is inflationary. The taxation and borrowing needed to support these welfare efforts creates inflation. The “redistribution payments” have to be balanced by the production of goods and services that have to be sold at inflated prices.

  • BillboTex

    Explain to me how Social Security is a welfare program when I paid into it my entire 37 year working life the same as most other wage earning workers! The reason SS and Medicare are in danger is that politicians have stolen from them both since Democrat Pres Johnson switched them into the federal General Fund! Obama ALONE has stolen 716 BILLION dollars from Medicare to fund his UNCONSTITUTIONAL ObamaCare!

    Obama’s welfare voters pay ZERO taxes, don’t contribute to Social Security, refuse drug screens, the able bodied welfare slave no longer have to look for a job, bed rest has been classified by Obama to be “work”, they sell their food stamps on the black market for drugs, etc, etc, etc! Never having invested in ANYTHING, much less a penny into Social Security for their retirement!

  • mike

    people like obama needs to walk in the shoes of the poor before he goes taking away social security or cutting back on the cost of living increase..the last time he did that mrs poliskia (i know i misspelled it) and her friends took a vacation on our money( i think it was so many millions or was it billions ?) so the money we lost that we needed to live on they blew it..and they still want to take away from us..if obama wants to do something good he needs to go after the oil company`s becouse once gas started going up business started closing becouse they can`t afford the gas like the rest of us and since gas went up every thing went up