With 100 million people on welfare, we now have nearly one-third of our population on entitlements. This clearly points to a systemic problem in our culture. In no way is there a need for one-third of any country to be on welfare. Unfortunately we now have a President who pushes the welfare state.
Does anyone really believe this is sustainable?
Harry Reid refuses to bring a budget to the floor of the Senate in violation of the law because it would hurt the Democratic chances for re-election if people were awakened to the crisis of debt being created.
“1,164 days have elapsed since Senate Democrats last offered a budget plan for the nation. Since that time, we’ve spent $11 trillion and added $4.7 trillion to the debt. The unemployment rate has now been above 8 percent for 41 consecutive months.
Higher debt leads to slower economic growth. Empirical studies show that high levels of government debt inhibit economic growth by creating uncertainty, displacing needed private investment, and placing upward pressure on interest rates…” [Republican Senate Budget Committee]
The President continues to lie and pretend he wants to draw down the debt but what he says does not match his actions.
“The White House predicts this year’s federal budget deficit will end up at $1.2 trillion, marking the fourth consecutive year of trillion dollar-plus deficits during President Barack Obama’s administration… The White House report [was] released Friday afternoon with the Olympics poised to distract voters for two weeks…” Associated Press, “Administration projects $1.2T 2012 budget deficit,” July 28, 2012
As we hit our fourth year of trillion dollar debt, Obama has no plan to cut the budget. The following information on the President’s budget is from the Republican Senate Committee which confirms no change to the disastrous debt course we are on:
- Federal debt will increase to $25.4 trillion by the end of 2022, an increase of $10.6 trillion (72 percent) under the President’s budget policies.
- Federal debt at the end of the current fiscal year will stand at $16.2 trillion—$6.2 trillion above where it stood 4 years earlier.
- In the past 4 years, the debt increased by more than it did in the previous 17 years.
When food stamps were first expanded nationally in the 1970s, just 1 in 50 Americans participated; today the figure is almost 1 in 7. The program has doubled in size since 2008 and quadrupled since 2001.
Food stamps are one of nearly 80 means-tested federal welfare programs, including 17 for nutritional support. Collectively, these programs cost $700 billion annually, plus $200 billion in state contributions. [Republican Senate Budget Committee]
The Center for Immigration Studies reports that 57% of immigrant households (legal and illegal) with children used at least one welfare program compared with 39% for native households with children.[Independent Sentinel]
Our history as a nation is one of immigrants who work hard and create a better America. Now, our culture is encouraging immigrants to come here and live off others.
“Ranking members of the U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, was joined today by U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Pat Roberts (R-KS), Ranking Members of the Senate Judiciary, Finance, and Agriculture Committees, respectively, in sending a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and State Department Secretary Hillary Clinton. In their letter, the Senators ask for information about the criteria being used to identify potential immigrants and visa applicants as “public charges.” Under law, those likely to become dependent on government support are generally not eligible for admission into the United States, yet DHS and State currently consider only two of nearly 80 federal welfare programs in making that determination.” [Republican Senate]
“Congress intended that immigrants who come to the United States should not become dependent on our expanding welfare system… the INA specifically states: ‘An alien who… is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.’ … We were thus shocked to discover that both the State Department and DHS exclude reliance on almost all governmental welfare programs when evaluating whether an alien is likely to become a public charge…
Indeed, under your [agencies’] interpretation, an able-bodied immigrant of working age could receive the bulk of his or her income in the form of federal welfare and still not be deemed a ‘public charge.’”
“Today’s report from the Congressional Budget Office reveals a dramatic increase in applications and awards for Social Security disability, placing the disability trust fund on a fast-track to insolvency in just four years. Amazingly, while fewer Americans are working than at the end of 2008, 3.6 million Americans have been awarded SSDI benefits over the same period. The growing number of people on disability and other federal benefits, combined with weak economic growth, raises serious concerns about the sustainability of the American economy. [Republican Senate Budget Committee]
The healthcare entitlement program was a lie from the beginning. We were promised it would cut the deficit. Now we know it will cost at least $2.6 trillion but it’s growing and will continue to grow.
“Health Law Spends $2.6 Trillion Over First Full Ten Years
President Obama promised the American people, before a joint session of Congress in 2009, that we would spend approximately $900 billion for the first ten years of his health law: “Now, add it all up, and the plan that I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years.”
As is well known, Democrats in Washington used an egregious accounting gimmick to produce a CBO score of $938 billion for FY2010–2019—but this window covered only six years of spending, not ten. Also, and less widely known, this figure counts only a portion of the spending under the health law—the coverage provisions—and not the full gross cost. Thus, even under this manipulated window, the true cost of the bill is substantially higher. Adding up all the different provisions in the health care law (including the closing the ‘donut hole,’ implementation costs, and bureaucratic expenses), total gross spending during this false 10-year window (for six years of full spending) is $1.4 trillion, based on the CBO estimates.
But the true cost of the health spending bill is yet higher still. A complete and honest assessment of the ten-year cost of the president’s health care bill would include a full 10 years of spending under his plan starting in 2014. Adding up CBO’s estimates for the different provisions in the bill, the president’s health care law will amount to at least $2.6 trillion over a true 10-year period (from FY2014–23)—not $900 billion.” [Republican Senate Budget Committee]
Is this President trying to destroy our current system of government to bring about his utopian vision of a socialist nation?