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Let’s hope for change, the change we never got!
According to Fox Nation:
“The federal government will spend more than $668 billion on anti-poverty programs this year, an increase of 41 percent or more than $193 billion since President Barack Obama took office. State and local government expenditures will amount to another $284 billion, bringing the total to nearly $1 trillion — far more than the $685 billion spent on defense.”
Paul Krugman, Obama’s financial doppelganger, agrees that Federal spending as a share of GDP has risen from 19.6% in fiscal year 2007 to 23.6% in fiscal year 2010.
He claims, however, that half of the increase in welfare is due to a slowdown in GDP rather than a rise in government spending. Even if that were true, would it matter? Whoever presides over the slowdown owns the blame.
The remaining half of the spending, unemployment insurance, food stamps, SSI, refundable tax credits is, according to Krugman, because of the poor economy. Isn’t that also the point? More people are on entitlements because of the poor economy as managed by Obama.
Welfare spending has been steadily increasing, not only under Obama and Bush, but under all Presidents for the past three decades – an unhealthy trend. Unfortunately, Obama has put it on steroids.
Krugman’s contention that it is not an increase but rather a slowdown is disingenuous to some degreee because the Stimulus put temporary increases to welfare spending in federal, state and local budgets which will likely become permanent.
Welfare spending was increased under the Stimulus by $264 billion in two years according to Heritage.
The “Make Work Pay” refundable tax credit was also added courtesy of the Stimulus and it increased welfare by about $23 billion per year.
Under this absurd “Make Work Pay” plan, people are getting paid for paying no federal income tax. This “credit,” which is actually a welfare payment, gives welfare to able-bodied adults without dependent children and most of these individuals have little clear need for assistance. This is a new and dangerous precedent.
There were six other welfare programs in the Stimulus that will spread the wealth by expanding food stamps, the EITC, the refundable child credit, Medicaid eligibility standards, Pell grants, Title I education grants for another $37 billion a year.
According to President Obama’s budget projections, federal and state welfare spending will total $10.3 trillion over the next 10 years (FY 2009 to FY 2018). This spending will equal $250,000 for each person currently living in poverty in the U.S., or $1 million for a poor family of four.
Whether you believe welfare increases are the result of increased government spending or a slowed economy, welfare spending is 41% more than it was three years ago.
We are growing into a welfare state where 47% of Americans pay no federal income tax and actually receive a rebate for paying no tax. We borrow about .43 cents on every dollar we spend and are running up trillion dollar plus deficits every year. Despite Socialist Paul Krugman’s belief that we need to spend more, any sane person knows we need to spend within our means and get people back to work.
Entitlement Nation, 1 in 7 Americans are on Food Stamps –