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Welfare spending jumps 32% in four years

Posted By yihan On October 18, 2012 @ 8:13 am In Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled

Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times [1]
October 18, 2012

Welfare spending has grown substantially over the past four years, reaching $746 billion in 2011 — or more than Social Security, basic defense spending or any other single chunk of the federal government — according to a new memo by the Congressional Research Service.
The steady rise in welfare spending, which covers more than 80 programs primarily designed to help low-income Americans, got a big boost from the 2009 stimulus and has grown, albeit somewhat more slowly, in 2010 and 2011. One reason is that more people are qualifying in the weak economy, but the federal government also has broadened eligibility so that more people qualify for programs.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, who requested the Congressional Research Service report, said it underscores a fundamental shift in welfare, moving away from a Band-Aid and toward a more permanent crutch.
“No longer should we measure compassion by how much money the government spends but by how many people we help to rise out of poverty,” the Alabama conservative said. “Welfare assistance should be seen as temporary whenever possible and the goal must be to help more of our fellow citizens attain gainful employment and financial independence.”

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[1] The Washington Times: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/oct/18/welfare-spending-jumps-32-percent-four-years/

[2] Report: Enough Spent on Welfare Programs in 2011 to Write Every Poor Household a $59,523 Check: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-enough-spent-on-welfare-programs-in-2011-to-write-every-poor-household-a-59523-check.html

[3] More Than 100 Million Americans Are On Welfare: http://www.prisonplanet.com/more-than-100-million-americans-are-on-welfare.html

[4] CBO: Entitlements, ObamaCare To Make Up 53% of Federal Spending: http://www.prisonplanet.com/cbo-entitlements-obamacare-to-make-up-53-of-federal-spending.html

[5] America has devolved into a fast-expanding welfare state, quickly surpassing $1 trillion a year: http://www.prisonplanet.com/america-has-devolved-into-a-fast-expanding-welfare-state-quickly-surpassing-1-trillion-a-year.html

[6] Ron Paul: Reject the Welfare-Warfare State!: http://www.prisonplanet.com/ron-paul-reject-the-welfare-warfare-state.html

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