"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Monday, October 29, 2012

$60,000 in Welfare Spent Per Household

The monster bi-partisan Marxist welfare state is re-distributing wealth faster than it can be created.

New data compiled by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee shows that, last year, the United States spent over $60,000 to support welfare programs per each household that is in poverty. The calculations are based on data from the Census, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Congressional Research Services.

This report is out just for the election.  Naturally the GOP does not bother to tell you that the votes to fund this re-distribution of wealth has come from both parties for decades and decades.

The Weekly Standard reports the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that almost 110 million Americans received some form of means-tested welfare in 2011. These figures exclude entitlements like Medicare and Social Security to which people contribute, and they refer exclusively to low-income direct and indirect financial support—such as food stamps, public housing, child care, energy assistance, direct cash aid, etc.

For instance, 47 million Americans currently receive food stamps, and USDA has engaged in an aggressive outreach campaign to boost enrollment even further, arguing that “every dollar of SNAP benefits generates $1.84 in the economy… It’s the most direct stimulus you can get.” (Economic growth, however, is weaker this year than the two years prior, even as food stamp “stimulus” has reached an all-time high.)

Almost all Americans are sucking furiously at the Public Teat.

John Stossel - A Nation Of Moochers
Thanks to welfare, subsidies, grants, bailouts and other handouts, government has created a nation of moochers.

"According to the Census’s American Community Survey, the number of households with incomes below the poverty line in 2011 was 16,807,795," the Senate Budget Committee notes. "If you divide total federal and state spending by the number of households with incomes below the poverty line, the average spending per household in poverty was $61,194 in 2011."

This dollar figure is almost three times the amount the average household on poverty lives on per year. "If the spending on these programs were converted into cash, and distributed exclusively to the nation’s households below the poverty line, this cash amount would be over 2.5 times the federal poverty threshold for a family of four, which in 2011 was $22,350," the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee note.

To be clear, not all households living below the poverty line receive $61,194 worth of assistance per year. After all, many above the poverty line also receive benefits from social welfare programs (e.g. pell grants).
(Weekly Standard)

Free Socialist Pizza for all.
(Paid for by some other guy somewhere.)
Democrats  -  The Democrats eagerly re-distributes the wealth in order to buy the votes of the forever poor and uneducated masses every two years.  And the votes of the unionized government workers needed to provide the programs for that "free" Socialist pizza.
Republicans  -  The GOP eagerly re-distributes the wealth in order to buy the votes of their supporters.  For example, the farmers who provide the products for the "free" Socialist pizza, giant agri-business firms all the way down to the local business owner providing the pizza to the poor. 
Everyone gets to suck either a little or a lot on the Public Teat.

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