Change We Can Bereave In: Welfare Spending Up 32% in 4 Years


At the 2nd presidential debate, President Obama defended his policies as best for the middle class, and Michelle Obama is on record as saying we’re in the midst of a huge recovery (pause for laughter).

You’ll notice that they never cite any actual evidence to support their claims (at least none that aren’t outright lies), because there aren’t any. Even that 7.8 percent “drop” in unemployment was bogus.

Here’s some evidence about how Obama has made the middle dependency class stronger:

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.
Overall, welfare spending as measured by obligations has grown from $563 billion in fiscal 2008 to $746 billion in fiscal 2011, or a jump of 32 percent.

On top of this Obama will use this dependence as an excuse for why we need to double down on “green job” creation so people trapped in the Obama economy can have somewhere to work and get boosted into the middle class for six months or so until the place goes bankrupt.

Barack Obama: “Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.”

So, what will leave you fulfilled? Complete immersion in the welfare state. Fortunately President Obama has been there to force the focus away from making a buck to being given a quarter. He knows the dastardly “poverty of ambition” goes away when people are put into actual poverty and introduced into a cycle of dependency so they can be made to believe they cannot survive without the likes of Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the rest.

It’s not right. It’s just plain inhumane. And on November 6th a real change has to be initiated.

Author: Doug Powers

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