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$61,194 in Welfare Spending for Every Poor Household

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On October 27, 2012 @ 9:02 pm In The Point | 3 Comments

What the class warriors know and their critics often don’t understand is that the real welfare queens aren’t the ones shouting about voting for Obama because they’re getting free phones. They’re the ones who administer the free phone programs.

The welfare state isn’t run for the benefit of welfare recipients, it’s run for the bureaucracy that dispenses welfare and their contractors, with the welfare recipients as the pretext for the whole scam.

Imagine a doctor who makes up phony bills for Medicaid patients and splits a tenth of it with them. Now imagine that the doctor is Medicaid and you get some sense of where we are here.

“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 (see table in this link),” the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee note.

Of course the actual recipients get a fraction of the spending intended for them. We are not spending money to help the poor. We are spending money on a bureaucracy that claims to advocate on behalf of the poor.


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