Government Welfare Hits 1 Trillion Dollars

And we are not talking about entitlements here. We are talking food stamps, Medicaid, the works. This isn’t “Pay in, Get a Social Safety Net” stuff. This is “Economy in Freefall Turns Into Welfare State“.

The government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011 alone — a price tag that makes welfare that year the government’s largest expenditure,

According to the CRS report, which focused solely on federal spending for federal welfare programs, spending on federal welfare programs increased $563.413 billion in fiscal year 2008 to $745.84 billion in fiscal year 2011 — a 32 percent increase.

When state spending on federal welfare programs — specifically Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program — was thrown into the mix, the amount spent on federal welfare increased 28 percent, from $798.813 billion in fiscal year 2008 to $1.028.54 trillion in fiscal year 2011.

CRS reports that food assistance programs — the third largest welfare category behind health and cash assistance — experienced the greatest increase in spending, with 71 percent more spending in 2011 than in 2008. The agency explained that this spending increase was largely due to the growth in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps.

CRS further noted that the largest expenditure category, health, was 37 percent higher in fiscal year 2011 than fiscal year 2008. In that same period, education assistance increased 57 percent

Health care welfare spending has dramatically increased under Obama, despite talk of cutting costs, it was up almost 40 percent. And food stamps are off the charts, with added expenses from Michelle Obama’s food nazi mandates. This includes some state spending and is a partial look at how we’re going bankrupt funding the welfare state.

  • truebearing

    We have three weeks to save the nation, period.

  • PaulRevereNow

    I was in the supermarket the other day; and there was a woman in her late 20's attempting to check out, holding up the line. The problem had something to do with her using food stamps; she couldn't decide whether she wanted six dollars back, or not. After waiting several minutes, I switched to self-check out, and left the store about the same time she did. She didn't look hungry or tired in any way; she wore nice clothes, and she put her groceries into a late model Volkswagen Jetta. Granted, I don't know the details of her situation; but from a quick inspection, she didn't need to be on food stamps. But this is the kind of abuse food stamps create.