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Obama’s Welfare Cost More than Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Combined

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On October 23, 2013 @ 12:11 pm In The Point | 29 Comments

America isn’t a warmonger. It’s a welfare-state monger.

Liberals like to talk about how much money we could spend on welfare if we weren’t fighting all those wars. The good news is we’re already spending more on welfare than war.

Average estimates of the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars come out at under 4 trillion dollars. The 2011 Costs of War estimate put it at under 3 trillion dollars.

Meanwhile the cost of the welfare state easily tops that.

New research from the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee shows that over the last 5 years, the U.S. has spent about $3.7 trillion on welfare.

“We have just concluded the 5th fiscal year since President Obama took office. During those five years, the federal government has spent a total $3.7 trillion on approximately 80 different means-tested poverty and welfare programs. The common feature of means-tested assistance programs is that they are graduated based on a person’s income and, in contrast to programs like Social Security or Medicare, they are a free benefit and not paid into by the recipient.”

“The enormous sum spent on means-tested assistance is nearly five times greater than the combined amount spent on NASA, education, and all federal transportation projects over that time.”

But what’s a few trillion dollars here and there.

Sure the National Debt has hit 17 trillion dollars. That’s our entire economy. But when we pass 20 trillion, then the fireworks will really begin. The McConnell rule will protect Republicans from outraged constituents while letting Obama raise the debt ceiling until; America is Detroit.

The War on Poverty will never be won. But the American economy will be soundly defeated. Capitalism will be crushed and we can all enjoy living in just another bankrupt Socialist state.


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