Would you want the poor and needy to live in homeless shelters or hotels? Would you rather have them spend a night in jail if they steal from a grocery store? Of course, if they have no safety net, they have no food and they're likely to steal!
Without the safety net (i.e. food stamps, welfare, farm aid, Medicaid, Medicare, Lifeline phones, etc.), these people you're bullying will come into your neighborhoods and rob you or kill you of your luxuries. Mark my words, you're thinking of a war in the city! Wait until those unregistered guns get into your suburbs. And watch how they destroy your privileged lifestyles! No I am not calling for a riot or suburban anarchy. I am tell you conservative assholes that it's going to be survival of the fittest. And trust me, some of you suburban/rural folks may have firearms, but you forget that the poor own firearms too!
The Drudge Report splashed at 11 am the notion that welfare spending is up 32% in the four years (2008 - 2012). The gay conservative agitator puts it forth, Rush Limbaugh sets forth in the first hour of his daily ramble. Sean Hannity rants on about it! And yet no one else in the mainstream media (except Fox News and conservative talk radio/blogs) is talking about this. Probably because it's not an important story or it's a lie based on facts. These type of stories pushed by conservatives are dog whistle! They're trying to paint President Barack Obama, as a Nigger who helps out his Nigger and Wetback friends.
|Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) is a far right politician.|
They're not concerned about the nominee's oldest son saying that he would love to knock the president out because of their testy debate! They're only worried about bullying the undocumented worker, the poor, the needy, the woman's vagina, the gay community and of course President Barack Obama.
The Washington Times, a conservative publication had an online story claiming that 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.
[Alabama] Senator 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.
“No longer should we measure compassion by how much money the government spends but by how many people we help to rise out of poverty,” the Alabama conservative said. “Welfare assistance should be seen as temporary whenever possible and the goal must be to help more of our fellow citizens attain gainful employment and financial independence.”
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.
The CRS numbers tell a complex story of American taxpayers’ generosity in supporting a varied social safety net, ranging from food stamps to support for low-income AIDS patients to child-care payments to direct cash going from taxpayers to the poor.
By far the biggest item on the list is Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the poor, which at $296 billion in federal spending made up 40 percent of all low-income assistance in 2011. That total was up $82 billion from 2008.
Beyond that, the next big program is food stamps, at $75 billion in 2011, or 10 percent of welfare spending. It’s nearly twice the size it was in 2008 and accounts for a staggering 20 percent of the total welfare spending increase over those four years.
Several programs to funnel cash to the poor also ranked high. Led by the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Supplemental Security Income and the Additional Child Tax Credit (CTC), direct cash aid accounts for about a fifth of all welfare.
|Reality star Nadya Suleman has been labeled a welfare queen after she gave birth to eight children and had the California government assist her and her six other children. The realty star has been in the news for becoming a porn star to pay debts.|
Richard Kogan, senior fellow at the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said that while the dollar amounts for low-income assistance are growing, they are still about the same slice of the budget pie when viewed over the long run. He said the costs may have spiked during the recession but are projected to drop back to regular trends once the economy recovers.
“In short, whatever one thinks about the merits or costs of these programs, other than Medicaid they are contributing nothing to long-run budgetary pressures,” he said.
As for Medicaid, which has seen major spending increases, Mr. Kogan said even there it may be a savings.
“Medicaid provides health care at a noticeably cheaper price than Medicare does, and both are cheaper than the cost of private-sector health insurance,” he said. “The problem is not that the programs are badly designed — it is that the entire health care system in the U.S. is much more expensive than in any other advanced country.”
“Virtually all the rest is in the form of in-kind assistance: Medicaid, SNAP, WIC, housing vouchers, Pell grants, LIHEAP, and child care vouchers; or in the form of direct services, such as community health centers, Title 1 education, foster care, school lunch, and Head Start,” he said.
Rather than straight transfers, those other programs provide support for services Congress has deemed worthy of funding. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or what used to be called food stamps; LIHEAP is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program; WIC is the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program; and Pell Grants provide assistance for college costs.
|Conservatives love to bully the poor and needy! They turn a blind eye when corporations want welfare!|
Mr. Romney was damaged last month by caught-on-camera remarks in which he said 47 percent of Americans are dependent on government and see themselves as victims.
In Tuesday’s debate Mr. Romney blasted Mr. Obama for overseeing a 50 percent increase in the number of people on food stamps during his first term, which has risen from 32 million to 47 million.
But the two men also share some agreement on safety-net programs. In the debate Mr. Romney said he wants to increase the Pell Grant program to help low-income children attend college.
The CRS report looked at obligations for each program as its measure of spending. It included every program that had eligibility requirements that seemed designed chiefly to benefit those with lower incomes.
The report looked at programs that had obligations of at least $100 million in a fiscal year, which meant some small-dollar welfare assistance wasn't included.
|A need for the safety net helps keep this from coming into your suburbs!|
Senator Sessions' home state of Alabama is very illiterate and has one the highest rate in obesity. They're pretty dependent of federal assistance. The state had some major tornadoes ruin Tuscaloosa and Birmingham a few years back. The federal government has to help keep people from falling into the streets!
Even though there's some who take advantage of the government, it's likely those in corporations and federal office taking out the honeypot. The Republicans love when a defense contractor spends our hard earn payments to Westernized Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The Republicans would rather let corporations make billions, hand over fist! They don't care if the returning solider is having financial problems! They don't care about the laid off worker who spent his/her live working only to be forced out by outsourcing.
It's not fair and it's not right for Americans to treat others negatively because they're poor! But in a country of over 314 million people, it's freedom.
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