The steep decline in America’s standard of living under Obama is hardly surprising, considering that we are compelled by our government to spend 32% more paying people not to work than we did four years ago:
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 [i.e., intergenerational] crutch.
Thanks to LBJ’s absurd War on Poverty, anyone with an IQ above plant life now understands that you don’t reduce poverty by subsidizing it, any more than you create more wealth by punishing those who are economically productive. The point of welfare is not to help the poor, but to make them more numerous and to unite them as a political block. This is why Obama has (illegally) removed the work requirements that made the welfare reform of the 1990s so effective.
Continuing on this course, we will soon cross a tipping point, beyond which democracy will no longer be able to function. Those who work for a living will do so as slaves of a majority who vote for a living. No system so profoundly immoral can be sustained without massive force.
Mr. Sessions’ staff on the Budget Committee calculated that states contributed another $283 billion to low-income assistance — chiefly through Medicaid. Combined, that means the federal and state governments spent $1.03 trillion on welfare programs.
That kind of spending can’t be sustained even with massive force. If the media manages to get Obama reelected, things are going to get ugly.
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