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Dec 10 2012

Per Household Welfare Spending Exceeds Median Income

The tipping point is where so many people are gorging at the government teat that they will vote for whomever is most likely to keep the free money flowing, no matter how conspicuously awful that person might be as a leader. Here we see how our liberal rulers managed to push a once proud country to this point and past it:

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“Based on data from the Congressional Research Service, cumulative spending on means-tested federal welfare programs, if converted into cash, would equal $167.65 per day per household living below the poverty level,” writes the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee. “By comparison, the median household income in 2011 of $50,054 equals $137.13 per day. Additionally, spending on federal welfare benefits, if converted into cash payments, equals enough to provide $30.60 per hour, 40 hours per week, to each household living below poverty. The median household hourly wage is $25.03. After accounting for federal taxes, the median hourly wage drops to between $21.50 and $23.45, depending on a household’s deductions and filing status. State and local taxes further reduce the median household’s hourly earnings. By contrast, welfare benefits are not taxed.”

Except to the shrinking minority that has managed to preserve some moral integrity despite the incessant onslaught of liberalism, it doesn’t make sense to work for a living, now that voting for a living is more remunerative.

De Tocqueville warned us long ago that our democratic republic would only last until people figured out they could vote themselves everyone else’s money. Unless we rediscover the politically incorrect concept of theft being wrong, we are past democratic solutions to the obviously unsustainable state of affairs. Our only remaining hope may be that America will be rebuilt as if was, but with a constitutional prohibition against welfare, after the inevitable total collapse. However, given the extent to which liberalism has corroded our national character, authoritarian collectivism is a more likely outcome.

On a tip from Artfldgr.

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  • cargo cult

    More dependents means more dem voters that is why Comrade Choom will deliberately make the economy worse so there will be more free stuff cargo cult voters.

  • Dr. 9

    This is precisely what Cloward and Pivan taught was the best way to destroy America. And the sad part is, the weak, gullible, and totally mindless American people are falling for it.

    History will note that our once great nation was destroyed from within, and by it’s own people, as has always been predicted.

  • TED

    A union steward walks into a bar next door to the factory and is about to order a drink to celebrate Obama’s victory when he sees a guy close by wearing a Romney for President button and two beers in front of him. He doesn’t have to be an Einstein to know that this guy is a Republican.

    So, he shouts over to the bartender so loudly that everyone can hear, “Drinks for everyone in here, bartender, but not for the Republican.”

    Soon after the drinks have been handed out, the Republican gives him a big smile, waves at him, then says, “Thank you!” in an equally loud voice. This infuriates the union captain.

    The union captain once again loudly orders drinks for everyone except the Republican. As before, this does not seem to bother the Republican. He continues to smile, and again yells, “Thank you!”

    The union captain once again loudly orders drinks for everyone except the Republican. As before, this does not seem to bother the Republican. He continues to smile, and again yells, “Thank you!”

    The union captain asks the bartender, “What the hell is the matter with that Republican? I’ve ordered three rounds of drinks for everyone in the bar but him, and all the silly ass does is smile and thanks me. Is he nuts?”

    “Nope,” replies the bartender. “He owns the place.”

  • hammer and sickle

    An illegal immigrant, a marxist and a muslim walk into a bar, the bartender says what can I get you Mr. President.

  • RobM1981

    A hard rain is going to fall. Before something can be “rebuilt,” it has to be destroyed – and that is going to be very, very ugly.

    We have had two major wars on this continent, and numerous smaller ones. Even the smaller ones have been uglier than anyone living can imagine. The major ones have been nothing short of catastrophic.

    The pain I feel every day, that drives me to my knees in prayer, is to spare this people from visiting these dark possibilities again.

    I’m not optimistic.

  • Mr Evilwrench

    Hey, at least Nikita Khrushchev was wrong; they didn’t have to sell us the rope we hung ourselves by, we made our own.

  • T

    This reminds me of the old sports intro visual that has a skier tumbling down and over a ski jump and captioned “…the agony of defeat.” So much for that slippery slope.

  • Innerpanetglanet

    So, the cost of “healthcare” is included in welfare spending; but NOT included in income?

    Does it include ALL the costs of the SSA? Like paying the people who work at SSA — and then say that people on welfare are getting that money?

  • M.Wilson

    It would be a catastrophic indicator even if it did, and would be severely underestimating the problem if it did not. Why? Because there are very nearly as many people working as paying taxes now.

    It would be even more disturbing if it was compared to the average of course, because the average would include the “Rich” that lefties like to pretend are an infinite spring of money. When you consider that more is spent per capita on welfare than is earned as income per capita, and that there are nearly as many people on welfare now as there are earning an income, this results in the level of spending approaching, reaching, and eventually exceeding the entire combined income of the United States.

    If your spending exceeds the combined income of the entire country, how exactly do you plan to pay for it by taxing said income?

  • Bill T
  • JS

    I question the accuracy of these numbers based on the source. We should do this for defense and homeland security spending also. It is all those Mexican immigrants that are destroying the country. Many of the people on welfare today work. So is anyone asking the question as to why our wages and benefits are such garbage yet our major corporation have record profits and pay no taxes????

  • M.Wilson

    If you want to compare welfare spending to defense spending, here’s a quick comparison:
    Welfare spending is over 60% of the Federal budget. Defense spending is about 18%. Social Security alone is a little over 19%.

    And the reason we’re in a quagmire in general is that our system is burdened by excessive regulation (see thread up top about a man being punished for cleaning up his own property) and is running on artificially cheap money being churned out by the Fed, keeping interest rates at rock bottom. As a result credit is stretched to the max while saving is nearly non-existent. This massive structural imbalance between credit and savings gave us back to back recessions in 2001 and 2008, and will give us a third round soon if it doesn’t change. Unfortunately, we have reached the point where the economy is addicted to artificial credit and in order to correct the structural imbalance that is killing us slowly, we will have to endure the pain of a severe withdrawal as we back off, let interest rates rise, and allow our economy to go through the most massive market correction in history.

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