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HOW MANY VOTES WILL A 70% INCREASE IN FOOD STAMPS BUY?
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For nearly a century, Democrats have tended toward government expansion and finding ways to redistribute tax-payer dollars into the hands of their constituents. And although this frequently looks less like a genuine attempt to help people and more like a bald attempt to buy votes, Democrats continually push for the expansion of these programs without so much as blushing.
Just consider the expansion of government handouts that has taken place under President Barack Obama. Unemployment benefits now last for 99 weeks, nearly half the households in the nation no longer pay federal income tax, and food stamps are ubiquitous. Oh, and don’t forget the fact that the government has a program in place to get you a cell phone if you don’t have one. In other words, a person can get along quite well without a job under Obama.
Think about it this way: When he entered the office, approximately 62 millionAmericans received government assistance. Now, three years later, that number has grown to 68 million. In 2010 alone the number of households receiving some type of government assistance hit nearly 49%, up from 44.4% right before Obama took office. Moreover, over the past few days a CBO report has circulated which shows that 45 million Americans are now on food stamps, a 70% increase in the number of people there were receiving them in 2007.
Add to this to recent proposals by Democrats to give gasoline subsidies to low income families and there’s only one question worth asking: Just how many votes will Obama’s food stamp generosity net him in November?
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Will Obama be able to cheat and buy enough votes from his welfare leeching base to ge reelected?
No, only 47% of the population are receiving welfare 'benefits' under the Obama redistribution scheme.
Maybe if he can put over 50% of the population on welfare and food stamps before November of 2012.
This is not a scientific survey,
to learn more. Results may not total 100% due to rounding and voting descrepencies.
392 days ago
Welfare Spending Up 41 Percent Under Obama
In 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty” in America, the poverty rate stood at around 19 percent.
Since then, total federal, state, and local spending on anti-poverty programs has amounted to $15 trillion, yet the poverty rate now stands at 15.1 percent, the highest level in nearly a decade.
“Clearly we are doing something wrong,” according to the Cato Institute, which has released a new policy analysis on welfare spending that calls the war on poverty a “failure.”
The federal government will spend more than $668 billion on anti-poverty programs this year, an increase of 41 percent or more than $193 billion since President Barack Obama took office. State and local government expenditures will amount to another $284 billion, bringing the total to nearly $1 trillion — far more than the $685 billion spent on defense.
Federal, state and local governments now spend $20,610 a year for every poor person in the United States, or $61,830 for each poor family of three.
“Given that the poverty line for that family is just $18,530, we should have theoretically wiped out poverty in America many times over,” writes Michael Tanner, director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute and author of “The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society.”
Most welfare programs are means-tested programs providing cash, food, housing, medical care, or other benefits to low-income persons and families, or programs targeted at communities or disadvantaged groups, such as the homeless.
The federal government alone now funds 126 separate and often overlapping programs designed to fight poverty, Tanner points out.
There are 33 housing programs run by four different cabinet departments, 21 programs providing food or food-purchasing assistance administered by three different federal departments and one independent agency, and eight healthcare programs administered by five separate agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services.
The largest welfare program is Medicaid, which provides benefits to 49 million Americans and cost more than $228 billion last year, followed by the food stamps program, with 41 million participants and a price tag of nearly $72 billion. Other programs range from Federal Pell Grants ($41 billion) down to lower-cost programs such as Weatherization Assistance for Low Income Persons ($250 million) and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program ($20 million).
At least 106 million Americans receive benefits from one or more of these programs. Including entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare and salaries for government employees, more than half of Americans now receive a substantial portion of their income from the government.
“Clearly we are spending more than enough money to have significantly reduced poverty, yet we haven't,” Tanner concludes.
“The vast majority of current programs are focused on maki
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