Welfare In America: A $1 Trillion Tab And Rising By STEPHEN MOORE

Major Welfare programs

Republicans in Congress are being accused of fighting a “war on the war on poverty,” in part because of a tiny cut in the food stamps program last week. Democrats charge that these “cuts” will take food from the mouths of hungry children, and they claim this is an example of how Congress has shred the safety net for the poor.

Never mind that this is the food aid program that has tripled in cost and doubled in participation in just the last decade. Even during the economic recovery, the number of recipients — one in seven Americans — continues to grow.

Federal budget data confirm that rising enrollment and cost is the real untold story of almost all welfare programs in America today.

Just 18 years ago Republicans and Clinton Democrats joined together to pass landmark legislation to “end welfare as we know it.” But today, welfare has been redesigned and expanded, not reformed.

The traditional cash welfare program, once known as AFDC, has shrunk — thanks in part to strict work requirements. But the new-age welfare is a conglomeration of dozens of income-support programs — some aren’t even labeled welfare — as generous and costly as ever.

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SideBear: This is all by design to insure the left’s voting base.

How to Spend $3.9 Trillion by Chris Edwards, Editor, DownsizingGovernment.org, Cato Institute

The federal budget includes a vast array of programs in hundreds of agencies. But when boiled down, the budget consists of just five basic spending activities:

compensating federal workers, purchasing goods and services, giving aid to state and local governments, transferring wealth through subsidy and benefit programs,and paying interest on the federal debt.

The federal government spent $3.9 trillion in 2013, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).1 Transfers were the largest spending activity at $1.98 trillion, followed by purchases at $571 billion, aid to the states at $510 billion, interest at $414 billion, and compensation at $407 billion.2

Five Federal Spending Activities

Transfers to individuals and businesses account for 51 percent of federal spending. Some of the largest benefit and subsidy programs are Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, refundable tax credits, unemployment insurance, farm subsidies, and supplemental security income.

Purchases account for 15 percent of spending. The government buys everything from fighter jets to computers and paper clips. Defense activities account for 63 percent of purchases and nondefense for 37 percent.

Aid to the states accounts for 13 percent of spending. It is delivered through more than 1,100 programs for health care, highways, education, housing, and many other things.3 Medicaid is the largest aid-to-state program.

Interest accounts for 11 percent of spending. This BEA measure of interest is somewhat larger than the net interest measure in the federal government’s budget. Compensation (wages and benefits) for 3.7 million defense and nondefense federal workers accounts for 10 percent of spending. Defense workers (uniformed and civilian) account for 60 percent of federal compensation costs and nondefense for 40 percent.4

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How Al Qaeda Is Winning the War on Terror by Daniel Greenfield

There are two ways of looking at Osama bin Laden’s death. One is to see his end surrounded by wives, pornography and unanswered messages to Al Qaeda leaders who were no longer taking orders from him as the fall of the leader of a failed movement.

The other is to see his death in a walled compound at the heart of the Pakistani military order that had protected him as the fading away of a retired figure in a movement that had outgrown him.

The debate over whether Al Qaeda is on the path to victory or defeat is also a debate over what Al Qaeda is. A vocal school of thought among some foreign experts of the left was that there was no Al Qaeda. The updated version of that thesis was embraced by Obama and some of his subordinates looking to do an end zone dance and hang up the Mission Accomplished banner by celebrating victory over the core of Al Qaeda and dismissing its affiliates, some of which number in the tens of thousands and are fighting to take over entire countries, as Obama put it, as Jayvee players in Lakers uniforms.

But what if the decline of the core Al Qaeda and the growth of its affiliates is the next step? What if the Lakers decided that they don’t need one really good team, but a hundred smaller teams in every city because they want to capture the entire game?

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Dr. Ben Carson Blasts ‘Gestapo’ IRS Tactics

Dr. Benjamin Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital who is considered a possible GOP contender for the 2016 GOP nomination, told Newsmax TV on Monday that he and his family have been personally targeted by the IRS in retribution for his frank critique of President Obama’s policies at the February 2013 National Prayer Breakfast.

Carson said audits and other harassment began in May or June of 2013 and gradually expanded to include family members, associates, and his charitable endeavors.

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