America: The New Welfare State

October 24, 2012 at 5:00 am / by

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This week the Congressional Research Service released a shocking 

Since President Obama has taken office, spending on welfare programs has increased by 32%, and the Obama administration is continuing to encourage the growth of the welfare system by making it easier for Americans to be on our welfare system.  Just this past July, the Health and Human Services Department surreptitiously removed the work requirement from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families rules, making it that much easier for American’s to live off the government without being required to do anything for themselves in return.  This comes after the HHS removed the work requirement for food stamps in 2009, which prompted a huge spike in food stamp recipients!

In 2008, before the work requirement for food stamps was removed, there were approximately 26.8 million people on food stamps. Today, 3 years after the requirement was removed, there are 46.7 million people on food stamps. That’s a jump of almost 20 MILLION people!

So what do you think this new change in rules is going to do to the budget for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families?  I can guarantee you one thing, their budget isn’t going to shrink.

A welfare system growing at our current rate is unsustainable.  In 2011, the federal government took in a total revenue of $2.3 trillion, and of that revenue, the federal government spent $746 billion on welfare, or in other words, the government spent 32% of its income (our money) on redistribution!  At its current rate of growth – funds spent on our welfare system will overtake our entire federal income tax revenue in just 35 years!

What’s more, is that the more people that are encouraged into the welfare system and discouraged from getting a job, as is the case with the new rules, less and less people will be paying taxes, which translates into less and less income for the government, and in turn less and less money to spend on welfare and other programs.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if any person or company’s expenditures continue to grow and its income shrinks – the outcome isn’t going to pretty.  In America’s case – the outcome would be catastrophic and would send shock waves across the entire free world.

Regardless of who we elect this November, as American citizens we need to speak up and let our government, our employees, know that we cannot continue down this destructive path. Our government needs to take fiscal responsibility and make sure that the America we know is preserved for future generations.  If we don’t speak up now, and continue our que sera, sera attitude towards our government’s actions, our country will no longer be the land of the free and the home of the brave – our country will be the land of the dependent and home of the poor!

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Elizabeth Vale

Florida Politichick Elizabeth Vale is a blogger, speaker, and political activist who lives in South Florida with her husband and four wonderful children. Elizabeth homeschools her children and is active in her local church and community. Before making the all-important decision to stay home with her children, Elizabeth worked in administration at a global corporation. Besides writing and politics she loves coffee, road trips, reading, and fashion – in no particular order. You can find her online at, on Facebook at her page, and on Twitter @GodMomPolitics.

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  1. If you are a welfare recipient, why on earth would you not vote for the man writing the check.?

  2. joe says:

    All his suckups. Do-nothings that suck the lifeblood out of this country. GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE!!!

  3. Bob Marshall says:

    A country with 80 government programs which provide some type of assistance to the public. I would call that a welfare state.

  4. Wiara says:

    The imposter is buying votes.

  5. our voting system is very sloppy and full of fraud and you can’t discount all the section 8 folks who will auto vote for Obama and there are more every day soon America will be a 3rd world country

  6. Rich Knoch says:

    obama’s ‘non-budget’ incinerates approximately $10 Billion a day, of which he borrows or ‘virtually prints’ about $4 Billion. About $3 Billion (of the $10 Billion daily spending) is welfare spending, for which the only tangible return to taxpayers is . . . . more welfare spending.

    As Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”! We are witnesses to the destruction of our way of life, EVERY SINGLE DAY!

    Bush was spending around $6.5 Billion a day and obama expanded this to about $10 Billion a day . . . . an approximate 50% increase in obama’s ‘non-budget’!

    Wake up America . . . obama is implementing (domestically and internationally) the Cloward & Piven and Alinsky strategies of how to destroy America by overloading our system.

  7. gwedem5995 says:

    We pour money into education and has the nation gotten any smarter. These young kids are so dumb right now it is hard to believe they are in the school system. They have poured money in poverty programs and how’s that working out. More people on welfare than ever before, more people getting food stamps than ever before. I can’t think of one thing that proves this country is better off then it was 4 years ago.

  8. ….calling on Divine Intervention for peace and comfort……

  9. Shocking numbers. Great article.

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