If the U.S. economy is supposedly producing a healthy number of good jobs, then why are we spending over a trillion dollars a year on welfare? Welfare has now become the government’s largest yearly expenditure item. This total even excludes the total annual spending on Social Security and Medicare. Federal expenditures in other major programs were $540 billion for non-war defense, $540 billion for Social Security and $480 billion for Medicare.
Statistics Don’t Lie
There has been at least a 30 percent increase in welfare spending since the start of the current administration. One reason this has occurred is that a lot more folks are getting qualified in this weakened overall economy. The other reason is that the federal government has expanded eligibility so that a lot more people today qualify for programs.
The number of Americans on food stamps has expanded from about 17 million in 2000 to about 33 million when the existing president took office. The current number of people on food stamps is now 46 million. The federal government has invested a shocking 71.8 billion dollars on the food stamp program in 2011 alone!
The quantity of Americans on Medicaid increased from 34 million in 2000 to 54 million in 2011. Back in 1965 approximately one in every 50 Americans was on Medicaid. Now, about one-sixth of the whole country is on Medicaid. Obamacare is forecasted to add an additional 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.
Other government welfare programs are expanding in size likewise. For instance, federal housing assistance increased by a massive 42 percent between 2006 and 2010.
The U.S.D.A. nutrition assistance programs like S.N.A.P. are even providing materials and education in an attempt to pretty much pressure eligible men and women into accepting added benefits. The food stamps program has quadrupled in the last 10 years. This program has become the second-biggest federal government welfare program.
Current predictions project that the 10 largest welfare programs will cost more than $9 trillion over the upcoming decade. It is completely outrageous that the federal government is economically assisting one-third of all Americans currently.
Things Need to Change Now
The objective of our country’s welfare plans should be that these plans turn into only short term rather than long lasting solutions. The overall goal ought to be to enable a greater percentage of our fellow Americans to locate jobs and become more financially independent.
Our existing welfare plans just hinder individual development in life and deteriorate families by instilling an attitude of dependence on government hand-outs. Among the greatest lies of the welfare states on each side of the Atlantic is the idea that the government can provide their citizens with the things that they want and that they cannot afford.
In the United States now, over 61 million Americans collect some sort of Social Security benefit. The figures listed above, if you recall, do not even include Social Security benefits and Medicare benefits being distributed to eligible Americans. This figure signifies that almost one out of every five Americans is drawing on Social Security currently.
In the years ahead we are going to see a growing number of baby boomers leave the workplace so that the number of Americans receiving Social Security will skyrocket upwards. The same kind of issue is likely to take place with Medicare. It is being estimated that the quantity of Americans on Medicare will increase from 50.7 million in 2012 to 73.2 million by 2025.
We are facing a federal budget deficit of well over a trillion dollars, and very few of our politicians even seem to care. They seem to only care about their own individual profit and advancement. Both political parties have been responsible for getting us into this mess of becoming a nation of debt addicts. Those politicians who do not take their jobs seriously enough and work hard enough to make meaningful and long-lasting changes should be tossed out of office.
We as Americans need to wake up to what is really going on that is hurting this once great nation of ours. We can’t wait for someone else to take notice and make changes. Our ballot boxes have not been the means to real change. What we need to do now is let our voices be heard all over this nation. Our politicians need to know that we won’t tolerate this abuse anymore and that their jobs are in jeopardy if they can’t change their ways.
Almost nothing is any easier for a politician to do than to promise that the people will receive added government benefits which may or may not be provided in the future. After all, someone else will be in power by the time the benefits are due. That future politician will then be left with the task of figuring out what to say and do when the funds are used in some other way and the riots begin.
Assisting your fellow man in need by reaching into your own pocket is morally right and praiseworthy. Doing the same by reaching into someone else’s pocket is not only immorally wrong but also criminal. Yet, this is what is increasingly being “legally enforced” upon hard-working taxpayers in our nation these days.
We as a nation simply cannot afford to continue to financially support more than 100 million Americans. The road we are on is one that is narrowing, getting more slippery and even facing sharper curves in the road ahead. The prudent thing to do now is to stop this madness and slow down to a stop so that we can survive. Maybe then we can change our course to one that our nation’s forefathers originally envisioned and fought for.
I wish you the best of “believing” in all of your future endeavors,
ROB – (admin)
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