This blog is for me as well as for you. [Updated, 7 April 2014] [And Dec 2014]
Finding the real data is difficult. Very difficult. Even the supposed ‘conservatives’ bury the data inside of other data.
So, it looks like $1.3 trillion being spent on Welfare, out of $3.537.
More than one third.
It is always difficult to remember what spending falls under which program – I think even the ‘experts’ forget. And it is possible I am double counting Medicaid – it is difficult to find real numbers. But, Medicaid is paid under Medicare, so, I think I am not double billing.
And this is missing quite a lot of money spent at the state and local level.
And yes, I did round numbers, and I took money spent by the states on Medicaid, because some of that money comes from the Federal Government, and I do not know how much.
* SSI is difficult to find. This was buried in a PDF report after clicking through several pages on the government website: “cash payments under the SSI program during calendar year 2012 increased 5.4 percent to $51.7 billion.”
** “Federal spending for Medicaid … was $251 billion” Total Medicaid spending is $444 Billion a year. Almost what we spend on the military, but they always tell us the military is too expensive. Then what is $1.3 Trillion on Welfare?
*** When I originally wrote this, Defense spending was close to $600 Billion / Year. Now it is closer to $800 Billion. So, I would guess welfare went way up, or they allowed defense spending to go up in return for the huge increases in welfare spending from fy 2007 to fy 2010 ….
Also, the budget went from $3.5 Trillion to $4 Trillion since I originally wrote this. Did YOUR paycheck go up 15%?