Obama Oversees Welfare Spending Increase As Poverty Remains Unchanged


So Big Daddy Barack Obama has overseen an incredible funding increase of welfare spending and yet he hasn’t reduced poverty in the least. In fact, it’s up by 41%, which adds up to a startling $193 billion each year.

CNSNews reports,

Federal welfare spending in fiscal year 2011 totaled $668 billion, spread out over 126 programs, while the poverty rate that remains high at 15.1 percent, roughly where it was in 1965, when President Johnson declared a federal War on Poverty.

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In 1966, the first year after Johnson declared war on poverty, the national poverty rate was 14.7 percent, according to Census Bureau figures. Over time, the poverty rate has fluctuated in a narrow range between 11 and 15 percent, only falling into the 11 percent range for a few years in the late 1970’s.

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The federal poverty rate is the percentage of the population below the federal poverty threshold, which varies based on family size.

While the study concedes that some of the increased spending under Obama is a result of the recession and the counter-cyclical nature of anti-poverty programs, it also finds that some of the increase is deliberate, with the government having expanded eligibility for welfare programs.

It appears to me that instead of continuing to increase welfare funding the Obama administration should be looking at getting people off of welfare, not putting more on it.

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