Welfare government’s single largest budget item in FY 2011 at approx. $1.03 trillion

“The government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011 alone — a price tag that makes welfare that year the government’s largest expenditure, according to new data released by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee…  The data excludes spending on Social Security, Medicare, means-tested health care for veterans without service-connected disabilities, and the means-tested veterans pension program…  The total federal spending on federal welfare programs vastly outpaced fiscal year 2011 spending on such federal expenditures as non-war defense ($540 billion), Social Security ($725 billion), Medicare ($480 billion), and departments such as Justice ($30.5 billion), Transportation ($77.3 billion) and Education ($65.486 billion)”

The unsustainable warp-speed expansion of the Obama welfare state continues unchecked.  We have already passed the point where the spending levels can be sustained by the number of people working and paying taxes.  The spending on welfare programs, and government spending in general, is increasing like a runaway nuclear reactor, and the pace at which people quit pulling the wagon and climb into it expecting a free ride is accelerating.  Pretty soon the few who remain straining at the bit to pull the wagon are going to quit pulling.  Then what? 

Atlas Shrugged?  Weimar Republic?  Greece?  Zimbabwe?

All of the above.
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Report: Welfare government’s single largest budget item in FY 2011 at approx. $1.03 trillion

Posted By Caroline May On 12:00 AM 10/18/2012 @ 12:00 AM In DC Exclusives – Original Reporting,DC Exclusives – Slideshow,Politics,RSS to email,Slideshow,Uncategorized

The government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011 alone — a price tag that makes welfare that year the government’s largest expenditure, according to new data released by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee.

The total sum taxpayers spent on federal welfare programs was derived from a new Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on federal welfare spending — which topped out at $745.84 billion for fiscal year 2011 — combined with an analysis from the Republican Senate Budget Committee staff of state spending on federal welfare programs (based on “The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government Finance”), which reached $282.7 billion in fiscal year 2011.

The data excludes spending on Social Security, Medicare, means-tested health care for veterans without service-connected disabilities, and the means-tested veterans pension program.

According to the CRS report, which focused solely on federal spending for federal welfare programs, spending on federal welfare programs increased $563.413 billion in fiscal year 2008 to $745.84 billion in fiscal year 2011 — a 32 percent increase.

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34 Shocking Facts About U.S. Debt That Should Set America On Fire With Anger

We have been lied to, and our wealth has been stolen.  We have been enslaved to debt by our government.  We are in for a world of pain.  If we don’t wake up and get VERY angry, and soon, it will be too late to save the country.

We MUST make our government listen to us, and they MUST stop spending beyond OUR means.  How do we make the government adhere to the Constitution short of the 2nd Amendment failsafe?
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http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/34-shocking-facts-about-u-s-debt-that-should-set-america-on-fire-with-anger

34 Shocking Facts About U.S. Debt That Should Set America On Fire With Anger

We have all been lied to.  For decades, the leaders of both major political parties have promised us that they can fix our current system and that they can get our national debt under control.  As the 2012 election approaches, they are making all kinds of wild promises once again.  Well you know what?  It is all a giant sham.  The United States has gotten into so much debt that there will be no coming back from this.  The current system is irretrievably broken. 30 years ago the U.S. debt was a horrific crisis that was completely and totally out of control.  If we would have dealt with it back then maybe we could have done something about it.  But now it is 15 timeslarger, and we are adding more than a trillion dollars to the debt every single year.  Continue reading

Liberals see opportunity for big cuts in defense – Washington Times

Why is it that liberals and progressives want to continually weaken the single institution in America that is the protective umbrella for all others?

Further commentary embedded in the story below.
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Liberals see opportunity for big cuts in defense – Washington Times.

Liberals see opportunity for big cuts in defense

Push for troop, arms levels after Cold War

By Rowan Scarborough
The Washington Times
9:10 p.m., Monday, July 18, 2011

The political left is pressing the White House and Congress to inflict a wave of Pentagon budget cuts not seen since the post-Cold War 1990s.

Liberals are citing the debt crisis and troop drawdowns from Iraq and Afghanistan to argue that now is the time for the Defense Department to shed people, missions and weapons after a decade of doubling arms spending after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (Should we come home from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and all the other places we are flushing money down the toilet because we aren’t really there to win? Yeah, we should. Should we then consolidate, modernize, and re-equip that military to continue to act as the deterrent it is supposed to be, and the weapon it MUST be if deterrence fails? Or should we just dismantle the military altogether and spend that money on more social programs? Will those social programs protect our borders? Will the “free handouts” do battle with an attacking enemy? Call me crazy, but I don’t think food stamps will stop the Chinese, Russians, or terrorists when they choose to attack us.)

The proposals, including one from the Center for America Progress, go well beyond President Obama’s call in April for $400 billion in defense cuts over 12 years. The center — run by John Podesta, who served as chief of staff to President Clinton — wants that much in reductions over the next three years and $1 trillion from what had been projected increases over the next decade.(Liberal/progressive/communists who want the destruction of America. Don’t get me wrong. I think there is a lot of waste in military spending. Most if it comes from how the politicians MANDATE that we spend our money. We have to buy from politically favored vendors and exorbitant prices, and we aren’t rewarded for SAVING money. Cut out the corruption and waste, and spend that money more effectively to by the military even MORE effective equipment, and a larger force for the same money.)

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Obama’s debt plan fails the truth test

And the money quote:

“Obama hiked spending by one-third in three years without improving our lives; he can cut it by an equal amount without destroying them.”

Something Obama says is untrue? Now there’s a shocker for you.



http://www.detnews.com/article/20110707/OPINION03/107070334/1008/OPINION01/Obama

Last Updated: July 07. 2011 1:00AM

Nolan Finley

Obama’s debt plan fails the truth test

Credit counselors offer standard advice to clients overwhelmed by debt: Tear up the credit cards and start paying down the balance before spending another dime on nonessentials.

That’s just common sense. Yet President Barack Obama is trying to sell us on the opposite approach for an overextended federal government. He wants us to issue him another credit card while he keeps spending as if the bills will never come due.

Obama has no credibility in the current showdown over raising the debt ceiling because he’s pitching a bundle of fibs to cover the reality that he doesn’t believe government spending is a problem.

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Message to the Republican Party

If the republican party caves on the debt limit and spending cuts, as it appears they will, they will have officially rendered themselves completely irrelevant, and a successor to the Whig party which also went the way of the dinosaur. The message below was posted on the GOP/RNC Facebook page, and will find its way to the inboxes of many republican senators and representatives. In encourage you to do the same. Copy this if you want, or write your own, but fax, call, write, and e-mail these idiots and pressure them to do the right thing, not the easy thing which is to just keep spending to keep the special interest groups quiet.

When are TAXPAYERS going to be considered a ‘special interest group’ I suspect it will be when the producers go ‘Galt’ and simply quit laying the golden eggs that fund government’s lavish spending.


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/06/house-republican-leader-flexible-in-deficit-talks/

Message to the Republican Party: You have rendered yourselves irrelevant

All of your ads castigating Obama are nice, but they are hollow, and indeed disingenuous. The GOP is finished, going the way of the Whigs. You have caved in to liberalism too many times, and despite your words, as a party you refuse to change course.

You are holding all the cards on the issue of debt and spending, but under the ‘leadership’ of Mr. ‘Crying Game’ Boehner you play the game like you have a pair of deuces. You could stand firm on the no tax increases/cut spending or no debt limit increase, but once again you cave and kick the can down the road. Our country is on track to be Greece raised to the power of 3, yet you just allow Obama and the democrats (and many of you) to just keep spending.

Now republicrats in the house have caved AGAIN in the issue of ‘revenue’ increases (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/06/house-republican-leader-flexible-in-deficit-talks/), which unless you strictly stick to selling government owned/confiscated land/property, you might as well just say tax increases. You talk of “closing loopholes,” but NONE of you are in the slightest bit serious about reforming a burdensome tax code that costs government, and therefore taxpayers, billions of dollars per year. For example, if you have a 30% tax rate, but people in that bracket are only paying 15% because of the loopholes, exemptions, and shelters that YOU wrote into the thousands of pages of tax law, just go to a 15% FLAT TAX with NO EXCEPTIONS, LOOPHOLES, or SHELTERS. You pay your 15% off the top, you don’t file any tax returns, you don’t get any refunds, YOU CAN DO AWAY WITH THE IRS, and therefore save taxpayers the $13 to $14 BILLION dollars that the IRS is costing us every year. Not to mention the money saved/not spent on accountants and other things to keep from getting screwed by said IRS. But that makes far too much sense to EVER happen in Washington, and it would force you all to give up the coercive power you have in the IRS.

ALL of you are more concerned about your political careers than you are for the preservation of our constitution and our liberties, so there is absolutely ZERO chance that any REAL reforms will be made that actually help our nation. When a politician says “reform,” it usually means more laws, higher taxes, and bigger government. In concert with the democrats, you are driving the citizens of this nation into a corner from which they have no escape. You are turning us all into slaves and/or cornered animals. Both yearn for freedom, and will struggle for it until the end. I mourn what our nation has become, and I mourn for what I fear will soon happen if brave men and women are unwilling to make courageous but probably painful decisions that will return us to our constitutional path. In the short term, understand that no matter which way you vote your political future will not be a long one. But I pray that you will make the choices that will allow a revived America to view you kindly through the prism of history.


Obama’s ‘Transparent’ Secrecy

We’ve seen what Obama’s style of “transparency” gets us. Trillions of dollars in debt, more unemployed than the Great Depression, a crumbling economy, a worthless dollar, a decaying military, increasing dependence on government, record poverty, a declining stature around the world, a constitution under attack. He. Can. NOT. Be. Trusted.

I believe we are girding for our last stand as a nation. If we let the politicians play politics as usual, and try to kick the debt can down the road, failing to take responsibility for both our past and our future, I firmly believe that our economy and way of life will collapse.

Do you believe what’s left of America is worth fighting for?  I do.
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http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-s-transparent-secrecy_575979.html

Obama’s ‘Transparent’ Secrecy

Two Republican senators protest.

1:45 PM, Jul 1, 2011 • By FRED BARNES

Imagine the reaction if President Obama and congressional Democrats had released a sweeping health care bill, drafted in closed-door meetings, and demanded its approval by Congress immediately. There would have been national outrage over the secrecy, lack of time for public hearings, and the absence of discussion, revisions, amendments, and multiple votes.

Yet that is exactly what the White House and Democrats are proposing once – and if – a deal on raising the debt limit by as much as $2 trillion is reached. The administration now insists on an agreement by July 22 in order for the government to avert a default on August 2.

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Tax Dispute Stalls Debt Talks

Oh, dear Lord, NOOOOOOO!!! The conservatives are holding all the cards, and you leave BOEHNER in charge of the negotiations?!?!?!?!? WTFreak are you thinking? He’s almost as bad at compromising away an advantage as John “Windsock” McCain.


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304569504576403522729881988.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories#printMode

JUNE 24, 2011

Tax Dispute Stalls Debt Talks

GOP Team Withdraws, Leaving Obama and Boehner to Negotiate a Final Deal

 By JANET HOOK And COREY BOLES

The drive for a major deficit-reduction deal entered a new phase Thursday when Republican negotiators pulled out of bipartisan talks, leaving it to President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to resolve the toughest issues.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) said he was backing out of the talks for now because the group had reached an impasse over the question of whether tax increases should be included in the deal.

The only other Republican in the group, Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.), soon followed suit, agreeing that only the highest levels of leadership could break the logjam between Democrats’ demand that the budget deal include tax increases and Republicans’ adamant opposition to that demand.
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