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'Welfare Spending Equates to $168 Per Day for Every Household in Poverty'
weekly standard ^ | 11:13 AM, Dec 7, 2012 | By DANIEL HALPER

Posted on 12/07/2012 11:51:15 AM PST by BenLurkin

The amount of money spent on welfare programs equals, when converted to cash payments, about "$168 per day for every household in poverty," the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee finds. Here's a chart detailing the committee's findings:[see link]

"Based on data from the Congressional Research Service, cumulative spending on means-tested federal welfare programs, if converted into cash, would equal $167.65 per day per household living below the poverty level," writes the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee. "By comparison, the median household income in 2011 of $50,054 equals $137.13 per day. Additionally, spending on federal welfare benefits, if converted into cash payments, equals enough to provide $30.60 per hour, 40 hours per week, to each household living below poverty. The median household hourly wage is $25.03. After accounting for federal taxes, the median hourly wage drops to between $21.50 and $23.45, depending on a household’s deductions and filing status. State and local taxes further reduce the median household’s hourly earnings. By contrast, welfare benefits are not taxed."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: welfare; welfarestatistics

1 posted on 12/07/2012 11:51:20 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

And welfare benifits are not taxed.


2 posted on 12/07/2012 11:57:19 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: BenLurkin

This doesn’t even begin to include all the free stuff that the parasites get from taxpayers. All tax free and politicians promise more and more.

These people live a leisured, hassle free lifestyle and get everything handed to them.


3 posted on 12/07/2012 12:11:42 PM PST by detective
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To: BenLurkin

Welfare pays better than many lower paying jobs, or even many average paying jobs in lower cost of living areas. There’s no hope for balanced budgets until millions can be moved off welfare into jobs. And at present the jobs aren’t there to move very many.

Our government has royally screwed this nation up in numeous ways.


4 posted on 12/07/2012 12:13:35 PM PST by Will88
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To: BenLurkin; SkyDancer
Whatever happened to giving those people Government Cheese?

Living the high life buying Shrimp and Lotto tickets on your neighbors dime. (Ubama is punishing those of us who didn't vote for him)

5 posted on 12/07/2012 12:19:28 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: BenLurkin

It pays to be po! That’s about 3.5 times as much as we live on here.


6 posted on 12/07/2012 12:22:12 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: BenLurkin

Re-Distribution Communism File.


7 posted on 12/07/2012 12:27:12 PM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: KC_Lion

Zactly - and the more people who are working see this -


8 posted on 12/07/2012 12:30:35 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: BenLurkin
We clearly have a problem.

However, note that this is comparing total welfare spending/household to individual income. It's a misleading comparison.

Welfare recipients don't see this much income. Anyone want to guess how much is skimmed off the top by bureaucrats before it reaches the poor?

9 posted on 12/07/2012 12:42:08 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it)
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To: MV=PY

Reagan pointed this out in “the speech” (actual title “A Time for Choosing).

“But now we’re told that 9.3 million families in this country are poverty-stricken on the basis of earning less than 3,000 dollars a year. Welfare spending [is] 10 times greater than in the dark depths of the Depression. We’re spending 45 billion dollars on welfare. Now do a little arithmetic, and you’ll find that if we divided the 45 billion dollars up equally among those 9 million poor families, we’d be able to give each family 4,600 dollars a year. And this added to their present income should eliminate poverty. Direct aid to the poor, however, is only running only about 600 dollars per family. It would seem that someplace there must be some overhead.” Ronald Reagan


10 posted on 12/07/2012 12:45:52 PM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: detective

They’re completely unable to take care of themselves, as well.

And when those checks stop, or hyperinflation makes them worthless, they’re going to be in real sad shape.


11 posted on 12/07/2012 12:48:38 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SkyDancer
I noticed in your pictures you have what looks like Medical Equipment in your Plane Janey. How does CommunistCare effect you?

Or since you work in Australia it must not.

You are where Ubama can't get you.

12 posted on 12/07/2012 12:49:36 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: MV=PY

Thank you for posting this. I know people on welfare, and it is really hard. The real parasites are the bloated bureaucracy who live well off tax money and treat the poor and disabled like crap.


13 posted on 12/07/2012 1:01:32 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: allmendream

Thanks. I ran across some current numbers recently, but can’t remember where - perhaps on FR.

Boy, I sure miss Reagan!


14 posted on 12/07/2012 1:02:03 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it)
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To: KC_Lion
Doesn't affect the instruments at all. Mostly it's stabilize and transport - and monitor. We've tried to see different ways to see if they do. Other than a bout with pneumonia haven't had the need - but then too, we can get lots of stuff OTC you couldn't get in the States.
15 posted on 12/07/2012 1:03:51 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SkyDancer
but then too, we can get lots of stuff OTC you couldn't get in the States.

Sounds like Australia is the place too be, since The U.S. is going to hell and Israel is under assault from all sides, I just might join you down there.

Have you picked up the accent yet?

16 posted on 12/07/2012 1:12:10 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion

‘Accent Mate? Whut accent - yeah the folks at home give me a hard time about it - LOL


17 posted on 12/07/2012 2:16:12 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: BenLurkin

70% of that stays in bureaucracy


18 posted on 12/07/2012 2:35:39 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: SkyDancer
Lols! So you have picked up the accent!

How long have you being going to Australia anyway? Must be awhile for you to pick up the outback way of speaking.

You should hear my mother, she has the the Thickest Upper Class English Accent you will ever hear. Its funny when she speaks in German to my Father.

19 posted on 12/07/2012 3:24:24 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion

Reckon I be there going on four years - or izzit five mate, dunno ...’tiz a wunda ...


20 posted on 12/07/2012 3:31:30 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SkyDancer
Reckon I be there going on four years - or izzit five mate, dunno ...’tiz a wunda ...

You are too precious Janey. Elohim Yevarekh Otakh


21 posted on 12/07/2012 3:50:59 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion

And to you “elohim yevarekh”


22 posted on 12/07/2012 4:01:24 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: MrB
They’re completely unable to take care of themselves, as well.

After generations of welfare breeding some Americans have developed IQs comparable to Border Collies. Instead of the pound people looking for pets might check out midnight shopping at Walmart on the first of the month. We're already paying for their food and health care, they are largely house trained, and they can be off leash in public. Getting them spayed might be an issue. They will need training but these pets can do light housekeeping. Some of them are friendly, happy, of good humor, and make great companions. Free pets! Sort of.

23 posted on 12/07/2012 5:34:45 PM PST by Reeses
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