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  • Majority of Americans Say Government Spends Too Much on Welfare

    More than half of Americans (51 percent) believe the government spends too much on welfare, according to a new Rasmussen Report.

    They’re right. Welfare spending has been growing for decades and is at a record level, approaching $1 trillion annually. Putting that amount in perspective, if the cost of welfare were converted to cash, it would be five times the amount necessary to pull all poor Americans out of poverty. Yet under President Obama’s plan, welfare spending is on track to keep climbing. (continues below chart)

    In the same Rasmussen poll, only 22 percent of participants said welfare programs decrease poverty. More than half the respondents said government programs increase the level of poverty, and 15 percent said they have no impact.

    Such low confidence in government welfare may be due to the fact that despite massive rates of spending, the number of Americans considered “poor” has stayed roughly the same. Instead of eliminating poverty and promoting self-sufficiency, welfare has led to government dependency. Today, roughly one-third of the U.S. population—100 million—receives some type of welfare aid.

    The vast majority of government programs don’t require work for able-bodied recipients. Tragically, the Obama Administration has been whittling away at the very few programs that have included a work requirement, gutting work requirements from the 1996 welfare reform law and suspending work requirements in the food stamps program.

    This course of dependence is not helpful to the poor, and it’s not helpful to taxpayers. The American people know this, too. The vast majority—84 percent—say that work for able-bodied adults should be a requirement to receive welfare.

    Work requirements led to the successes of the 1996 welfare reform. Within just five years of the law’s implementation, which inserted work requirements into the largest cash assistance welfare program, welfare rolls dropped by half. Child poverty rates plummeted, and employment rates among low-income individuals climbed.

    Work requirements should be applied to the rest of the government’s 80 welfare programs. The food stamps program, which has seen massive growth in spending and participation rates during the last decade, would be a good place to start.

    Getting welfare spending under control is also crucial. Once unemployment declines, welfare spending should be capped at pre-recession levels and allowed to grow only at the rate of inflation thereafter.

    It’s time to reverse the course of massive dependency and reform welfare to uphold the principles of work and self-sufficiency. These are the principles that ensure the best results for those in need and sustain a thriving society.

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    3 Responses to Majority of Americans Say Government Spends Too Much on Welfare

    1. Bobbie says:

      Majority of Americans say government spends too much on welfare, spends too much on themselves and spends oodles against Americans freedom and pursuits of happiness. Obama doesn't have the inner strength of an honorable man as his only records seen, shows and loves to play his games with everyone elses money. Government obstacles on every path deemed by authority just to be fair, where they have no authority that isn't abusive! This man and his many pays no attention to the voices of America and cares nothing about us as free people. Traps and uncertainties is not acceptable governing!

      • Steve says:

        I know I am late to the party, but we as conservatives need to understand that it's over! At the current level of dependency in this nation, we will always be outnumbered at the voting booth. We cannot win a national election unless something dramatic happens to the country, and apparently a deep recession is not enough to even rattle their cages. 49.1% of those living in the country have no skin in the game at all and don't care whether the country is sustainable or not. I know people always talk about Secession but it is a pipe dream. Conservatives feel too strongly about the Constitution and the Country to ever suggest a split and the Liberals can't afford to live without our hard work and money. We are tied to them for love of Country and they have to tolerate our existence for love of free money and not having to work or take responsibility for anything. So, seriously, is there anywhere that anyone can think of where a bit more freedom and a bit less socialism exist. I will sell my business and home and move tomorrow. We're finished here in this Country, which I will not longer refer to as my country.

    2. Mike, Wichita Falls says:

      This graph is an excellent example of why this so-called majority should not even allow these programs to start. Even with the political mandate of a landslide-elected Reagan and the 1994 GOP takeover of the House, welfare-spending trends only flattened out. Nothing ever goes away; we're lucky if it just stabilizes.

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