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… it is the dramatic expansion of eligibility for these programs — spreading their benefits well into the middle class — that has driven the explosion of [federal entitlement] spending.  Today, more than half of the [welfare] benefits allocated through programs we think of as ‘anti-poverty‘ efforts actually go to people above the poverty line as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.  As a result, our poverty programs — once justified and defended as a safety net for Americans truly in need — exist, increasingly, to make life more comfortable for the middle class.




Since the War on Poverty began in 1964, Welfare spending ha[d] skyrocketed


[Until 1997.]

[In 1997], President Bill Clinton signed legislation overhauling part of the nation’s welfare system…  At the time of its enactment, liberal groups passionately  denounced the bill, predicting that it would result in substantial increases in poverty, hunger, and other social ills. Contrary to these alarming forecasts, welfare reform effective in meeting each of its goals [until 2012 when Barack Obama unilaterally and illegally overrode the will of congress by eliminating enforcement of that act].   [Those met goals included] Poverty     ha[d] dropped substantially…  [with] Decreases in poverty [being] greatest among black children…  Hunger among children ha[d] been cut roughly in half…  Employment of single mothers has increased greatly…  [and]  The explosive growth of out-of-wedlock childbearing ha[d] come to a virtual halt.


[Thank goodness for “Change,” eh?]


In recent years, more than half of welfare dollars and nearly half of food stamp dollars have been missed in several major surveys.



… for increasingly more [Americans living under Obamanomics] it is now more lucrative – in the form of actual disposable income – to sit, do nothing, and collect various welfare entitlements, than to work.



The American Welfare State

How We Spend Nearly $1 Trillion a Year Fighting Poverty — and Fail



6 charts that show the Welfare State run amok



House GOP seeks to bar the use of welfare funds at strip clubs


[You mean taxpayer-supplied welfare funds have always been available for use at strip clubs?]

[And only Republicans are sponsoring this bill to repeal that availability?]


Total Welfare Spending Is Rising Despite Attempts at Reform



Examining the Means-tested Welfare State:

79 Programs and $927 Billion in Annual Spending



Obama & Welfare:

Obama administration undermining work requirements for welfare recipients



Obama’s End Run on Welfare Reform, Part Two:

Dismantling Workfare




How They Really Do Water Down Work Requirements



The 3 Laws of [Welfare] Programs


[ASND recommends, for those rare few who actually do, Nicholas Kristoff’s linked column from that article.]

[And yes, for those who don’t know, Nick Kristoff is a self-professed liberal.]


Why a single [American] mom is better off with a $29,000 job and welfare than taking a $69,000 job



EBT Abuse: The Cash-for-Drunkards Program



Welfare for the Rich:

The federal government has emerged as one of the most potent factors driving income inequality in the United States – especially in the nation’s capital.




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