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Old 10-18-2012, 09:52 AM   #1
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Default Welfare spending jumps 32% in four years

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Welfare spending has grown substantially over the past four years, reaching $746 billion in 2011 ó or more than Social Security, basic defense spending or any other single chunk of the federal government

The steady rise in welfare spending, which covers more than 80 programs primarily designed to help low-income Americans, got a big boost from the 2009 stimulus and has grown, albeit somewhat more slowly, in 2010 and 2011. One reason is that more people are qualifying in the weak economy, but the federal government also has broadened eligibility so that more people qualify for programs.

Beyond that, the next big program is food stamps, at $75 billion in 2011, or 10 percent of welfare spending. Itís nearly twice the size it was in 2008 and accounts for a staggering 20 percent of the total welfare spending increase over those four years.

Read more: Welfare spending jumps 32% in four years - Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...#ixzz29f7wqows
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