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There is a perfectly reasonable understandable logical rational reason why welfare has soared since Barack Obama has been president. Barack is working on it. It’s right on the tip of his tongue. He’ll have it in a minute. Has he told you that bin Laden is dead? Al Qaeda is defunct… okay, not defunct but they’ve moved… to somewhere.
Welfare spending has grown substantially over the past four years, reaching $746 billion in 2011 — or more than Social Security, basic defense spending or any other single chunk of the federal government — according to a new memo by the Congressional Research Service.
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.
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…
CRS reports that food assistance programs — the third largest welfare category behind health and cash assistance — experienced the greatest increase in spending, with 71 percent more spending in 2011 than in 2008. The agency explained that this spending increase was largely due to the growth in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps.
This’s the way this works, see. Almost anybody can get food stamps. Gratis. This is sort of Barack’s introductory get acquainted offer. No charge. Free food stamps. Step right up. That takes care of Halloween candy for the kids. The weekly super lotto ticket…
Okay, you’re out of work? Out of unemployment benefits? Still looking. Cannot find work. Things are getting a little tough out there. You need temporary help. Just a short-term leg up. Maybe two months on the outside. We understand. Got it.
You are white. Hmmm. Doesn’t matter. Not a bit. Race is not a factor. Zilch. Nada. Married?… No kids? Hmmm. Well… just temporary help? A month or two? Right. Hmmm.
Uhhh… Se habla español? No? Er, have you tried the escort services? Phone sex? Corner of Third and Main?
Nuh-uh. To rake in the big welfare bucks you must be baking off kids at the rate of two every year-and-half, living in a two-story section-8 home and struggling to make those Escalade payments, honey. Have we told you Obama got phones?
This is all temporary, you understand.