Well, let’s look at these two groups and find out what the truth is about these groups paying their fair share (Let’s use the statistics from the Liberal Urban Institute/Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center to determine the facts). The 46% of Americans who did not pay a dime of taxes and who take the bulk of Federal welfare benefits vote Democrat in elections. In the first quarter of 2010, according to the Wall Street Journal, 48.5% of the American population lives in a household where at least one of the family members receives some type of Federal government benefits. More than one-third of Americans (34.2%) live in a household that received benefits from more than one of the 70 federal programs that provide cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to the poor and low-income persons; this is a record high.
No wonder, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) figures show that “The Federal Anti-poverty spending has soared from $190 Billion in 1990, to $348 Billion in 2000, and to $638 Billion in 2010 (All adjusted for Inflation).” The growth since 2000 for the Children’s Health Insurance program (CHIP) “has been remarkable at 470%, food stamps at 229%, energy assistance at 89%, and Medicaid at 80%.” Adjusted for inflation, anti-poverty spending is 13 times higher today than it was in 1965, when the War on poverty began; at the same time families in poverty has only doubled!
Now, let’s look at the achievers in America (Heritage Foundation):
- The richest 20% of American taxpayers shoulder 86% of the Federal Income.
- The riches 1% of American taxpayers (The top16% of taxpayers) shoulder 36.7% of the Federal Income.
Now I support the idea of the Millionaires paying more (1 or 2%), but it is a lie to say they presently don’t pay their fair share! By the way there are 3679 new millionaires this year.
“President Obama intends to destroy the USA through his Plan for Redistribution and Federal Government control:
- 48% of all Americans are considered “low-income” or are living in the “poverty level.”
- 57% of all children in the USA are living in impoverishment.
- 16% of all Americans are without work today as measured by 2007 Standards (The Obama Administration have changed the measurement).
- The average American needs 40 Weeks to find a job, if they are looking for one.
- There are fewer jobs in America today than in 2000 even though there are 30 million more people in the USA.
- The median household income has declined 6.8% since January 2008.”
“Welfare Spending Up 41 Percent under President Obama
In 1964, when President Lyndon Johnson declared a “war on poverty” in America, the poverty rate stood at around 19 percent. Since then, total federal, state, and local spending on anti-poverty programs has amounted to $15 trillion, yet the poverty rate now stands at 15.1 percent, the highest level in nearly a decade
“Clearly we are doing something wrong,” according to the Cato Institute, which has released a new policy analysis on welfare spending that calls the war on poverty a “failure.”
The federal government will spend more than $668 billion on anti-poverty programs this year, an increase of 41 percent or more than $193 billion since President Barack Obama took office. State and local government expenditures will amount to another $284 billion, bringing the total to nearly $1 trillion — far more than the $685 billion spent on defense.
Federal, state and local governments now spend $20,610 a year for every poor person in the United States, or $61,830 for each poor family of three.
“Given that the poverty line for that family is just $18,530, we should have theoretically wiped out poverty in America many times over,” writes Michael Tanner, director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute and author of “The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society”.
Most welfare programs are means-tested programs providing cash, food, housing, medical care, or other benefits to low-income persons and families, or programs targeted at communities or disadvantaged groups, such as the homeless. The federal government alone now funds 126 separate and often overlapping programs designed to fight poverty, Tanner points out.
There are 33 housing programs run by four different cabinet departments, 21 programs providing food or food-purchasing assistance administered by three different federal departments and one independent agency, and eight healthcare programs administered by five separate agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services.
The largest welfare program is Medicaid, which provides benefits to 49 million Americans and cost more than $228 billion last year, followed by the food stamps program, with 41 million participants and a price tag of nearly $72 billion. Other programs range from Federal Pell Grants ($41 billion) down to lower-cost programs such as Weatherization Assistance for Low Income Persons ($250 million) and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program ($20 million).
At least 106 million Americans receive benefits from one or more of these programs. Including entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare and salaries for government employees, more than half of Americans now receive a substantial portion of their income from the government.”
“Clearly we are spending more than enough money to have significantly reduced poverty, yet we haven't,” Tanner concludes.
The vast majority of current programs are focused on making poverty more comfortable rather than giving people the tools that will help them escape poverty. And we actually have a pretty solid idea of the keys to getting out of and staying out of poverty: finish school, do not get pregnant outside marriage, and get a job, any job, and stick with it.
The Tea Party "Activate Debt Commission Budget" – organized by FreedomWorks – put together a serious budget – one that cuts $9.7 TRILLION from the budget. One that balances our budget within 4 years.
The Tea Party Budget is a crowd-sourced, grassroots-generated document. "We traveled the country holding “field hearings. Over 55,000 activists voted for specific cuts on our online portal. Unlike Harry Reid and the Democrats, we listened to the people."
In the end, 12 grassroots “commissioners” compiled the findings into a workable budget that:
- Repeals Obamacare – in its entirety;
- Fully eliminates four cabinet departments, and shrinks or privatizes many others;
- Shrinks the federal government from 24% of GDP to 16% – a historical average;
- Cuts, caps, and balances federal spending.
And it does all of this without raising taxes, which means that our budget – unlike the rumored Democrat proposals (which they won’t even propose!) – actually stands a chance of passing!