It's official. Taxpayers are no longer simply helping the poor, they're
subsidizing the lives of welfare recipients at a better rate than their
own. The Senate Budget Committee has released a report showing
households living below the poverty line and receiving welfare payments
are raking in the equivalent of $168 per day in benefits which come in
the form of food stamps, housing, childcare, healthcare and more. The
median household income in 2011 was $50,054, totaling $137.13 per day.
The worst part? Welfare payments are equivalent to making $30 per hour
for 40 hours a week. The median wage for non-welfare recipients is $25
per hour but because they pay taxes, unlike welfare recipients, the wage
is bumped down to $21 per hour. From the report:
For fiscal year 2011, CRS identified roughly 80 overlapping federal means-tested welfare programs that together represented the single largest budget item in 2011â€”more
than the nation spends on Social Security, Medicare, or national
defense. The total amount spent on these federal programs, when taken
together with approximately $280 billion in state contributions,
amounted to roughly $1 trillion. Nearly 95 percent of these costs come
from four categories of spending: medical assistance, cash assistance,
food assistance, and social / housing assistance. Under the Presidentâ€™s
FY13 budget proposal, means-tested spending would increase an additional
30 percent over the next four years.
By all means Mr. President, let's raise taxes on people already paying the majority of the taxes because clearly they aren't "paying their fair share" to subsize the lives of others already.
UPDATE: The report does not say that every household receiving welfare
benefits totals $168 but specifically refers to those receiving benefits
and living below the poverty line. Also, it should be pointed out the
$168 includes all costs incurred by the federal government to deliver
benefits, including administrative costs.
I find that hard.to believe. I have family member on welfare (she is in school full time to be a nurse and is almost done) and her amount comes out to about 10k a year for her and her two kids. She gets some monthly help from a lawsuit (wrongful death for.her dh). But not much... Where is it that people get 50k in welfare....she must be in the wrong state