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Brother O to Spend More on Welfare Next Year Than Bush Spent on Entire Iraq War

Brother O is spending $10 trillion on welfare, the largest increase in welfare benefits in U.S. history, and no one knows because it’s not being reported, says Robert Rector, co-author of a study by the Heritage Foundation.

“One in seven in total federal and state dollars now goes to welfare. But this is a completely unknown story,” said Rector, a senior research fellow in domestic policy studies at Heritage.

To provide some perspective, the George W. Bush administration spent a total of $622 billion on the Iraq war, according to the Congressional Research Service. Brother O’s welfare spending will reach $888 billion in 2010, $260 billion more than Bush spent from the first “shock and awe” attack in 2003 until he left office in January 2009.

Brother O will increase annual federal welfare spending by one-third in his first fiscal year. The study projects annual spending on welfare programs will reach $1 trillion for the 2014 fiscal year, and will total $10.3 trillion ($7.5 trillion federal money and $2.8 trillion federally mandated state expenditures) over the next decade.

Since the beginning of the government’s “war on poverty,” $15.9 trillion has been spent on welfare programs. The total cost of every war in American history, starting with the American Revolution, is $6.4 trillion when adjusted for inflation.

Welfare has been the fastest growing part of the federal government’s spending, increasing by 292 percent from 1989 to 2008. That’s compared to Social Security and Medicare, which grew 213 percent, the study says.

While campaigning for president, Brother O attacked Bush because of the financial toll the Iraq war was having on Americans, costing each household about $100 a month. When that same standard is applied to means-tested welfare spending, the cost for each household is $560 per month in 2009 and will be $638 per month in 2010, according to the Heritage study.

Radio and TV commentators and pundits laughed at the video of an exuberant Peggy Joseph gushing about how she no longer had to worry about putting gas in her car or paying her mortgage for Brother O would take care of it.

Who’s laughing now?

I.M. Kane

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SOME PRACTICAL ADVICE

2010 Census Cautions
By Ron Hei  

Be very careful not to share personal information with strangers who come to your door, even if they claim to be from the US census. Even if you are SURE they are official census takers, limit yourself to the required information. There will be 140,000 temporary employees, and we have already seen what sort of folk they are from the ACORN scandals. Read this announcement from the Better Business Bureau, and share it with everyone you know.

With the U.S. Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country. Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data. The big question is – how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:

  • If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a hand held device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don’t know into your home.
  • Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census. While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, it will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers nor will employees solicit donations.

Eventually, Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail, or in person at home. However, they will not contact you by Email, so be on the lookout for Email scams impersonating the Census.

Never click on a link or open any attachments in an Email that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau

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