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?