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Should they be making more than the working man?/"Poor" Households Getting $168 in Welfare Per Day from Taxpayers

Posted by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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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:

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gammie
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:17 PM

For fiscal year 2011, CRS identified roughly 80 overlapping federal means-tested welfare programs that together represented the single largest budget item in 2011—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 President’s FY13 budget proposal, means-tested spending would increase an additional 30 percent over the next four years.

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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.

smalltowngal
by Platinum Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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I do worry, the way our system is set up, that it costs too much to go off welfare. The whole system needs to be reworked. 

gammie
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

If this does not stop people will quit their jobs and stay home.

But these stupid people don't get that they have to steal from the working to fill the government bank.

OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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 Absolutely ridiculous...

jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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I have yet to see the actual data behind this claim.  Anybody find it?

I also think they are lumping in medicaide.

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:26 PM

If Medicaid is added, that would make sense.

We need an entire restructure of our HC system as well.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

I have yet to see the actual data behind this claim.  Anybody find it?

I also think they are lumping in medicaide.


gammie
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

This about people who get it all, not just one thing like FS.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

I have yet to see the actual data behind this claim.  Anybody find it?

I also think they are lumping in medicaide.


brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I am curious to see how these numbers were put together myself.

Because I have seen people who make so little they can afford nearly every PA program out there and I know people who make 50K-So strange the author doesn't link to the Data.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

I have yet to see the actual data behind this claim.  Anybody find it?

I also think they are lumping in medicaide.


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katzmeow726
by Platinum Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM
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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
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jaxTheMomm
by Platinum Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

So far the only source I can find for this is the original Weekly Standard piece.

I can't find where it got this data. 

Quoting brookiecookie87:

I am curious to see how these numbers were put together myself.

Because I have seen people who make so little they can afford nearly every PA program out there and I know people who make 50K-So strange the author doesn't link to the Data.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

I have yet to see the actual data behind this claim.  Anybody find it?

I also think they are lumping in medicaide.



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