Welfare spending jumps 32% in four years

Oct 18, 2012 Full story: www.washingtontimes.com 69

Welfare spending has grown substantially over the past four years, reaching $746 billion in 2011 — or more than Social Security, basic defense spending or any other single chunk of the federal government — according to a new memo by the Congressional Research Service.

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“Way down, in Columbus Georgia”

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#1 Oct 18, 2012
Truly amazing numbers, especially combined with the longest stretch of high unemployment since the depression.

“Shadowville All-Stars”

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#2 Oct 18, 2012
Jim R Pickens wrote:
Truly amazing numbers, especially combined with the longest stretch of high unemployment since the depression.
I've often wondered what was up with those "Obamaphones"..? Those had to cost a pretty penny with the millions of cellphones and free minutes every month on them.

I never got around to getting one but several of my friends did, and said it was fairly simple to get one.

What purpose was giving away all these millions of free telephones supposed to serve?

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#3 Oct 18, 2012
Will Dockery wrote:
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I've often wondered what was up with those "Obamaphones"..? Those had to cost a pretty penny with the millions of cellphones and free minutes every month on them.
I never got around to getting one but several of my friends did, and said it was fairly simple to get one.
What purpose was giving away all these millions of free telephones supposed to serve?
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In the the current way of thinking, everyone is entitled to a cell phone, keyword: entitled.
Just what are Americans entitled to? For two hundred plus years it has been defined by our Constitution but now it "hinders" the current administration.

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#4 Oct 18, 2012
Jim R Pickens wrote:
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In the the current way of thinking, everyone is entitled to a cell phone, keyword: entitled.
Just what are Americans entitled to? For two hundred plus years it has been defined by our Constitution but now it "hinders" the current administration.
Just another thing that turns me off about the Democrats... I just don't follow that program. I let my cellphone run out almost two months ago, out of minutes $$$, and am actually enjoying it.

I make contacts here at home via Facebook message, and then that's it... reach me while I'm at the house or I'll catch up with you when I get home.

If I /really/ need to call someone, I'll look for a payphone.

Because, I'm *Entitled* to a little peace and quiet!

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“Way down, in Columbus Georgia”

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#5 Oct 18, 2012
Will Dockery wrote:
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Just another thing that turns me off about the Democrats... I just don't follow that program. I let my cellphone run out almost two months ago, out of minutes $$$, and am actually enjoying it.
I make contacts here at home via Facebook message, and then that's it... reach me while I'm at the house or I'll catch up with you when I get home.
If I /really/ need to call someone, I'll look for a payphone.
Because, I'm *Entitled* to a little peace and quiet!
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I believe that's called the "pursuit of happiness" in the Constitution.

“Shadowville All-Stars”

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#6 Oct 18, 2012
Jim R Pickens wrote:
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I believe that's called the "pursuit of happiness" in the Constitution.
And I was raised to understand, and have found out for myself, that something worked for and earned generates more of a sense of value, is worth more, than something just handed over as a given.

This used to be the Democratic way, as much as the Republican... until I reckon greed got in the way.

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Frank

Columbus, GA

#7 Oct 19, 2012
This Obama phone Program is a good example of why we are headed in the wrong direction with Obama, how can anyone be surprised by the increasing welfare numbers

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#8 Oct 19, 2012
Frank wrote:
This Obama phone Program is a good example of why we are headed in the wrong direction with Obama, how can anyone be surprised by the increasing welfare numbers
It just seems surreal.

Obama gets elected on promises to "fix" the problems America was facing in 2008... and what we wind up with is Dr. Feelgood passing out free telephones and food stamps and striking rock star poses at debates four years later.

Time for someone who has shown he can get the job done... Google Gary Johnson and see his record, win or lose there's no doubt he's the right man for the job of President in these shaky times.

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Since: Sep 12

Los Baños, Philippines

#9 Oct 19, 2012
Just couldn't understand what is happening with this people. Is this part of the election? Is this a strategy for them to win in the coming election? Just want to ask them...

“Shadowville All-Stars”

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#10 Oct 19, 2012
Playslip wrote:
Just couldn't understand what is happening with this people. Is this part of the election? Is this a strategy for them to win in the coming election? Just want to ask them...
About the free Obamaphones and food? Yes, seems like that would buy him a few votes...
Historian of the Earth

Columbus, GA

#11 Oct 19, 2012
The Roman Caesars would hand out free bread and have weeks of games to win the favor of the public.
That would only work for a short time.

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#12 Oct 21, 2012
Historian of the Earth wrote:
The Roman Caesars would hand out free bread and have weeks of games to win the favor of the public.
That would only work for a short time.
Long enough to get 'em elected I reckon.

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Melch

Columbus, GA

#13 Oct 22, 2012
Cuz Obama Prez thats why, he gonna be prez whether he win this election or not.

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#14 Oct 23, 2012
Melch wrote:
Cuz Obama Prez thats why, he gonna be prez whether he win this election or not.
How so?
Druid Hills Commando

Thomaston, GA

#15 Oct 23, 2012
The last four years have been terrible and this topic is just another example.
Four years ago I was all for Obama but I got to go with Romney this time. I can't take another four years of the way things are going.

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#16 Oct 23, 2012
Druid Hills Commando wrote:
The last four years have been terrible and this topic is just another example.
Four years ago I was all for Obama but I got to go with Romney this time. I can't take another four years of the way things are going.
I'm there with you on Obama... I personally have seen two small-time Pizza joints I've made part of my living with for over twenty years, that thrived during the Bush years (there's a reason for that which I could go into at another time, but the concept also worked even better for us in the Clinton era) that went under after Obama took over, as prices skyrocketed on everything from cheese and other toppings to of course gas, and the basic fact that folks have less free $$$ than they did four years ago.

I have no love for Romney, who strikes me as a low grade Nixon or Reagan wannabe, but Obama has shown his uselessness in my opinion.

Casting my vote for Gary Johnson this year, as you no doubt know by now.

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Sheik Yerbouti

Pennington, NJ

#17 Oct 23, 2012
Will Dockery wrote:
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And I was raised to understand, and have found out for myself, that something worked for and earned generates more of a sense of value, is worth more, than something just handed over as a given.
This used to be the Democratic way, as much as the Republican... until I reckon greed got in the way.
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Makes you wonder what happened. Today's liberalism is much different from the liberalism I knew as a young man.

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#19 Oct 23, 2012
Sheik Yerbouti wrote:
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Makes you wonder what happened. Today's liberalism is much different from the liberalism I knew as a young man.
Yes, gone from making the world a better place to offering to give the world a free ride.

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Columbus Native

Oklahoma City, OK

#20 Oct 24, 2012
Homeland Security and Military Welfare spending over the past 10 years is the most disturbing welfare spending incraese. Funnny how republicans pick on women havig children they can't afford, as the only welfare in our budget. 8 billion dollar border fence which costed us 22 billion, Cheney's 18 billion dollar no-bid welfare contract, 2 trillion welfare spending in Iraq and Afganistan are never mentioned among these meatheads is ever a problem. They also think that their hero who is actually zero will give 5 trillion in tax cuts to the top 1% and they will start building new plants here in America and creating millions of jobs WRONG! The reality is that these super greedy gods among republicans will instead gorge themselves in the Stock Market whose profits are made by profits in corporations based heavily on 1 dollar an hour labor in companies based in China, Mexico, Indonesia etc.

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#21 Oct 24, 2012
Columbus Native wrote:
Homeland Security and Military Welfare spending over the past 10 years is the most disturbing welfare spending incraese. Funnny how republicans pick on women havig children they can't afford, as the only welfare in our budget. 8 billion dollar border fence which costed us 22 billion, Cheney's 18 billion dollar no-bid welfare contract, 2 trillion welfare spending in Iraq and Afganistan are never mentioned among these meatheads is ever a problem. They also think that their hero who is actually zero will give 5 trillion in tax cuts to the top 1% and they will start building new plants here in America and creating millions of jobs WRONG! The reality is that these super greedy gods among republicans will instead gorge themselves in the Stock Market whose profits are made by profits in corporations based heavily on 1 dollar an hour labor in companies based in China, Mexico, Indonesia etc.
C.N. I'm not sure if you're following this discussion elsewhere, on Romney's supposed feelings on where to go with Medicare and SSI, for the elderly and handicapped. Here's a repost, tell me if this seems to be accurate to you, and what the agenda seems to be:

Okay, does this seem to be an accurate portryal of Romney's stated intentions to you?
I confess that I have pretty much given up on anything good coming from either Obama or Romney...

I did find this, which seems accurate as well as interesting:

http://www.app.com/article/20121023/NJNEWS11/...

Romney's positions on Medicare
• Reform Medicare to create a premium support system that allows beneficiaries a stipend that can be used to purchase coverage. That coverage would come from either a private provider or the traditional government Medicare program.
• Seniors who choose plans more expensive than traditional Medicare would have to pay the difference out of pocket. If they choose a less expensive plan, they can use the leftover amount on other medical expenses such as copays.
• Medicare would be means-tested, with lower-income seniors receiving more generous support than wealthier seniors. This would ensure that those with fewer resources have access to care as good as that provided in the current Medicare system.
• Competition would provide quality service while driving down costs. A market-oriented system would force providers, including the government, to find more efficient ways to provide better care for beneficiaries.

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