Actually, that is way off. Are you including unemployment and Social Security? Welfare does NOT include unemployment benefits or Social Security since money, and lots of it, have been paid into the two programs by the recipients. These programs are called ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS. After paying into these programs my whole working life...ya damn right I'm entitled to them!<quoted text>
That's actually not too far off ... about 30% of Americans receive at least one form of welfare.
December 18, 2012
A Bipartisan Nation of Beneficiaries
No...no one should have to pass a drug test. Being poor is not a crime and therefore the state would need probable cause for searching people. Oh..we are getting real close to being unconstitutional. When someone gets cut off welfare it is the children that suffer since they are the largest recipients of the program.
I know..how about we stop giving the Pentagon money/welfare that they can't account for. Just that one thing would balance the budget.
Pentagon Unable to Account for Missing Iraqi Millions
Except it's TRILLIONS...
.."More money for the Pentagon, CBS News Correspondent Vince Gonzales reports, while its own auditors admit the military cannot account for 25 percent of what it spends.
"According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions," Rumsfeld admitted
Let's stop criminalizing and demonizing the poor...most of which are children and the elderly.
Just one more thing...
Who Else Doesnít Pay Taxes? Top 10 Corporate Deadbeats and Slackers
1) Exxon Mobil made $19 billion in profits in 2009. Exxon not only paid no federal income taxes, it actually received a $156 million rebate from the IRS, according to its SEC filings.
2) Bank of America received a $1.9 billion tax refund from the IRS last year, although it made $4.4 billion in profits and received a bailout from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department of nearly $1 trillion.
3) Over the past five years, while General Electric made $26 billion in profits in the United States, it received a $4.1 billion refund from the IRS.
4) Chevron received a $19 million refund from the IRS last year after it made $10 billion in profits in 2009.
5) Boeing, which received a $30 billion contract from the Pentagon to build 179 airborne tankers, got a $124 million refund from the IRS last year.
6) Valero Energy, the 25th largest company in America with $68 billion in sales last year received a $157 million tax refund check from the IRS and, over the past three years, it received a $134 million tax break from the oil and gas manufacturing tax deduction.
7) Goldman Sachs in 2008 only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department.
8) Citigroup last year made more than $4 billion in profits but paid no federal income taxes. It received a $2.5 trillion bailout from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury.
9) ConocoPhillips, the fifth largest oil company in the United States, made $16 billion in profits from 2007 through 2009, but received $451 million in tax breaks through the oil and gas manufacturing deduction.
10) Over the past five years, Carnival Cruise Lines made more than $11 billion in profits, but its federal income tax rate during those years was just 1.1 percent.
Yup... the poor, children, the elderly are the cause of ALL America's problems!