Obama’s America: $3.7 Trillion Spent On Welfare In 5 Years

A new study by Senate Republicans found that the United States has spent a whopping $3.7 trillion on welfare in the past five years. Too bad so many Senate Republicans just go along with whatever Harry Reid and Barack Obama want.

Anyway, here’s the graphic they released showing welfare spending vs. education, transportation and NASA.

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The Weekly Standard has more from the report:

“We have just concluded the 5th fiscal year since President Obama took office. During those five years, the federal government has spent a total $3.7 trillion on approximately 80 different means-tested poverty and welfare programs. The common feature of means-tested assistance programs is that they are graduated based on a person’s income and, in contrast to programs like Social Security or Medicare, they are a free benefit and not paid into by the recipient,” says the minority side of the Senate Budget Committee.

“The enormous sum spent on means-tested assistance is nearly five times greater than the combined amount spent on NASA, education, and all federal transportation projects over that time. ($3.7 trillion is not even the entire amount spent on federal poverty support, as states contribute more than $200 billion each year to this federal nexus—primarily in the form of free low-income health care.)

Read the whole thing. How long can we keep this up? Yet any talk of cutting these programs is met with howls from the left.