Oct. 19, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today praised Sen. Jeff Sessions, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, who released findings showing that means-tested welfare spending topped $1 trillion in 2011 in 83 different programs at the federal and state level:
“Barack Obama is putting America on welfare. In the meantime, hopes for a real economic recovery fade as growth remains anemic and the nation stands on the precipice of another recession. This addiction to spending and government checks is weakening our nation, and breeding a cycle of government dependency not easily escaped from.
“Senator Sessions is to be praised for exposing this marked increase in government dependency, which has risen by almost 30 percent since Obama took office. All told, federal welfare spending has increased by $183 billion, including a $73.5 billion increase in Medicaid spending, a $41.7 billion rise in food stamps, and a $28.9 billion increase in the making work pay and earned income tax credits.
“The best social program is a job. No success can be measured when more Americans than ever are becoming enrolled in these welfare programs, including an increase from 31 million to 46.3 million on food stamps alone. Obama will be remembered not for putting America back to work, but for putting it on the dole. This administration has failed by every conceivable measure.”
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