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Wasteful Programs that Make You Want To Pull Your Hair Out

DanB_Tiffin Wrote: Apr 20, 2013 11:17 AM
Cato Policy Analysis 694 April 11, 2012 The American Welfare State How We Spend Nearly $1 Trillion a Year Fighting Poverty—and Fail Federal and total welfare spending is going up faster than the poverty rate is going up. Why is that? The federal government alone currently funds and operates 126 different welfare or anti-poverty programs. Indeed, federal welfare spending alone totals more than $14,848 for every poor man, woman, and child in this country. For a typical poor family of three, that amounts to more than $44,500. Combined with state and local spending, government spends $20,610 for every poor person in America, or $61,830 per poor family of three...

This week we finally reached Tax Freedom Day - the day after which American workers begin to make money for themselves and their families instead of the government. While no one begrudges making a reasonable contribution for necessary services, how many of us are confident that our wages earned over the past 108 days are being spent carefully and wisely by the federal government in Washington, D.C?

So while we all listen to politicians and government employee unions still bemoaning the modest cuts imposed by the Sequester, let's scroll through the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) annual report highlighting just some of...