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More Welfare Bucks Show Obama’s Failure

Scott1488 Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 11:53 AM
The "nearly 110 million" number often quoted adds the 54 million now on Medicaid and the 45 million now on SNAP. This presupposes that the recipients of each are mutually exclusive, which I am practically certain is not true. I think we should get our numbers dialed in instead of just repeating the same (probably) incorrect information.
Scott1488 Wrote: Aug 29, 2012 12:17 PM
BTW - the IMPORTANT number is obviously the dollar amount spent on those "nearly 110 million" payments made to however many recipients. That doesn't change no matter how many people are receiving the payouts. THAT is the number that we should focus on decreasing (in the form of reducing the number of people who qualify for those programs by improving the country's economic outlook so that the recipients have opportunities to better their situations).
A version of this column appeared originally in THE DAILY BEAST

What does President Obama plan to do to slow or stop the explosive growth in the number of Americans who count on regular welfare checks from the federal government?

Does he consider the expansion of dependent households a positive achievement for his administration or a threat to the long-term vigor of the economy?

These distinctly uncomfortable questions pose a potent threat to an embattled administration already struggling to defend its record of economic management and to secure the president’s reelection. All answers...