On Friday, July 13 (!), at a campaign rally in Roanoke, Virginia — the one where more than 20 people fainted — the POS in the White House gave a “class warfare” speech, decrying the selfishness of “the top 2%” in America and called for increasing their taxes because “they didn’t get there on their own.” The POS said:
“Now, understand, the top 2 percent…most benefited over the last decade from not only tax breaks, but also a lot of the money from increased profits and productivity went up to that top 2 percent. So the bottom line is, the top 2 percent doesn’t need help. They’re doing just fine.
…if we spend a trillion dollars on tax cuts for them, we’re going to have to find that trillion dollars someplace else. That means we’re going to have to maybe make student loans more expensive for students. Or we might have to cut back on the services we’re providing our brave veterans when they come home…. Or we might have to stop investing in basic science and research that keeps us as a leading-edge economy….
Now, this is just a small example of the difference between myself and Mr. Romney, between myself and some of the Republicans who are running Congress… I went to Washington to fight for the middle class. (Applause.) I went to Washington to fight for working people….
…if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own… If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. “
In other words, the POS was implying that “the rich,” privately-owned businesses, and “successful” Americans refuse to pay “their fair share” of taxes even though they “didn’t get there on their own” but got “there” due to government and all the public works that government has provided — education, infrastructure of roads and bridges, R&D, the Internet.
Zombie of PJ Media wrote a rebuttal in which he presented the pie-chart below of actual federal government spending in FY 2010.
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Below is a list of all federal government expenditures, with Obama’s “you-didn’t-do-it-alone public benefit” programs highlighted in pink, which altogether account for 24.19% of total expenditures:
Social Security 19.63%
Department of Defense 18.74%
Unemployment/welfare/other mandatory spending 16.13%
Medicaid and SCHIP 8.19%
Interest on the national debt 4.63%
Health and Human Services 2.22%
Department of Transportation 2.05%
Department of Veteran’s Affairs 1.48%
Department of State 1.46%
Department of Housing and Urban Development 1.34%
Department of Education 1.32%
Other on-budget discretionary spending (1.8%): $149.67
Other off-budget discretionary spending (1.3%): $108.10
Department of Homeland Security 1.21%
Department of Energy 0.74%
Department of Agriculture 0.73%
Department of Justice 0.67%
Department of Commerce 0.39%
Department of Labor 0.38%
Department of Treasury 0.38%
Department of the Interior 0.34%
Social Security Administration 0.27%
National Science Foundation 0.20%
Corps of Engineers 0.14%
National Infrastructure Bank 0.14%
Corporation for National and Community Service 0.03%
Small Business Administration 0.02%
General Services Administration 0.02%
Other agencies 0.56%
Other off-budget discretionary spending 2.97%
What struck me about the pie-chart is how much federal government spending goes to entitlements — Social Security, unemployment, welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program). I’ve colored entitlement spending in dark red in the list above. Altogether, entitlements account for 56.74% of total federal government spending.
- Unsustainable! 51% of Americans pay no federal income taxes
- Most of Obamacare’s 21 new taxes will fall on the middle class
- Social Security Disability will run out of money in 4 years, by 2016
- Half of U.S. households are recipients of government benefits
H/t FOTM’s beloved Hardnox