Entitlements make up over half of federal govt spending

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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%
Medicare 12.79%
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%
NASA 0.53%
Department of Commerce 0.39%
Department of Labor 0.38%
Department of Treasury 0.38%
Department of the Interior 0.34%
EPA 0.30%
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.

We’re screwed.

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0 responses to “Entitlements make up over half of federal govt spending

  1. What I saw the other day indicated that 51% are either
    working for or subsidized by the government . 🙁
    Wait until they seize/appropriate the 401K’s .
    Only in America…land of opportunists.

  2. From Wikipedia:
    An entitlement is a guarantee of access to benefits based on established rights or by legislation…. In a casual sense, the term “entitlement” refers to a notion or belief that one (or oneself) is deserving of some particular reward or benefit — if given without deeper legal or principled cause, the term is often given with pejorative connotation (e.g. a “sense of entitlement”).”
    In my post, I used the word “entitlements,” I did not use the term “sense of entitlement.”
    As for your Social Security (SS) entitlement, all your outrage won’t mean a thing when even the on-paper “trust fund” goes broke. In 5 years, by 2017, one year after the SS Disability program runs out of money, the main Social Security program itself will be in trouble, paying out more in benefits than it takes in. Means-testing will be installed, if not sooner, followed by reduction in the amount of SS checks.

    • Thanks for the clarification, GF. I feel for you — and for all of us who are receiving and expect to receive Social Security. But numbers don’t lie. If we think the last 3 years of the “recession” are bad, even worse is heading our way. Prepare now!

  3. Unsustainable…

  4. ‘Won’t matter when they pay us in deflated fiat dollars…
    I’ll take mine in constitutional silver dollars,thankyou. 🙂

  5. The only way to save the economy now is to destroy the men of the New World Order and wipe them out. 
    The only thing the American people can look forward to now is complete utter poverty over time as we pay one million dollars per minute on the debt to the Rothchilds and the Rockefellers at the Federal Reserve. The only way to save the economy now is to destroy the men of the New World Order and wipe them out. 

    • edward oleander

      Could you be a little more specific on who should be the first up against the wall when the Revolution comes?
      There are no quick fixes. None. You significantly cut federal spending… instant Depression. You let the deficit grow… not-so-instant-but-longer-lasting Depression.
      A good first step would be to tighten the regulatory lapses that have allowed us to feed China and India’s voracious economies. Both Bush and Obama created millions of jobs… overseas. Until that leak is plugged, the vast bulk of the American public better watch the Discovery Channel to get an idea what life will be like as our standard of living falls to that of an Indian villager.

  6. We’re screwed.
    And then some.

  7. edward oleander

    Eowyn, I think the President was right… No one lives in a vacuum. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates wouldn’t have made billions in Zambia… Besides, most living billionaires inherited their fortunes, they didn’t work hard and sweat buckets to get there. They can afford to give back something to the nation that made them rich.
    If you look at the stats, most people living in the $100+ Million Club got their money, in large part, by having access to money, education, and a network of other rich people that folks like you or me NEVER will have. They got the silver spoon. If you trace that silver spoon back, you can often find where those fortunes were made by gaming the system, or off the backs of dirt poor workers. Again, it isn’t wholly unreasonable to expect these few to give something back.
    When you talk about a “Sense of entitlement” I see a slightly different take. I feel “entitled” to expect that the person I pay to manage my retirement savings will actually work to grow my money. What I got the past several years was someone who knowingly worked AGAINST me, because they could game the system to their own advantage. I’m talking about the upper players in the financial industry in general, not the local stockbroker making the best trades he can for me.
    I feel “entitled” to having a Congress that worked to preserve the money we have put into SS over the years. Like Fogey, it upsets me that SS is now so “invested” in the Treasury that it will fall and die when the dollar utterly collapses, as I agree that it will.
    Since coming here, I’ve been boning up on my economics (my first college major 30 year ago). I see no way out. We ARE screwed, and i don’t think anything will stop it now. Hopefully we can stave it off until after my wife and i are dead. That’s all i can ask.
    The only possibility that I see is to levy immense taxes on the rich. They’re sitting on $4 Trillion in liquid assets right now, and even that may not be enough to restart the economy with long-term stability. SOMEBODY has to take the hit, and there just isn’t enough money going to the poor to make it worth it. We can screw 99% of the country, including kids, vets, and the elderly, or we can screw 1% of the country, who will, in the long run, survive a few zeroes getting knocked off their fortunes. We can’t do it by cutting alone, and we have to be careful not to cut too much at one time. The feds don’t burn the money we send them, they spend it back into the economy. Cutting enough to make a difference could cause the Depression that we all see coming (anyway???)…
    Does anyone have a nice cabin we can all fort up in when the shitte hits the fan? I know a guy who buried a schoolbus in northern MN back in the ’80s just for that… Maybe he’ll let us in…

    • Scratch a liberal and the Marxist “eat the rich” communist emerges.
      Who do you think create jobs in America? Not govt jobs, but private-sector jobs.
      Answer: “The rich”
      How do you think govt “create” jobs — public-sector, i.e., govt jobs?
      Answer: From taxes, from “the rich”, ’cause the poor sure aren’t paying taxes. In fact 51% of Americans don’t pay any federal income taxes.
      Making the rich pay more to increase the debt ceiling won’t control Washington’s spending problem, but it will translate into fewer jobs, lower wages, and diminished opportunities for all.
      Besides, even if Obama succeeds in taxing stealing the “$4 trillion in liquid assets” from “the rich,” that’s a drop in the bucket of America’s $16 trillion national debt. And once you’ve eaten the rich, then what?
      Letting you comment on FOTM is merely giving a liberal yet another forum. You on the Left have plenty enough of that already. Fini!

    • Suggest you read Atlas Shrugged.
      Taxing the rich always works. Except when you spend more than the rich have.

    • edward oleander

      This is my last post on FOTM. I have enjoyed the discussions and been thoroughly surprised at how I’ve learned about myself. Dr. Eowyn and I have differences that are irreconcilable. It isn’t a matter of right or wrong, but this IS her blog. It is only polite that I now bow out and wish you all peace and prosperity in the future. Take care.
      [The rest of edward oleander’s comment was deleted because FOTM is not a forum for his left-wing socialist propaganda, which you can all find ad nauseum in other media and forums. ~Dr. Eowyn, owner of FOTM]

      • Edward Nims,
        Given the fact that, AFTER YOU’VE READ all the many many posts on FOTM revealing the lies, deception, corruption, and sheer incompetence of the man who calls himself Barack Obama, and yet you still support him and will vote to reelect him for 4 more years, indeed our differences are irreconcilable. And it’s not just the differences between you and me which are irreconcilable, it’s the differences in beliefs, values and worldviews between liberals socialists and outright communists vs. Conservatives who look to the Founding Fathers and revere the Constitution.
        I had said that in a blog I wrote back in September 2009 — that Left and Right are irreconcilable. You once said you didn’t agree with my conclusion. Sure looks like you do now.
        You on the Left have systematically and tirelessly subverted and co-opted just about every institution in America — from education to the media to pop culture. The Left had known all along and much earlier than I and other conservatives realized, that our differences are irreconcilable. While conservatives may be late to that realization, like the Ents in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, when aroused to battle, we are formidable opponents and will fight — to our deaths.
        See you in the polling booth and in the larger battle arena beyond. We will defeat you. Count on it.
        “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5

  8. As far as I am concerned Social Security is NOT an entitlement! It is something that I have worked for and earned. I put money into that ‘retirement fund’ every paycheck for something that I will never see when/if I ever get to retire.


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