Originally Posted by SafetyBlitz
And what percentage of the budget is the entire care for the poor, social welfare state, about 10% of the budget?
Total annual spending on federal means-tested welfare programs has hit $1 trillion.
Ranking Member Sessions and the minority staff of the Senate Budget Committee requested from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) an overview of cumulative means-tested federal welfare spending in the United States in the most recent year for which data is available (fiscal year 2011). The results are staggering. CRS identified 83 overlapping federal welfare programs that together represented the single largest budget item in 2011ómore than the nation spends on Social Security, Medicare, or national defense. The total amount spent on these 80-plus federal welfare programs amounts to roughly $1.03 trillion. Importantly, these figures solely refer to means-tested welfare benefits. They exclude entitlement programs to which people contribute (e.g., Social Security and Medicare).
The exclusively federal share of spending on these federal programs is up 32 percent since 2008, and now comprises 21 percent
of federal outlays (this share too is more than Social Security, Medicare, or defense).