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Why do we waste $500 billion a year on welfare?

http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/fed_spending_2...

13% of the federal budget is welfare.

The military is a legitimate function of the federal government according to the constitution. Welfare is not.

That is all forms of welfare.

Welfare is giving money to people who aren't earning it. And it is out of control because it has no accountability and it enable people to keep doing it.

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  • 8 years ago
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    I suspect your evaluation of "waste" would change if you were the one who needed the welfare.

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  • BeBe
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    8 years ago

    Thirteen percent isn't that much for a rich country. Decrease the military budget. The majority of the American People do not support the Iraq or Afghanistan war. Too many innocents are lost on both sides. Welfare is a hand up to American citizens.

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  • 8 years ago

    Do you ever even think about what would happen without welfare? You think prisons, orphanages and foster care would be cheaper? ROFL.

    How much do you think food would cost if food stamps were not subsidizing grocery stores (roughly 25% of grocery profits come from food stamps)

    Try for just once to live in reality and think beyond step 1.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Invading other countries is not a legitimate function. Even if the constitution said it was, I really don't give a sh1t what slaveholders who killed native Americans said about foreign policy 300 years ago.

    We spend too much on military just to make corporations richer. If we cut a fraction of our spending, we'd solve the deficit problem everyone goes apeshit about.

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  • 8 years ago

    Welfare for the poor doesn't even account for 1/3 of how much we give away to large corporations and the super rich. Welfare for the poor is a safety net so we don't have more homeless families, thus less crime from people trying to steal to just get by. This is basically an investment in our communites to keep things going. Welfare for huge multinational corporations and Tax Breaks for the Rich are the real problems and are unneccessary.

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  • 8 years ago

    Our military budget is greater than the sum of the next seventeen nations put together. This excess in military strength just enables weak minded leaders to enact their fears or fantasies of gloriously conquering other nations to take their wealth. It serves no useful purpose and makes us one of the most murdering countries in the history of the world

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    If you want to lose the reputation of Americans being concerned citizens, that is your prerogative.

    As far as I am concerned, there are people who legitimately need a hand, in this life. If they can't depend on the government, there is no one that they can depend on. Is that the America you want? It sure doesn't sound like the America of good, hard-working, middle Americans.

    Source(s): paleoconservative Christian
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  • 8 years ago

    What about corporate welfare. Comes to more than 500 billion.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Your constitution needs rewritten, and the argument you've presented lies on the faulty premise of the appeal to tradition fallacy.

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  • Ingrid
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    As long as we give tremendous tax breaks and tax loopholes to Corporations and the very Rich, I have no problem with poor Folks getting a little help. And little it is.

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