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August 5, 2014

58% of Budget ($2 Trillion) Went Towards Benefit Programs

More than $7 trillion has now been added to the federal deficit under Barack Obama’s watch, and it’s not rocket science figuring out where most of that money goes. CNSNews reports that means-tested and non-means tested government programs provided $2 trillion to Americans in fiscal year 2013. “Most of the benefits doled out from the total of $2 trillion, or 69.7 percent, came from non-means tested government programs that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, provide benefits to recipients who qualify regardless of income,” they found. “Means-tested government programs, which require income to be below a certain level to be eligible for receipt, contributed to 30.3 percent of the total amount in benefits.” How does this compare to the total budget? “[T]he federal government totaled $3,454,253,000,000 in outlays for fiscal year 2013,” CNSNews continues. “This means that benefits, totaling $2,007,611,200,000, amounted to 58.1 percent of the total spending.” Meanwhile, military budget cuts have prompted layoffs at the front lines. What a despicable example of priorities. More…

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