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3x as much spent on “War on Poverty” than all US wars combined August 15, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, catachesis, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.

This is pretty interesting.  And it dates from 2010, I’m sure the imbalance is even worse now.

According to a study performed by the Congressional Research Service – the best of all the Congressional accountability organizations, by far, and the least politicized – the United States government spent $20 trillion between 1965 and 2010 on the “War on Poverty” – socialistic wealth transfer payments, subsidies, etc.  Far, far less has been spent on all the real wars this nation has ever fought:

“Since the beginning of the War on Poverty, government has spent $19.8 trillion (in inflation-adjusted 2011 dollars) on means-tested welfare. [NOTE: This does not include Social Security, or Medicare, nor disability.  Just direct payments to non-elderly individuals capable of work.  That works out to $444 billion each year, in FY2011 dollars, for each of the 45 years.] In comparison, the cost of all military wars in U.S. history from the Revolutionary War through the current war in Afghanistan has been $6.98 trillion (in inflation-adjusted 2011 dollars).* The War on Poverty has cost three times as much as all other wars combined.”

I have said it before and I will say it again, the entire defense apparatus, DoD, the services, everything, could be shut down and this nation would still run a multi-hundred billion dollar a year budget deficit.  Actual combat is expensive, as is the defense establishment, but it is small potatoes compared to the ongoing and massive transfer of wealth from productive to non-productive sectors of the economy.

Of course some of that is necessary, and in some cases a charitable good.  But it is also a system that breeds abuse, corruption, vice, and multi-generational dependence.  Briefly reformed in the late 90s and early 2000s, the welfare estate is utterly out of control again under Obama.

Each year of the Iraq War, that “horribly expensive, unsustainable” war cost less than 1/3 as much as was spent on welfare in the same year.

Just a little perspective before your weekend.  Perhaps something to keep in mind as we consider a whole slew of issues.

You sure don’t hear those kinds of figures from the USCCB!


1. docmx001 - August 15, 2014

Reblogged this on non veni pacem and commented:
Poverty is so dang expensive.

2. Baseballmom - August 16, 2014

No surprise here….

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