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sweeteviljesus 08-09-2012 04:33 PM

What counts as welfare?
I was looking at this article on about how welfare reform has slashed money paid to recipients in half and I was struck by this:


To be sure, TANF isn't the only government aid that low-income Americans receive. There are 69 federal programs that provide help in areas ranging from housing to social services to education to poor Americans, according to the Heritage Foundation. The federal government will spend about $695 billion on this assistance in fiscal 2011.
What programs actually count as welfare?


Ludovic 08-09-2012 04:50 PM

You'd pretty much have to count Medicaid to get to that number because $700 billion dollars is almost the entire federal budget spent on non-interest, non-military, non-old-people related programs. cite.

Blackberry 08-09-2012 11:14 PM

Some people count anything you get from the government that has income and/or asset limits. So the obvious ones and then also things like Head Start, free/reduced school lunch, EITC (which is a big one, and one that a lot of people who rail against "welfare" get, so that's fun), discounts on phone service for the low income, needs-based financial aid for college, etc, etc, etc.

Qin Shi Huangdi 08-09-2012 11:15 PM

I'd say it includes all selective tax breaks.

DrDeth 08-10-2012 01:05 AM

There hasn't been welfare in the USA since Clinton signed the Welfare reform act of 1996.

It's a Teaparty bugaboo.

waterj2 08-10-2012 01:35 AM

Welfare is any government spending that goes to those people.

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