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Obama Was First President to Spend More on Welfare Than Defense

by Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News:

Barack Obama was the first president of the United States to spend more on “means-tested entitlements”—AKA welfare—than on national defense, according to data published by his own Office of Management and Budget.

Historical tables that the OMB posted on the Obama White House website, include annual totals for both “national defense” spending and “means-tested entitlement” spending going back to fiscal 1962–which is three years before President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating the Medicaid program, a means-tested entitlement that together with the Children’s Health Insurance Program enrolled 74,407,191 beneficiaries as of November 2016.

In every year from fiscal 1962 through fiscal 2014, total national defense spending exceeded means-tested entitlement spending.

In fiscal year 1962, for example, the federal government spent more than twelve times as much money on national defense ($52,345,000,000) as it did on means-test entitlements ($4,300,000,000).

However, national defense spending peaked in 2011, when it hit $705,554,000,000. By contrast, means-tested entitlement spending has increased each year since 2012.

Finally, in fiscal 2015, it exceeded national defense spending for the first time.

In fiscal 2014, according to OMB Historical Table 3.2, “total national defense” spending was $603,457,000,000. That same year, according to OMB Historical Table 8.1, “means-tested entitlement” spending was $601,700,000,000.

But in fiscal 2015, total national defense spending declined to $589,965,000,000 while means-tested entitlement spending climbed to $666,900,000,000. Thus, fiscal 2015 became the first year that means-tested entitlement spending—welfare spending–exceeded national defense spending.

The fiscal 2016 numbers published in the OMB’s Historical Tables are estimates, but they show means-tested entitlements exceeding national defense spending $709,600,000,000 to $604,452,000,000.

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2 comments to Obama Was First President to Spend More on Welfare Than Defense

  • randy0302

    Ghetto is as Ghetto does

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Well, of course the changing “demographics” is what MUST sap ever increasing amounts of the federal “budget”…
    ….(mostly because more people are getting older, & retiring, starting to collect their Social Security, Medicare, as well as the increased numbers of people without jobs who are collecting food benefits)

    So it’s not any kind of surprise. We finally hit the point where things are starting to roll over.

    And the “defense” budget? As if we need to be flushing nearly a trillion bucks down that hole, and considering the Pentagram cannot account for several trillion dollars, yet they still expect more? And more than a thousand military bases in foreign lands? Ridiculous.

    How many foreign bases are setup inside the USA borders? Do we have a thousand Russian, Chinese and Saudi and Iranian naval, airforce and army bases inside the 50 states? Why not? It would bring a lot of money into local economies and enhance the “security” of the guest and host. (that’s what WE tell the world about OUR bases in Saudi, Cuba, Japan, Germany, PR, Canada, Guam, etc etc.)

    Clearly, the USA can reduce the military & intelligence budgets by 75% (especially since our “cold war enemy- the USSR” is gone.) We can reduce all foreign aid, nearly to zero, starting with Israel. They’re strong enough to stand on their own.

    How about closing all but about 3 or 5 of our foreign bases, saving all that money, and bringing ALL that hardware home and securing our own borders with it?

    And how about jailing “The Fed” and putting our own Treasury back in the business of COINING gold and silver money? Jon Corzine for jail, right next to Bernie Maddoff, Jamie Dimon, Llyod Blankfein, Rockefeller, Soros, Koch, Clintons, Obamas, Bushes, Condolezza, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Cheny, McCain, Feinstein, and many others.

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