Welfare Queens

It may or may not surprise you to know that the US Government only spends five percent of the federal budget on welfare programs for the poor, about $196 billion a year. Kevin Drum has the figures and writes “I’ll bet most people think we spend a lot more than 5 percent of the federal budget on this stuff.”.

Meanwhile, the base military budget for 2012 is to be $553 billion and corporate welfare queens get billions more in giveaways.

Go figure.

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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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