Today, radio host Rush Limbaugh commented on a new Congressional Research Service report that stated the Federal government spent $1.03 trillion on “83 means-tested federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011 alone” by saying, “The amount of money being spent in this country on welfare is obscene” and that it is “ultimately not humane.”
“One trillion dollars. It’s $1.03 [trillion], I’m just gonna round it off to one trillion - does not include Social Security, or Medicare, and ladies and gentlemen; it does not include any welfare from the states.
“The amount of money being spent in this country, Federal and state, on welfare, is obscene. And it is destructive. It is ultimately not humane. It is ultimately not helping. By definition it isn’t helping.
“All that money is not reducing the poverty rolls. All that money is not reducing the welfare rolls. All that money is not teaching people to be productive.
“All that money - we’re supposedly a compassionate country - we are not helping people realize their dreams - we are suppressing them. We are not helping people to realize their potential, we are suppressing it. We are not - we are not being compassionate with this.”