Unformatted text preview: taxpayers’ expense. Others want to avoid the administrative and transportation hassles involved in obtaining welfare. 5. Public assistance to the poor creates an enormous burden on taxpayers- Public assistance to the poor is a small part of government spending. In the 1999 federal budget, 6 percent was allocated to Medicaid and another 6 percent was allocated to other assistance to the poor. Meanwhile, 15 percent of the budget was allocated for national defense and another 23 percent was allocated for Social Security. Moreover, the estimated cost of tax breaks to corporations and wealthy individuals in 1996 was $440 billion, more than 17 times combined state and federal spending on AFDC. Despite the public perception that welfare benefits are too generous, assistance for the poor does not meet the basic needs for many individuals and families who receive such benefits....
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- Fall '10
- 3 years, welfare fraud, 1 year, 5 years, $440 billion