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    Guess How Much California Taxpayers are Paying in Welfare Benefits to Illegals this

    Guess How Much California Taxpayers are Paying in Welfare Benefits to Illegals this Year…

    November 18, 2014 By Greg Campbell

    Though California remains deeply in debt to the tune of $423 billion dollars, taxpayers in the Golden State are forking over a tremendous amount of money to illegal immigrants each year. This is happening as the Democrat governor maintains that California should remain a refuge for those who wish to come to this country illegally.

    According to CBS News, California is on pace to be paying out $650 million this year to illegals in welfare benefits.

    Using the sanitized term “undocumented” that mutes the inherent criminality of their actions, CBS Los Angeles reports:
    Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced the latest figures from the Department of Public Social Services, which showed more than $376 million in CalWORKs benefits and food stamps combined have been distributed through July to illegal alien parents for their native-born children.

    Approximately $54 million in welfare payments are issued each month, consisting of nearly $20 million in CalWORKs and $34 million in food stamp issuances, according to the data.

    An estimated 100,000 children of 60,000 undocumented parents receive aid in Los Angeles County, according to Antonovich, who said this year’s projections — up about $1 million from the nearly $53 million in total benefits issued in July 2012 — underscore the economic impact of the nation’s immigration debate.

    “When you add the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year,” Antonovich said in a statement. “These costs do not even include the hundreds of millions of dollars spent annually for education.”
    When Democrats (and soft, moderate Republicans) discuss this issue, they weave a narrative that hinges on some supposed humanitarian duty to open our borders to those who wish to come here illegally and the assertion that doing so will somehow strengthen our economy.

    In reality, illegal immigration is not only an abuse of our national sovereignty, but with so many receiving welfare assistance, it’s undeniable that illegal immigration hurts our economy on a state and national level.
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    Welfare is a FEDERAL PROGRAM.

    The federal government writes the rules as to who must be given welfare, food stamps, WIC, etc.

    The U.S. TAXPAYERS pay for Welfare.

    The federal government gives the welfare money to the states.

    The states give the money to the counties, along with the rules written by the feds about who must be given Welfare, etc.


    Social programs in the United States

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Social Security Administration, created in 1935, was the first major federal welfare agency and continues to be the most prominent.[1]

    Social programs in the United States are welfare subsidies designed to aid the needs of the U.S. population. Proposals for federal programs began with Theodore Roosevelt's New Nationalism and expanded withWoodrow Wilson's New Freedom, Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal,John F. Kennedy's New Frontier, and Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society.

    The programs vary in eligibility requirements and are provided by various organizations on a federal, state, local and private level. They help to provide food, shelter, education, healthcare and money to U.S. citizens through primary and secondary education, subsidies of college education, unemployment disability insurance, subsidies for eligible low-wage workers, subsidies for housing, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, pensions for eligible persons and health insuranceprograms that cover public employees. The Social Security system is the largest and most prominent social aid program.[1][2] Medicare is another prominent program.

    Not including Social Security and Medicare, Congress allocated almost $717 billion in Federal funds in 2010 plus $210 billion was allocated in state funds ($927 billion total) for means tested welfare programs in the United States—later (after 2010) expenditures are unknown but higher.[3] As of 2011, the public social spending-to-GDP ratio in the United States was below the OECD average.[4] Roughly half of this welfare assistance, or $462 billion went to families with children, most of which are headed by single parents. [5]

    Total Social Security and Medicare expenditures in 2013 were $1.3 trillion, 8.4% of the $16.3 trillion GNP (2013) and 37% of the total Federal expenditure budget of $3.684 trillion.[6][7]

    In addition to government expenditures private welfare spending in the United States is thought to be about 10% of the U.S. GDP or another $1.6 trillion.[8]

    Characteristics of Households by Quintile 2010[9]

    Household Income
    0-20% 21-40% 41-60% 61-80% 81-100%
    Earners Per Household 0.42 0.90 1.29 1.70 1.97
    Marital Status
    Married couples (%) 17.0 35.9 48.8 64.3 78.4
    Single Parents or Single (%) 83.0 64.1 51.2 35.7 21.6
    Ages of Householders
    Under 35 23.3 24 24.5 21.8 14.6
    36–64 years 43.6 46.6 55.4 64.3 74.7
    65 years + 33.1 29.4 20.1 13.9 10.7
    Work Status householders (%)
    Worked Full Time (%) 17.4 44.7 61.1 71.5 77.2
    Worked Part Time (%) 14.3 13.3 11.1 9.8 9.5
    Did Not Work (%) 68.2 42.1 27.8 17.7 13.3
    Education of Householders (%)
    Less than High School 26.7 16.6 8.8 5.4 2.2
    High School or some College 61.2 65.4 62.9 58.5 37.6
    Bachelor’s degree or Higher 12.1 18.0 28.3 36.1 60.3
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau
    Social programs have been implemented to promote a variety of societal goals, including alleviating the effects of poverty on those earning or receiving low income or encountering serious medical problems, and ensuring retired people have a basic standard of living.

    Unlike in Europe, Christian democratic and social democratic theories have not played a major role in shaping welfare policy in the United States.[10] Entitlement programs in the U.S. were virtually non-existent until the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the implementation of the New Deal programs in response to the Great Depression. Between 1932 and 1981, modern American liberalism dominated U.S. economic policy and the entitlements grew along with American middle class wealth.[11]

    Eligibility for welfare benefits depends on a variety of factors, including gross and net income, family size, pregnancy, homelessness, unemployment, and serious medical conditions like blindness, kidney failure or AIDS.

    Drug Testing for applicants[edit]

    The United States adopted the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act in 1996, which gave individual states the authority to drug test welfare recipients. Drug testing in order for potential recipients to receive welfare has become an increasingly controversial topic. Richard Hudson, a Republican from North Carolina claims he pushes for drug screening as a matter of "moral obligation" and that testing should be enforced as a way for the United States government to discourage drug usage.[12] Others claim that ordering the needy to drug test "stereotypes, stigmatizes, and criminalizes" them without need.[13] States that currently require drug tests to be performed in order to receive public assistance include Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah.[14]

    Demographics of TANF Recipients[edit]

    Further information: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

    A chart showing the overall decline of average monthly welfare benefits (AFDC then TANF) per recipient 1962–2006 (in 2006 dollars).[15]

    Some have argued that welfare has come to be associated with poverty. Martin Gilens, assistant professor of Political Science at Yale University, argues that blacks have overwhelmingly dominated images of poverty over the last few decades and states that "white Americans with the most exaggerated misunderstandings of the racial composition of the poor are the most likely to oppose welfare".[16][17]

    This perception possibly perpetuates negative racial stereotypes and could increase Americans’ opposition and racialization of welfare policies.[16]

    In FY 2010, African-American families comprised 31.9% of TANF families, white families comprised 31.8%, and 30.0% were Hispanic.[18] Since the implementation of TANF, the percentage of Hispanic families has increased, while the percentages of white and black families have decreased. In FY 1997, African-American families represented 37.3% of TANF recipient families, white families 34.5%, and Hispanic families 22.5%.[19] The population as a whole is composed of 63.7% whites, 16.3% Hispanic, 12.5% African-American, 4.8% Asian and 2.9% other races.[20] TANF programs at a cost of about $20.0 billion (2013) have decreased in use as Earned Income Tax Credits, Medicaid grants,Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), child nutrition programs (CHIP), housing assistance, Feeding Programs (WIC & CSFP), along with about 70 more programs, have increased to over $700 billion more in 2013.[21]


    In 2002, total U.S. social welfare expenditure constitutes over 35% of GDP, with purely public expenditure constituting 21%, publicly supported but privately provided welfare services constituting 10% of GDP and purely private services constituting 4% of GDP. This compared to the "welfare" states of France and Sweden where welfare spending ranges from 30% to 35% of GDP.[22][23]

    The Great Recession made a large impact on welfare spending. In a 2011 article, Forbes reported, "The best estimate of the cost of the 185 federal means tested welfare programs for 2010 for the federal government alone is $717 billion, up a third since 2008, according to the Heritage Foundation. Counting state spending of about $210 billion, total welfare spending for 2010 reached over $920 billion, up nearly one-fourth since 2008 (24.3%)"—and increasing fast.[24] The previous decade had seen a 60% decrease in the number of people receiving welfare benefits,[25] beginning with the passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, but spending did not decrease proportionally during that time period.

    Impact of social programs[edit]

    Average Incomes and Taxes
    CBO Study 2009*[26]

    by Income
    Transfers 2
    Income +
    Avg Federal
    Tax rate %3
    Taxes $4
    % Federal
    Taxes Pd. 5
    #W6 % Net
    0-20% 7,600 22,900 30,500 1.0 200 0.3 0.42 6.2
    21-40% 30,100 14,800 45,000 6.8 2,900 3.8 0.90 11.1
    41-60% 54,200 10,400 64,600 11.1 7,200 9.4 1.29 15.8
    61-80% 86,400 7,100 93,500 15.1 14,100 18.3 1.70 21.6
    80-100% 218,800 6,000 224,800 23.2 51,900 67.9 1.97 47.2
    Source: Congressional Budget Office Study[26]
    1. Market Income = All wages, tips, incomes etc. as listed on Income tax form
    2. Federal Transfers = all EITC, CTC, medicaid, food stamps (SNAP), Social Security, SSI etc. received
    3. Average tax rate includes all Social Security, Medicare, income, business income, excise, etc. taxes.
    4. Net Federal taxes paid in dollars
    5. Percent of all federal taxes paid
    6. #W = Average number of workers per household in this quintile
    7. % Net Income = percentage of all national income each quintile receives after taxes and transfers.
    According to the Congressional Budget Office, social programs significantly raise the standard of living for low-income Americans, particularly the elderly. The poorest 20% of American households earn a before-tax average of only $7,600 - less than half of the federal poverty line. Social programs increase those households' before-tax income to $30,500. Social Security and Medicare are responsible for two-thirds of that increase.[26]


    Public Health nursing made available through child welfare services, 1935.

    Federal Social Welfare programs[edit]

    Colonial legislatures and later State governments adopted legislation patterned after the English "poor" laws. Aid to veterans, often free grants of land, and pensions for widows and handicapped veterans, have been offered in all U.S. wars. Following World War I, provisions were made for a full-scale system of hospital and medical care benefits for veterans. By 1929, workers’ compensation laws were in effect in all but four States. These state laws made industry and businesses responsible for the costs of compensating workers or their survivors when the worker was injured or killed in connection with his or her job. Retirement programs for mainly State and local government paid teachers, police officers, and fire fighters—date back to the 19th century. All these social programs were far from universal and varied considerably from one state to another.

    Prior to the Great Depression the United States had social programs that mostly centered around individual efforts, family efforts, church charities, business workers compensation, life insurance and sick leave programs along with some state tax supported social programs. The misery and poverty of the great depression threatened to overwhelm all these programs. The severe Depression of the 1930s made Federal action almost a necessity, as neither the States and the local communities, businesses and industries, nor private charities had the financial resources to cope with the growing need among the American people. Beginning in 1932, the Federal Government first made loans, then grants, to States to pay for direct relief and work relief. After that, special Federal emergency relief like the Civilian Conservation Corps and other public works programs were started. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration proposed to Congress federal social relief programs and a federally sponsored retirement program. Congress followed by the passage of the 37 page Social Security Act, signed into law August 14, 1935 and "effective" by 1939—just as World War II began. This program was expanded several times over the years.

    War on Poverty and Great Society programs (1960s)[edit]

    Further information: War on Poverty and Great Society
    Virtually all food stamp costs are paid by the federal government.[27]

    In 2008, 28.7 percent of the households headed by single women were considered poor.[28]

    Welfare reform (1990s)[edit]

    Before the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, welfare assistance was "once considered an open-ended right," but welfare reform converted it "into a finite program built to provide short-term cash assistance and steer people quickly into jobs."[29] Prior to reform, states were given "limitless"[29] money by the federal government, increasing per family on welfare, under the 60-year-old Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program.[30] This gave states no incentive to direct welfare funds to the neediest recipients or to encourage individuals to go off welfare benefits (the state lost federal money when someone left the system).[31] Nationwide, one child in seven received AFDC funds,[30] which mostly went to single mothers.[27]

    In 1996, under the Bill Clinton administration, Congress passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which gave more control of the welfare system to the states though there are basic requirements the states need to meet with regards to welfare services. Still, most states offer basic assistance, such as health care, food assistance, child care assistance, unemployment, cash aid, and housing assistance. After reforms, which President Clinton said would "end welfare as we know it,"[27] amounts from the federal government were given out in a flat rate per state based onpopulation.[31]

    Each state must meet certain criteria to ensure recipients are being encouraged to work themselves out of welfare. The new program is called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).[30] It encourages states to require some sort of employment search in exchange for providing funds to individuals, and imposes a five-year lifetime limit on cash assistance.[25][27][30] The bill restricts welfare from most legal immigrants and increased financial assistance for child care.[25] The federal government also maintains an emergency $2 billion TANF fund to assist states that may have rising unemployment.[30]

    President Bill Clinton signing welfare reform legislation.

    Following these changes, millions of people left the welfare rolls (a 60% drop overall),[25] employment rose, and the child poverty rate was reduced.[27] A 2007 Congressional Budget Office study found that incomes in affected families rose by 35%.[25] The reforms were "widely applauded"[32] after "bitter protest."[27] The Times called the reform "one of the few undisputed triumphs of American government in the past 20 years."[33]

    Critics of the reforms sometimes point out that the massive decrease of people on the welfare rolls during the 1990s wasn't due to a rise in actual gainful employment in this population, but rather, was due almost exclusively to their offloading into workfare, giving them a different classification than classic welfare recipient. The late 1990s were also considered an unusually strong economic time, and critics voiced their concern about what would happen in an economic downturn.[27]

    National Review
    editorialized that the Economic Stimulus Act of 2009 will reverse the welfare-to-work provisions that Bill Clinton signed in the 1990s, and will again base federal grants to states on the number of people signed up for welfare rather than at a flat rate.[31] One of the experts who worked on the 1996 bill said that the provisions would lead to the largest one-year increase in welfare spending in American history.[33] The House bill provides $4 billion to pay 80% of states' welfare caseloads.[30]Although each state received $16.5 billion annually from the federal government as welfare rolls dropped, they spent the rest of the block grant on other types of assistance rather than saving it for worse economic times.[29]

    Spending on largest Welfare Programs
    Federal Spending 2003-2013*[34]

    Medicaid Grants to States $201,389 $266,565
    Food Stamps (SNAP) 61,717 82,603
    Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) 40,027 55,123
    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 38,315 50,544
    Housing assistance 37,205 49,739
    Child Nutrition Program (CHIP) 13,558 20,842
    Support Payments to States, TANF 28,980 20,842
    Feeding Programs (WIC & CSFP) 5,695 6,671
    Low Income Home Energy Assistance 2,542 3,704
    * Spending in millions of dollars

    The following is a short timeline of welfare in the United States:[35]
    1880s–1890s: Attempts were made to move poor people from work yards to poor houses if they were in search of relief funds.

    1893–1894: Attempts were made at the first unemployment payments, but were unsuccessful due to the 1893–1894recession.

    1932: The Great Depression had gotten worse and the first attempts to fund relief failed. The "Emergency Relief Act", which gave local governments $300 million, was passed into law.

    1933: In March 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed Congress to establish the Civilian Conservation Corps.

    1935: The Social Security Act was passed on June 17, 1935. The bill included direct relief (cash, food stamps, etc.) and changes for unemployment insurance.

    1940: Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC) was established.

    1964: Johnson’s War on Poverty is underway, and the Economic Opportunity Act was passed. Commonly known as "the Great Society"

    1996: Passed under Clinton, the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996" becomes law.

    2013: Affordable Care Act goes into effect with large increases in Medicaid and subsidized medical insurance premiums go into effect.


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