Hi Education Voter!
I really enjoyed your post, and decided to check out your source link, because although it's nice to have a source I was having trouble with some of that facts and stats being thrown around. So when I checked your source's source, I found that the sources used for the paper above those facts where either entirely Nebraska related, or one with a broken link, so I wasn't able to verify the sources. Here, however is what I found.
First, while I highly commend you for using a source (and I'm being serious, it's amazing the people who don't), 1993 was 20 years ago, comparing stats to 20 years before that. That's a span of two to four decades old.
--Fact: Less than 1% of all federal spending was used for the welfare programs, a total of 12.2 billion in 1993, which was before the 1996 welfare reform reductions.--
I pulled up the US Federal Budget Spending, and found that in 1993, spending categorized as welfare actually accounted for $136.5B of $1,515.3B, which equates to 9%, not less than 1%.
Considering I can't seem to find data to validate your source's fact, I'm wary of the other facts listed below the paper that don't contain sources. I'm not saying their wrong. I'm saying they need a way to be validated or I can't hold them as fact.
My source is http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/f...
Who also pull their data from gpo.gov
From more recent data, you can see that spending on welfare has not quite doubled from 2006 to 2011 (which credit given that it did actually decrease from 2010 to 2011) in response to the economic crisis; what I'm interested in watching is whether or not it will continue to return to pre-crisis levels.
February 15, 2013 at 8:56 p.m.
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