Welfare spending in 2011 topped $1.03 trillion. That’s $1,030,000,000,000.
To put it another way, divide that astronomical amount by the number of people in the US (Google says it’s 311,591,917 as of this writing), and you get $3,305 per American.
If you think 108 million Americans are very much interested in keeping their handouts coming strong, that’s $9,537 for each and every one of them in 2011.
Just to be clear, this number does NOT include any of the following budget items:
- Social Security (adds another $725 billion)
- Medicare (adds another $480 billion)
- health care for veterans without service-connected disabilities
- veterans pension programs
Update: 47% is those who pay no income tax, not those who receive welfare. Welfare recipients were around 108 million in 2011. Edited article to reflect.