Sunday, September 30, 2012


When I was a kid coming up in Baltimore the local legend was the welfare queens would drive up to get their checks .. It was nonsense then and the right wings tales are today... Are there  cheats , of course their are , is it possible that one person could draw 5 checks Yeah I guess so, but they would have to commit several felonies to do it.. Which indicates a lot of enforcement is inadequate.


The gist of that report are this:

Total number of American’s on welfare 15,000,000
Percent of the US population on welfare 4.1 %
Total government spending on welfare annually (not including food stamps or unemployment) $131.9 billion
Percent of recipients who are white 38.8 %
Percent of recipients who are black 39.8 %
Percent of recipients who are hispanic 15.7 %
Percent of recipients who are Asian 2.4 %
Percent of recipients who are Other 3.3 %

Yep a whopping 4%

2009 stats say that out of all the welfare cases there were 129000 cases of fraud reported.. Of that only 1486 lead to prosecution.  Hardly an epidemic.
Total monies involved $2.9 billion  of which 900 million was recovered leaving a total cost to taxpayers about 2 billion..
Percent of fraud  .0086%

So keep on talking about welfare cheats it plays well for your side, but it is another fallacy like Iraq's weapons of mass destruction .


  1. yes most cases are not reported because of the
    fact they are not prosecuted---i suppose if you
    thought real hard you could come` up with a couple right here in whitmore .the different types of welfare i.e.disability fraud, goverment
    bailouts bridges to no where,solendra must be
    welfare cause there is no hope to recover any
    of these taxpayers dollars. good stats---are
    you saying in 2009 we only lost 2 billion to
    welfare fraud? how many poor could that help ?
    i dont care if it's 1 million where's the guy
    watching the pot?---photo i.d. might help---

  2. Jobs are what would help.. I din't know this till I researched a little you can make up to 1000 a month and still get welfare..

    Solendra was a small drop in the bucket compared to corporate welfare..

  3. Yes, cutting govt. jobs in departments that can make money for the govt. and reduce fraud just doesn't make sense.
    Like Bush cutting the IRS investigation department when they had hundreds of millions of corporate loop hole errors being investigated. The fines would have more than paid for the govt. employees.