Welfare is the largest part of the budget, why aren’t reforms being discussed for that?

“With public debate, people would know the facts that are now being hidden… [For example,] welfare costs are now the single largest item in the budget—larger than Medicare, larger than Social Security, larger than the defense budget. We spend enough on these poverty programs to send every household beneath the poverty line in America a check for $60,000. Each family. That’s how much we’re spending… Is [welfare spending] off limits, not to be discussed? Or will welfare reform be a part of the framework [now being negotiated in secret]?”

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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