Get this poor [sic] man a calculator!

Rush Limbaugh, July 10, 2003:

It’s not easy being poor folks! It’s not getting any easier out there despite all of the trillions we are spending on it [welfare.]

According to a report by the Heritage Foundation presented to Congress:

“The U.S. welfare system may be defined as the total set of government programs?
federal and state?that are designed explicitly to assist poor and low-income Americans. […] Total federal and state spending on welfare programs was $434 billion in FY 2000. Of
that total, $313 billion (72 percent) came from federal funding and $121 billion (28
percent) came from state or local funds.




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