This article was sent to me by a good friend JA. I did many posts on the same subject in the past but I felt this was worth passing it on.
These numbers help explain why these last eight years were disastrous for the USA. I read the last item and then look at Trump’s Cabinet. No wonder Washington, DC is in a turmoil. Trump’s picks are bosses who expect their employees to work.. These are Eye Opening Numbers. This is what bothers a lot of people about Trump. He won’t accept a can’t do attitude, or inexperienced, incompetent performance. He will get results; it just might not be smooth or pretty.
Here are some amazing stats: Make sure you read to the bottom. An eye opener!
1. These 10 States now have more people on welfare than they do employed!
What’s the problem with that much support? Well the average household income in America is just over $50,000, which averages out to $137.13 a day.
To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30.00 an hour for 40 hour week, while the average job pays $24.00 an hour.
3. Check the last set of statistics!!
The percentage of each past president’s cabinet who had worked in the private business sector prior to their appointment to the cabinet. You know what the private business sector is: A real-life business not a government job.
Here are the percentages:
38% T. Roosevelt
This helps explain the bias, if not the incompetence, of the last administration: ONLY 8% of them have ever worked in private business!
That’s right! Only eight percent – the least, by far of the last 19 presidents! And these people tried to tell our corporations how to run their businesses?
How could Obama, president of a major nation and society, the one with the most successful economic system in world history, stand and talk about business when he’s never worked for one?
Or about jobs when he has never really had one? And, when it’s the same for 92% of his senior staff and closest advisers? They’ve spent most of their time in academia, government, and/or non-profit jobs or as “community organizers.”
Probably a good idea to pass this on, because we’ll NEVER see these facts in the main stream media, or from the alphabet networks.
I have always maintained that the government, if ran like a business instead of a side-line/hobby for politicians, we would be significantly more accomplished and successful.
95% of the dead-weight in DC; if they worked in the private sector and performed as they do, they would not last long enough to unwrap their bologna and mayo sandwich.
Why is there such incompetence in politics? They are not spending their own money. If they were; instead of staying at The Four Seasons, they would be calling on Tom Bodett.
For the U.S. Federal Government, estimated receipts for the fiscal year 2010 are $2.381 trillion. President Obama’s budget for 2010 adds up to $3.55 trillion; a difference in spending of $1.17 trillion. That annual deficit is 49.2% of receipts! Now that’s scary. We’ve got to do something. What we hear of course, is that we need to cut waste, fraud, and abuse. No doubt about it; nobody in their right mind LIKES waste, fraud, and abuse.
So I went to find out how much of U.S. Federal government spending is on waste, fraud, and abuse. For that purpose, of course, I turn to the best source for information that is accurate, unbiased, and objective. I mean Wikipedia, of course. On the Wikipedia entry for “2010 United States federal budget”, I see a breakdown for $2.184 trillion worth of “Mandatory Spending”:
- $677.95 billion – Social Security
- $571 billion – Other mandatory programs
- $453 billion – Medicare
- $290 billion – Medicaid
- $164 billion – Interest on National Debt
- $11 billion – Potential disaster costs
That $2.184 trillion of mandatory spending is 61.5% of the total $3.55 trillion of spending! That MUST be spent, by law. We can’t just renege on promised social security benefits or interest payments on the national debt. And if it’s mandatory, it can’t include any waste, fraud and abuse. So let’s keep looking for where to cut that waste, fraud, and abuse. Here are some of the top categories for the remaining $1.368 trillion of spending, called “discretionary spending.”
- $663.7 billion – Department of Defense (including Overseas Contingency Operations)
- $78.7 billion – Department of Health and Human Services
- $72.5 billion – Department of Transportation
- $52.5 billion – Department of Veterans Affairs
- $51.7 billion – Department of State and Other International Programs
- $47.5 billion – Department of Housing and Urban Development
- $46.7 billion – Department of Education
- $42.7 billion – Department of Homeland Security
- $26.3 billion – Department of Energy
- $26.0 billion – Department of Agriculture
- $23.9 billion – Department of Justice
- $18.7 billion – National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- $13.8 billion – Department of Commerce
- $13.3 billion – Department of Labor
- $13.3 billion – Department of the Treasury
- $12.0 billion – Department of the Interior
- $10.5 billion – Environmental Protection Agency
The biggest item ($663.7 billion) is defense spending, and we certainly can’t cut that during a war. And that is 48.5% of all discretionary spending. All of the rest of discretionary spending adds up to $704 billion, which is only 60.2% of the total $1.17 trillion of deficit. In other words, even if we completely eliminated ALL discretionary spending other than defense, we’d still be stuck with 40% of the current deficit ($466 billion, or half a trillion dollars per year). And that would mean zero spending on health and human services, zero on transportation, zero on veterans affairs, etc.
Still, however, it seems like we ought to be able to eliminate SOME of that spending, at least the spending on waste, fraud, and abuse. So let’s look for that category. Hmmm. As I look down that entire list, I don’t SEE a category for waste, fraud, and abuse!
Okay, I’ll stop being sarcastic, but this does have a point. Some very careful analysts might in fact be able to find some waste, fraud and abuse. But that is much easier said than done, and it will be a tiny fraction of the deficit. Any plan to get serious about cutting federal spending must make serious cuts in programs that are important to people, like welfare and transportation. To eliminate the deficit will require changes in entitlements like Social Security and Medicare.
Moreover, we can’t substantially cut the deficit with only cuts in spending. The categories listed above just cannot be cut enough to dent the deficit. To eliminate the deficit, the only alternative is a combination of spending cuts and tax increases. The new Congressional leaders do not want to increase taxes, of course, and I’m not saying they must. Maybe we won’t close the deficit. But just don’t tell me you’ll eliminate the federal deficit by cutting waste, fraud, and abuse.
What is the penalty in corporate America for incompetence? Dismissal. What action is taken in politics when one of their own screw up? They are promoted and given a raise.
As the article states; where is the incentive for THE WELFARE people to work when they can and do make more from social services than they would if they had a job?? There is none. Do I blame them? Only partially. If some fool wants to pay me $8,000 a week for doing nothing; who is the fool? Them for giving or me for taking??
The more time that passes and the more I ponder the subject; the more I think my assessment of similarity between Obama and The Manchurian Candidate are spot on.
The REAL ISSUE with all of the Boulder Roller/Anti-Trumpers is not his position on many of the issues plaguing the country; the real deal is, they lost the election and lost control.
Go back and check out some of the mistakes/on purposes Mr. O made and we can ONLY come to one conclusion. The Manchurian Candidate. These were not scientific equations that required aeronautical calculations , they should have been common-sense decisions but they went the other way.
For me; I will put the one-sided Iran deal and the Mexican gun deal on top of the lists. It is virtually impossible for anyone, with any common-sense to make decisions like those, knowing that in the long run there would be severe repercussions. Let us not forget that Holding was holding Obama’s hand through these processes. What a tag- team couple they made!!
The USA and the rest of the world have not yet witnessed the severity of what the Iran deal is going to rain on the world.
The ironic part about the Boulder Rollers; I don’t see ANYONE bitching to PDT about the $oldi they are making on the stock market. If they are going to be assassins, they have to be full-time not part-time.
Is PDT as pure as new fallen snow?? Hell no BUT he definitely is 1,000% better than our alternative. If the fools that oppose him put their efforts into recognizing what his end game is and supported him, there is no telling just how successful the USA could be.
By now, PDT’s opposition has wasted billions of dollars and nearly a years worth of precious time that could have been concentrated on worthwhile issues that need attention.
Who was it that said: we can take a jack-ass to the watering hole but can’t make them drink???
I know that I am pissing up a rope expecting the government to change it’s nonsensical/ evil ways, BUT I will always continue to be a die-hard, trying to make a difference. My major hurdle is; I don’t speak JACK-ASS!!