First I would like to say that people who leave anonymous comments are cowards and more than half the time those that prefer to always remain anonymous will change their opinion depending on the company they are in when in person.
From what I have read it seems pretty obvious that certain media has done a good job making it seem like a greater percent of our hard earned dollars is going to welfare and public housing. In about 20 seconds I found a calculator based on the standard deduction. For those of you who make significantly more you can subtract since typically you have far more loopholes, tax breaks, and write offs.
Public and Indian Housing Programs: $85.16 (1.127%)
Social Security Administration: $1703.79 (22.553%)
Interest on the Public Debt: $1223.35 (16.194%)
Department of Education: $152.56 (2.019%)
Medicare prescription drug account, Federal supplementary insurance trust fund: $156.31 (2.069%)
(who's getting this money?)
Department of Defense--Military: $1518.48 (20.1%) (yikes)
Supplemental for Global War on Terror: $182.23 (2.412%) (in addition to military spending)
I am not a conspiracy theorist but but it is indisputable that the rise in intergenerational poverty is directly related to the creation of purpose built public housing and assistance and I agree that with many that the disparity between the rich and the poor needs to decrease. this is old rhetoric.
Look at the percentages of where your money goes. 22% goes to old people.16% goes down the toilet to foreign lenders as interest. 2.5% goes to the war on terror which I doubt will go down just because osama's dead. only 2% goes to educating our nation. yes, more goes to terror. and finally a little over 1% goes to public housing and welfare assistance.
We focus so strongly on this because it is tangible, in our face, and distracts us from where the money is really being wasted. I am also by no means a bleeding heart liberal