Expense of Social Programs

I am frequently told that we cannot have a social system as they do in Scandinavia or Europe. I feel the need to dispel that because there have been too many distortions on what we can afford. With in year 2004 and 2009 The top 1% received a huge handout in the Trillions. Bush’s welfare for the rich and Obama’s Economic Stimulus and Bailout

As an advocate of the Universal Income and social programs, I had to check the facts.

The items that steal the most money are:
Corporate welfare
Pork Barrel Spending
Tax Havens
Tax Abatement
Socialism for the Rich

Lets look at War at it cost to date:
Cost of U.S. Wars Since 2001
$963,307,450,494 Totaled from below.

Cost of War in Iraq
$708,178,665,506

Cost of War in Afghanistan
$255,128,784,848

Secret Governments
$35,000,000,000

Corporate Welfare
$2,300,000,000,000
$2,000,000,000,000 economic stimulus
GWB 2004 hand out 1,000,000,000,000 (trillion)

Pork Barrel Spending
$410,000,000

Secret Governments
CIA
1,100,000,000,000
Pentagon
$43,900,000,000

Grand Total: $64,442,617,450,494
For Social Spending:$2,002,076,410,463

Socialism for the Rich
N/A: According to 60 Minutes, the wealthy get free homes, beach front homes, SUVs, and other free items. Maybe in the Billions
Tax Abatement: N/A Again, in the Billions
Tax Havens mostly in the Millions. Not Calculated.

http://www.pissedonpolitics.com/2006/04/i_want_my_money_back.htm
http://www.warresisters.org/node/457
http://www.pnhp.org/facts/single-payer-system-cost
http://evidencebasedprograms.org/wordpress

Taxpayers in the United States will pay $907.3 billion for total Iraq & Afghanistan war spending since 2001. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:
267,406,630 People with Health Care for One Year
19,596,112 Public Safety Officers for One year
15,559,271 Music and Arts Teachers for One Year
140,275,201 Scholarships for University Students for One Year (eventual free education)
163,477,477 Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550 (See above)
7,057,801 Affordable Housing Units
399,894,220 Children with Health Care for One Year
124,509,400 Head Start Places for Children for One Year
14,904,312 Elementary School Teachers for One Year
939,289,301 Homes with Renewable Electricity for One Year

*2,000,000,000,000 for Universal Income for every person.

* Actually, the BIG/UI would be a faction since this calculates every living persons included infants. Calculated at $30,000 a year per person. For adults and teens this could be cut down by 1/3.
**Also, with installment of many programs the government would be billions if not trillions in downsizing administrations. In effect urban
renewal would be sustainable reducing cost of deteriorating infrastructure and blight. Preventative measures and Social Programs that work and cultivate self ability and free from dependence. Affordability of other social programs.
***Also investment in urban and municipal and social enterprise, reversing the tide of Privatization and creating public enterprise would give the Government in un-totaled Billions (If not Trillions). This would even reduce taxes.
**** We must also stop Democrats and Republicans from throwing money at programs that do not work. Government accountability is a must.

Dedicated to Bill Pelz, Eric Schuster, Cassidy Martinez, Dave Howell, Karl Wlderquist, Mike Marino, Sandro Gobetti, Jim Davis,Viton Munoz,  and Mike Spinosi

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