No time to comment at length, but I saw this USA Today headline on an airplane this morning: “Federal Aid Programs Expand At Record Rate”:
A sweeping expansion of social programs since 2000 has sparked a record increase in the number of Americans receiving federal government benefits such as college aid, food stamps and health care.
A USA TODAY analysis of 25 major government programs found that enrollment increased an average of 17% in the programs from 2000 to 2005. The nation’s population grew 5% during that time.
It was the largest five-year expansion of the federal safety net since the Great Society created programs such as Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s.
UPDATE: This comment from today’s Evans-Novak Political Report is pertinent:
The serious efforts to cut spending proposed by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, represent only a minority Republican view. The Republican consensus is still committed to bringing home the bacon for constituents.
SCOTT adds: On today’s show Rush expanded on John’s post and memorialized his comments at the Limbaugh Institute in “Social program enrollment expands at record rate.”