Welfare spending jumps 32 percent in four years

Welfare spending has grown substantially over the past four years, reaching $746 billion in 2011, more than Social Security or basic defense.

**FILE** People wait in line to enter the Northern Brooklyn Food Stamp and DeKalb Job Center in New York on Feb. 24, 2012. (Associated Press)

**FILE** People wait in line to enter the Northern Brooklyn Food Stamp and DeKalb Job Center in New York on Feb. 24, 2012. (Associated Press)

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