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.

In this Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 photo, Lillie Gonzales discusses growing vegetables in her home garden to help feed her family, in Omao, Hawaii on the island of Kauai.  Lillie Gonzales does whatever it takes to provide for three ravenous sons who live under her roof. She grows her own vegetables at home on Kauai, runs her own small business and like a record 42 million other Americans, she relies on food stamps. Gonzales and her husband consistently qualify for food stamps now that Hawaii and other states are quietly expanding eligibility and offering the benefit to more working, moderate income families. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

In this Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 photo, Lillie Gonzales discusses growing vegetables in her home garden to help feed her family, in Omao, Hawaii on the island of Kauai. Lillie Gonzales does whatever it takes to provide for three ravenous sons who live under her roof. She grows her own vegetables at home on Kauai, runs her own small business and like a record 42 million other Americans, she relies on food stamps. Gonzales and her husband consistently qualify for food stamps now that Hawaii and other states are quietly expanding eligibility and offering the benefit to more working, moderate income families. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

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