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The overwhelming majority of "takers" are young children, the elderly and disabled. They're already on Medicaid and Medicare.

Yes, every policy is designed to help "children, the eldery, the sick"...nobody is gaining the system. There's no abled bodied people getting those perks.

I didn't say that. Try again.

If we limited Government assistance to those who can't take care of themselves instead of those who don't. We'd have a balanced budget in no time.

That is untrue, but we should do it anyway.

Myth number one: Welfare is way expensive.

Forty percent of Americans imagine that welfare costs more than national defense or social security. Yet the 1995 Statistical Abstract of the United States shows that the federal government spent $13.6 billion on AFDC in 1992--less than 5 percent of what it spent for the military ($282 billion) or social security ($296 billion).

Entitlement programs, from food stamps to Medicare, don't see unusually high cheating rates -- and the culprits are usually managers and executives, not "welfare queens."
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