Social Programs

Social entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, food stamps and unemployment insurance make up 35 percent of wages and salaries this year, according to reports from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Tight economic times are prompting lawmakers to look at social programs and safety nets as potential areas to trim. Democrats have traditionally worked to preserve entitlements, but Republicans and some Tea Party members have seen entitlements as too costly.

Social Programs

Candidates on Social Programs

President Obama’s critics have called him the “Welfare President” for his defense of social programs. And while by and large Social Security, Medicare and low-income programs like food stamps have been protected, there have been reductions. 

Mitt Romney would overhaul Medicare, make significant changes to Social Security and eliminate what he calls “nonessential government programs.”