"Do you agree that nearly half of government spending should support the elderly and disadvantaged? Tell your reps!" I think this statement is misleading. Are you combining Transfers+Medicare+SS? That doesn't make sense to me. To me, Medicare and SS are paid into like an investment with the expectation of withdrawal. Now maybe our reps are to screwing around with that concept so we may not realize the full value of that 'investment'...but for the most part I wouldn't consider Medicare+SS as all welfare.