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Entitlement spending was less than 10% of federal spending in 1958.

Just when you thought you had seen the last of Rick Santorum for awhile...

Here at VoteFacts we are bringing up an old statement from Rick because, a) we're new even if the statement is not, and b) it is a statement that gets our readers focused on facts - entitlement facts no less.

So, as you can hear from the video, what he said was, "When I was born (1958), less than 10 percent of the federal budget was entitlement spending. It's now 60 percent of the budget."

(Quote begins at 9 minutes, 23 seconds)

That seems like a statement worth researching.  So here is your data from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Entitlement spending as a percentage of total spending

1958 - Percentage of total outlays = 25.4 percent

2011 - Percentage of total outlays = 65.1 percent

OMB Report

Related information:

Office of Budget and Management (OMB)

Payments for individuals:  These are Federal Government spending programs designed to transfer income (in cash or in kind) to individuals or families.  To the extent feasible, this category does not include reimbursements for current services rendered to the Government (e.g., salaries and interest).  The payments may be in the form of cash paid directly to individuals or they may take the form of the provision of services or the payment of bills for activities largely financed from personal income.  They include outlays for the provision of medical care (in veterans hospitals, for example) and for the payment of medical bills (e.g., Medicare).  They also include subsidies to reduce the cost of housing below market rates, and food and nutrition assistance (such as SNAP-formerly food stamps).

OMB Report, Page 14

VoteFacts original post date:  circa June 2, 2012

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