Since the "War on Poverty" began in 1964, welfare spending has skyrocketed

Total federal and state welfare spending has increased more than 16-fold since 1964. Even since the 1996 welfare reform replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, spending has increased by 76 percent and by more than 20 percent since 2008.

Total welfare spending, by program type, in 2011 inflation-adjusted dollars

Since the

Source: Heritage Foundation research, 2012.