The REAL Number of Americans on Welfare... 100 MILLION!
There are more Americans dependent on the federal government than ever before in U.S. history. According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation conducted by the U.S. Census, well over 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government. ~ See Comments
Many are enrolled in more than one. That is about a third of the entire population of the country. Sadly, that figure does not even include Social Security or Medicare. Today the federal government runs almost 80 different "means-tested welfare programs", and almost all of those programs have experienced substantial growth in recent years.
Yes, we will always need a "safety net" for those that cannot take care of themselves, but it is absolutely ridiculous that the federal government is financially supporting one-third of all Americans.
How much farther do things really need to go before we finally admit that we have become a socialist nation? At the rate we are going, it will not be too long before half the nation is on welfare.
Unfortunately, we will likely never get to that point because the gigantic debt that we are currently running up will probably destroy our financial system before that ever happens.
It is really hard to believe how rapidly some of these federal welfare programs have grown.
For example, the number of Americans on food stamps has grown from about 17 million in 2000 to 31.9 million when Barack Obama took office to 46.4 million today.
The federal government spent a staggering 71.8 billion dollars on the food stamp program in 2011.
That sure is a lot of money to spend on food.
And I thought that my grocery bills were high.
Medicaid is also growing like crazy.
The number of Americans on Medicaid grew from 34 million in 2000 to 54 million in 2011.
Once upon a time, Medicaid was supposed to help the poorest of the poor get medical care. In fact, back in 1965 only about one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.
But now about one-sixth of the entire country is on Medicaid.
Will we all eventually be on Medicaid?
And we all know that projections like that are usually way too low.
Other federal welfare programs are exploding in size as well.
For example, federal housing assistance increased by a whopping 42 percent between 2006 and 2010.
The chart posted below was produced by Senate Budget Committee Republican staff. As you can see, the number of Americans on welfare just continues to grow and grow and grow....
Keep in mind that the chart posted above does not even take into account the huge numbers of Americans that are on Social Security and Medicare.
In the United States today, more than 61 million Americans receive some form of Social Security benefits.
Just think about that.
That means that nearly one out of every five Americans is drawing on Social Security.
That is just crazy.
And in the years ahead we are going to see wave after wave of Baby Boomers retire and so the number of Americans drawing on Social Security is just going to keep going up.
The same kind of thing is happening with Medicare.
That sure does sound expensive.
If you can believe it, Medicare is facing unfunded liabilities of more than 38 trillion dollars over the next 75 years.
That comes to approximately $328,404 for each and every household in the United States.
Will you be able to pay your share?
And that is just for Medicare.
The federal government just keeps becoming a bigger and bigger part of the health care industry.
Back in 1990, the federal government accounted for just 32 percent of all health care spending in America.
This year, it is being projected that the federal government will account for more than 50 percent of all health care spending in the United States.
Americans have become completely and totally addicted to government money, and word has gotten out to other nations that the U.S. is a place where you can live the high life at the expense of the government.
According to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, 43 percent of all immigrants that have been in the United States for at least 20 years are still on welfare.
Keep in mind that the study only looked at immigrants that have been in the country for at least two decades.
Nearly half of them are still on welfare.
Needless to say, the system is fundamentally broken.
And there is no way in the world that we can afford all of this. We have rolled up the biggest pile of debt in the history of the world and our children and our grandchildren are facing a lifetime of endless debt slavery.
Once again this year we are facing a federal budget deficit of well over a trillion dollars, and very few of our politicians even seem to care.
We just continue to spend money as if it was going out of style.
At this point, spending by the federal government accounts for more than 25 percent of U.S. GDP.
The last time that happened was during World War II when we were trying to rescue the world from the tyranny of the Germans and the Japanese.
If you divided up the U.S. national debt equally, it would come to more than $134,000 for every single household in the United States.
Overall, the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 37 times larger than it was when Nixon took us off the gold standard.
We are a nation of debt addicts, and both political parties have been responsible for getting us into this mess.
We simply cannot afford to continue to go down this road. We need to significantly reduce all categories of government spending.
And yes, we will always need a safety net.
But we simply cannot afford to financially support more than 100 million Americans.
That is absolute madness and it must stop.
So what do you think about all of this?
August 8, 2012 - TheAmericanDream
Some great comments posted at TheAmericanDream...
Fewer well paying jobs inflation and unemployment higher than the government reports medical costs 1000X what they where in the 60′s = more people seeking help.
Yeah one in 5 is a lot, but instead of implying your neighbors are to blame,lets look at the government that allows this much economic disparity… capitalism has it is now practiced in the USA is a failure , socialism would be preferable.
I agree. But Social Security is not an “entitlement”. It is something all pay for (try asking the IRS to not take money from you for it). Yes, if you work, you are forced to pay Social Security.
So my suggestion is: close all the foreign military bases and give those of us unfortunate enough to need Social Security a raise with the money saved.
I might as well piss off a few people and open up their eyes. I will touch the third rail of politics.
If you read the Supreme Court decision from May of 1937, Helvring vs Davis, the finding states that all of the money collected from the employer and the empolyee funds go into the general treasury and none of the funds can be earmarked for a specific purpose.
That means that Social Security is just a General Fund flat tax. That also means that since Congress sets the rules to recieve Social Security which redistrubutes general fund money to the public, it is just like any other welfare program. It just has different rules to recieve the benifits than othe welfare programs.
So add the 61 million on social security to the 100 million plus recieving welfare and we are all ready over 1/2 of the population on welfare. Don’t bother to say that you paid for your social security as I never hear that said about any other taxes.
Ha. I paid sales tax so the government owes me a pension. Like it or not we are have become a nation of welfare bums.
What do I think?
* Bring back Glass Steagle
* Abolish NAFTA and GAFT
* Close down US manufacturing ANYWHERE in the world (China, Mexico, Taiwan, etc…) And bring them ALL back to the U.S.
* Make a law that ALL political contributions have to come from the public, no “special interest” groups (i.e, banks and corporations)
* Abolish the Income Tax and Property Tax (Instate a Flat Tax)
* Put tariffs on our exporting products
* Put a cap on monopolies/corporations (How long they can operate and how much they can grow)
* Put the Dollar back on the Gold Standard
* STOP KILLING SMALL BUSINESS, make it to where small business can start-up and at-least have a chance…
* And most importantly… ABOLISH THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK (FED)
Only then, may we all have a chance to thrive (And what I mean by thrive, is a chance to live above poverty)… Well, here’s to wishin…
The U.S. Government could well afford to provide the needed money to operate the so called “entitlement programs” if they would pull out of the wars they are currently involved in, stop foreign aid to other countries, stop funding stupid programs that lead to nothing of value, and cut the pay of politicians.
Agriculture programs should be the highest priority along with medical care, since these are the areas that ensure the survival of people. Apprenticeships should be encouraged to provide needed skills to support the activities of the agriculture and medical sectors.
Families should be encouraged to let older family members live with them. They have a lot of experience to pas onto the younger family members and could provide child care services. I think I would prefer to have grandma take care of my child rather than some stranger I wouldn’t trust.
There are all kinds of ways the U.S. Government could drastically cut expenditures while at the same time greatly benefit the citizens of the U.S.
We need jobs now.
August 8th, 2012 at 7:20 pm
This is what you get when you follow the teachings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and The Communist Manifesto”, if you want to understand what is going on I highly recommend you go and read it.
It is rather clear for anybody to see, that the Bankers and the Federal Government have been following it for the last 40 years (both parties!!!).
Don’t believe me, here is the proof you need, straight from the “Manifesto” itself.(Chapter II. The Communist Manifesto, Marx 1848)
“the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.”
** sure seems like the bankers with the help of the government(s) are doing this.
“Abolition of the family”
** there is no way on God’s green Earth you can’t tell me this isn’t the goal of all the government programs and Agenda 21.
“abolish fatherland and nationality…working men have no country”
** Sure sounds like Agenda 21, again, and free trade too.
“Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion and all morality”
** Now you know why the government and the powers that be are always attacking religion, no matter which one, to a communist all religion is bad, the “state” is the only true religion. (Think USSR, 1917 to 1989)
And here are the good-old “General Guidelines” to be a good Communist (according to Marx)
- 1) Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
- 2) A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
- 3) Abolition of all right of inheritance.
- 4) Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
- 5) Centralization of credit in the hands of the State, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly.
- 6) Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the State.
- 7) Extension of the number of State factories and instruments of production: the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement fo the soil generally in accoradance with a common plan.
- 8) Equal obligation to all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
- 9) Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equable distribution of the population over the country.
- 10) Free education for all children in public schools….Combination of education with industrial production, etc.
- We have ALL the above, not one line is missing,(except #3, we just tax the hell out of it) we have done better than the U.S.S.R. and we didn’t have to openly kill millions, upon millions, of our own people, (just tens of millions in other countries), our overlords must be so proud of themselves.