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128M, 41% Of US Now Get Federal Gov’t Checks

From the Heritage Foundation:

U.S. Government Increases National Debt—and Keeps 128 Million People on Government Programs

By Patrick Tyrrell and William W. Beach | January 8, 2013

Abstract: Between 1988 and 2011, the amount of the U.S. population that receives assistance from the federal government grew by 62 percent. That means that more than 41 percent of the U.S. population is enrolled in at least one federal assistance program. To make matters worse, per capita expenditures on recipients are rising as well. In 2010, over 70 percent of all federal spending went to dependence-creating programs

The number of people receiving benefits from the federal government in the United States has grown from under 94 million people in 2000 to more than 128 million people in 2011. That means that 41.3 percent of the U.S. population is now on a federal government program

[I]t is important to note that stating that 128.8 million people receive benefits from a government program does not mean that all of them are dependent on the government…

Here are some of the… numbers:

128,818,142 people are enrolled in at least one government program.
48,580,105 people are on Medicaid.
35,770,301 people receive their retirement income from Social Security.
43,834,566 people are on Medicare.
39,030,579 people are living in a household where at least one person accepts food stamps.
6,984,783 people are living in subsidized rental housing.
2,047,149 people are receiving a higher-education subsidy…

The rate of growth in the number of people who are enrolled in a federal program far outpaces general population growth. In fact, an analysis of the March 2011 CPS responses going back to 1988 reveals that the number in March 2011 (128,818,142) is 62 percent higher than it was in March 1988 (79,592,924). Meanwhile, the U.S. population has grown only 27 percent since that year. In other words, [since 1988] the number of people who are enrolled in at least one federal program has grown more than two times faster than has the U.S. population…

While the number of people on a federal program has grown too fast, the average amount spent per capita has greatly outpaced even that level… Between 1988 and 2011, spending on dependence-creating federal government programs has increased 180 percent. versus “only” a 62 percent increase in the number of people who are enrolled in federal government programs, and a 27 percent increase in the population. Not only are more people enrolled in government programs than ever before, but more U.S. taxpayer dollars are being spent on each recipient every year…

According to Wall Street Journal research, when counting the number of people who live in a household where at least one person is on a government program, the dangerous tipping point of half of all Americans is nearly reached at 49.1 percent…

And some still wonder why Obama won.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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