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1/3rd Of US Get ‘Means Based’ Assistance

From CNN’s Money.Com:

More than a third of Americans live in households receiving government assistance.

Government assistance expands

By Tami Luhby
February 7, 2012

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — More than one in three Americans lived in households that received Medicaid, food stamps or other means-based government assistance, according to a new report.

And when Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits are included, nearly half of the nation lived in a household that received a government check, according to the analysis of third-quarter 2010 Census data done by the Mercatus Center at George Washington University. That’s more than 148 million Americans.

Those numbers are on their way up thanks to the Great Recession and its aftermath, which have pushed record numbers of people onto public assistance programs.

Why are these numbers still going up? The ‘Great Recession’ officially ended back in June of 2009. That is more than two and a half years ago. (Just kidding. We know why. The elections are coming.)

In particular, the stubbornly high unemployment rate has left millions of Americans in dire straits.

Gosh, that high unemployment rate is evil.

The federal government sent a record $2 trillion to individuals in fiscal 2010, up nearly 75% from 10 years earlier

Some 26% of Americans lived in households where someone received Medicaid, while the figure was 15% for food stamps. Those programs were by far the largest of the safety net.

Meanwhile, 16% of people lived in households collecting Social Security and 15% receiving Medicare benefits. These entitlements have been expanding as the Baby Boom generation retires.

We don’t understand the constant effort to blur the distinction between ‘means-based government assistance’ and Social Security and Medicare. Or, rather, we do.

But that we have a third of the country in the safety net is pretty shocking. And unsustainable.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “1/3rd Of US Get ‘Means Based’ Assistance”

  1. BigOil says:

    Our safety net has become a cast net.

  2. Melly says:

    An entitlement society we are becoming with a President who believes he “deserves” a second term.

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