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US Has More People On Welfare Than Russia Has People

From CNS News:

The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare

By Terence P. Jeffrey | August 20, 2014

109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded "means-tested programs" — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau…

But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.

When those receiving benefits from non-means-tested federal programs — such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and veterans benefits — were added to those taking welfare benefits, it turned out that 153,323,000 people were getting federal benefits of some type at the end of 2012.

Subtract the 3,297,000 who were receiving veterans’ benefits from the total, and that leaves 150,026,000 people receiving non-veterans’ benefits…

The 153,323,000 total benefit-takers at the end of 2012, said the Census Bureau, equaled 49.5 percent of the population. The 150,026,000 taking benefits other than veterans’ benefits equaled about 48.5 percent of the population…

Well, the CIA World Factbook says there are 142,470,272 people in Russia. So, the 150,026,000 people getting non-veterans federal benefits in the United States at the end of 2012 outnumbered all the people in Russia…

And yet that is still not enough. At least according to the protesters in Ferguson.

In other economic news, via the Washington Post (of all places):

There are zero states where the percentage of people employed has gone up since the recession

By Hunter Schwarz August 19, 2014

From 2007 to 2014, the employment rate among 25- to 54-year-olds has declined in the United States by 3.5 percent, and no state reported employment gains during that time, according to data released by the Pew Charitable Trust  on Tuesday.

The state with the largest decline is New Mexico, where 9.2 percent fewer people are employed today than they were in 2007. Vermont and Nebraska had the smallest decline, both less than 1 percent, and 19 other states had declines that were determined to be not statistically significant…

And yet Obama still plans to make the economy his historic legacy.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “US Has More People On Welfare Than Russia Has People”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    Sounds like an even trade to me.

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