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Recovery? Half of American Households Living on Government Benefits
Townhall.com ^ | May 26, 2012 | Kate Hicks

Posted on 05/26/2012 10:42:10 AM PDT by Kaslin

Some astoundingly grim news on the "economic recovery" front: half of American households are receiving government funds to support themselves. No matter which way you slice it, this number isn't good news for the Obama administration -- they can spin the jobs numbers by ignoring the number of people who dropped out of the workforce, but this statistic is pretty straightforward.

The 49.1% of the population in a household that gets benefits is up from 30% in the early 1980s and 44.4% as recently as the third quarter of 2008.

The increase in recent years is likely due in large part to the lingering effects of the recession. As of early 2011, 15% of people lived in a household that received food stamps, 26% had someone enrolled in Medicaid and 2% had a member receiving unemployment benefits. Families doubling up to save money or pool expenses also is likely leading to more multigenerational households. But even without the effects of the recession, there would be a larger reliance on government.

The Census data show that 16% of the population lives in a household where at least one member receives Social Security and 15% receive or live with someone who gets Medicare. There is likely a lot of overlap, since Social Security and Medicare tend to go hand in hand, but those percentages also are likely to increase as the Baby Boom generation ages.

It seems that Newt Gingrich's nickname for President Obama rings true: he really is the "food stamp president." More people than ever are relying on the state to support their families, and that's a major indictment on Obama's first term.

Furthermore, this puts even more pressure on the economic aspect of the presidential election. There's no way to cut the deficit until fewer people are on the government payroll -- unless, of course, Congress imposes massive (and sure to be massively unpopular) tax hikes.

Really, if this is the direction we're headed, how many people want to keep going "forward?"


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: deficit; entitlementprograms; recovery; welfare

1 posted on 05/26/2012 10:42:25 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Really, if this is the direction we're headed, how many people want to keep going "forward"?

Stupid socialist slogan "Forward!". With the looming iceberg dead ahead, a more appropiate slogan is "To the lifeboats!", or "Every man for himself!". The Food Stamp President is a piper leading lemmings over a cliff.

2 posted on 05/26/2012 10:57:45 AM PDT by roadcat
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To: Kaslin

Not good news for the 0bama regime? I think it’s great news for them; it’s exactly what they want. Over 50% of the voters dependent on socialism, that’s what guarantees them electoral victory.


3 posted on 05/26/2012 11:06:49 AM PDT by henkster (Wanted: Politicians willing to say "No" to people. No experience required.)
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To: henkster

Yep, once there’s more people riding the wagon than there are pulling the wagon, the Republic is dead.


4 posted on 05/26/2012 11:09:24 AM PDT by Marathoner (If the election was Obama vs. Satan I'd have to flip a coin.)
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To: Kaslin

And, how many “government dependent” voters will, actually, vote against government dependence? This is why I don’t see how the U.S. doesn’t become a third world socialistic country, for the long-term, no matter how the ‘12 general elections go. How is the U.S. as a capitalistic country not an endangered species?


5 posted on 05/26/2012 11:09:24 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: Kaslin

I bet entitlement spending as part of the annual budget has gone from 60% to 70% by now!


6 posted on 05/26/2012 11:11:27 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Kaslin

Just had a note from a friend who evidently gets his Social Security by check. The checks now say “Government Benefit.” Benefit? I guess since the “government” pi$$ed away the money they extorted from us over our working life, they have to call it a “benefit.”


7 posted on 05/26/2012 11:13:18 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: Kaslin
There is no Galt’s Gulch...at least not unless the results of November go wrong.

Then we all meet in Texas and declare our Independence once more.

8 posted on 05/26/2012 11:19:02 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("If an Evil be politically correct--none dare call it Evil.")
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To: vette6387

Why doesn’t your friend get his or her social security deposited. I would be afraid that it would be stolen fro the mail box


9 posted on 05/26/2012 11:23:46 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: vette6387

Hey, if we taxpayers are stupid enough to give him money he is smart enough to take it.

Sux to be the newbie in any Ponzi scheme.


10 posted on 05/26/2012 11:24:53 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("If an Evil be politically correct--none dare call it Evil.")
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To: Kaslin

Really, if this is the direction we’re headed, how many people want to keep going “forward?”

More like how many fools would want to keep working?


11 posted on 05/26/2012 11:27:24 AM PDT by desertfreedom765
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To: desertfreedom765
One of the big problems in this country is there are entirely too many middle-men between the producers and the consumers.

Think of how much cost we could eliminate by getting rid of them.

(/s)

12 posted on 05/26/2012 11:29:45 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Kaslin

Forward — as in, forward to the couch and remote.


13 posted on 05/26/2012 11:51:31 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
And, how many “government dependent” voters will, actually, vote against government dependence?

Probably quite a few. Despite the artificially hyped stories you get from the MSM about freeloaders and grifters of one form or another, I'm an optimist, and believe there is a large silent group out there with pride who would rather earn a paycheck than take charity. They may not be holder's people packed into the urban blight areas, fighting over basketball shoes, but they exist.
14 posted on 05/26/2012 11:52:41 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Kaslin

Obama simply tells this 49% that Romney will strip them of their gov’t support and kick them out onto the streets.


15 posted on 05/26/2012 11:55:43 AM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: Kaslin

The way I see it that these millions on Government support will have to keep it coming. They realize that there is NO, NO, NO, immediate fix and the fix will be years in the making. Their fear is if King Obama and his empire gets the boot the flow of cash will almost immediately stop or be radically reduced. It is more like the question of survival than anything else. It is going to be a close election and we must support Romney. And financial support will somehow have to flow until the conversion to jobs take over. Only corruption should be cut off.


16 posted on 05/26/2012 12:31:17 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: Kaslin

We’ve reached the tipping point. We’re Greece.


17 posted on 05/26/2012 12:39:53 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Kaslin; SunkenCiv; traviskicks; bamahead; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; ExTexasRedhead; JulieRNR21; ..

This is very, very dire. Even if the economy recovers, it may be many years before that number falls.


18 posted on 05/26/2012 1:49:23 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama and Company lied, the American economy died)
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To: Kaslin

There are a number of families whom I know personally who are in this situation and they are pi$$ed. They will be voting Republican straight tickets in the next go around.


19 posted on 05/26/2012 2:13:18 PM PDT by buffaloguy (uab.)
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To: henkster

I would like to see what type of benefits are counted. I get a military retirement. Does that lump me in with this group?


20 posted on 05/26/2012 2:33:54 PM PDT by Mathews (Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV))
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To: Kaslin

The real number is worse. The 49.1% does not include Government Employees and all the parasites in D.C. and the State Capitols. They all ride in the wagon that we pull.


21 posted on 05/26/2012 3:27:31 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: Kaslin

Social Security, medicare, and unemployment are all very different than food stamps, medicaid, WIC, TANF and other welfare benefits.


22 posted on 05/26/2012 3:44:56 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Mathews
I would like to see what type of benefits are counted. I get a military retirement. Does that lump me in with this group?

To many people - yes, it does.

23 posted on 05/26/2012 3:46:59 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Kaslin

Households dependent on government for benefits will support the more socialist candidate. Then there are the multitudes of political regulators getting their fat employment incomes and pensions from government. Think again.


24 posted on 05/26/2012 10:10:31 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: Clintonfatigued; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Clintonfatigued.


25 posted on 05/26/2012 10:59:16 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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