Skip to comments.Feds: Too few Americans ‘turn to government for assistance’ [Unbelievable!]
Posted on 08/27/2012 1:03:05 PM PDT by upchuck
More Americans rely on their families for assistance than the government, so federal officials have undertaken an effort to help people to apply for federal assistance.
Given that only 15 percent of you turn to government assistance in tough times, we want to make sure you know about benefits that could help you, USA.gov announced today. The government made easy website has created a help for difficult financial times page for people to learn more about the programs.
The government got that statistic from a poll asking Americans what helps them the most during tough times. Here are the results:
Hugh and series too!
I got that email today and instantly posted on twitter. Pretty amazing...
Time for a shower!
Need more assimilation INTO the collective...
Is this Administration that concerned about loosing the White House?
We’re looking at the net of what’s been added and subtracted since 2008, and it’s a big positive. The largest category of transfer payments, of course, consists of the three major entitlements: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Indeed, they rose in total by 28% since the fourth quarter of 2008. What’s surprising is that other transfer payments, all told, rose even faster, by 38%, and accounted for over half of the total increase.
Among the fast-growing categories: unemployment insurance and food stamps, which together expanded by 120% to $211 billion.
You KNOW it!!
[S]ince 2000 Medicaid has increased from 34 million people to 54 million in 2011 and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) from 17 million to 45 million in 2011, according to a statement released on Wednesday by Sen. Sessions office.
But heres our favorite part: Spending on food stamps alone is projected to reach nearly $800 billion over the next decade.
The Senate Budget Committee Republican staff under Ranking Member Jeff Sessions [R-AL] on Wednesday released this depressing chart:
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What ever happened to being responsible and relying on your FAMILY when times are hard????
When rough times come, Libs have destroyed the family and turned Americans into wards of the state. And way too many Americans have been comfortable with it because they think it means the “other guy” is paying for it.
Give BHO another 4 years screwing over the American economy and we ALL will be queued up at the welfare office for their damned “benefits!”
This is directed at the quote you posted.
Let’s assume you set up a savings account when you were young and contributed to it all of your working life. When you quit working you begin to withdraw money, a little at a time, for your living expenses.
The above describes both Social Security and Medicare. I paid into these all my working life. When I retired I began to withdraw some of what I paid in.
The dictionary defines entitlement as, “a right granted by law or contract, especially to financial benefits from the government.” Yes, Social Security and Medicare payments come from the government. But they NOT are benefits. They are merely repayment of what I paid in for years.
I am sick and tired of Social Security and Medicare being described as entitlements. IMHO, they are NOT.
SSI, welfare, FI, AFDC, etc, et al. THOSE are entitlements.
Believe me, I wish I could have opted out of Social Security and Medicare and run my own funding. I’d be light years ahead of where I am now.
One day a week I volunteer as a triage interviewer at a local food bank. And the majority of folks I interview look similar to the young lady on the right. It amazes me how obese people can become by living off food stamps.
More than one or two Federal agencies having trouble justifying their existence and budgets!!
Not so surprising as home economics, where teaching young people (and even some older people) how to purchase for, and prepare, healthy meals, is usually the first class that is eliminated when public schools crunch numbers. In some places there are no ways to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables with the cards AND I bet the people just don't want to bother learning to cook/eat better.
"Credit cards/loans 20%
"Government assistance 15%"
A poll? Ask for what really happened when a need arose.
I am in my 70s, get SS, and medical stuff.. though so far I have not had a need for a doctor or drug -- in decades.
Of course I totally disagree with what seems to be the majority opinion to cut all programs across-the-board.. ridding the various programs of waste and abuse seems more logical to me as a first step.
Contumely welcome.. see if you can top the insults that FReepers who have snakes as pets I enraged by criticizing people who loose their pet snakes into the surrounding countryside. Most of them finally settled down when I admitted that I did not know that their ball python was a cute little python rarely more than four feet or so. And they would never, never be so cruel to the snake. :)
Actually, this piece makes me think that some weasely little bureaucratic pencil pusher is going all out to protect his government position, especially considering the possibility that job cuts loom in the near future. What better way than to convince the moochers of society that they need more entitlements.
This is moral and political inversion. Because the government obtains funds to give this assistance by coercive taxation, the government,instead of being a protector of rights is now a violator of rights. Instead of encouraging production, it is encouraging parasitism. Instead of protecting men from the initiation of physical force, it is initiating force and coercion in any manner and issue it pleases.
I can only speak for me and my family, but outside of the Veterans Administration every time I have ever asked the government (federal or state-Wisconsin) I have got a grand total of zilch.
Now my church otoh helped me hang on to my house.
Tells you something does it not.
Oh, Bam, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz . . .
I am sick and tired of Social Security and Medicare being described as entitlements
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I started paying into SS in 1953 am now 72, NEVER used Medicare/medicaid, used VA once (’paid’ for that 8+ yrs USN),
Draw SS - started at 69 and had ‘double paid’ FICA since 1990.
How is it considered an entitlement when I was ‘forced’ to turn it over, I don’t make the rules etc...
BTW I remember ‘us’ sitting around in the early 70’s figuring we would NEVER see a penny of SS.
I’m still waiting for my check for $1 million.
tough to ask dad for help when you don’t know who he is.
Is it Claire Wolfe Time yet?
"You can't kill the beast while sucking at its teat"
-- Claire Wolfe
This is only a light crack of the whip above the heads of the “damned well better vote D voters”. A thinly veiled suggestion to them that unless their masters are supported in November they may lose those “supports” that they aren’t using enough of, according to the article.
Facts support that nearly 50% do not pay income tax and nearly that same percentage receive some form of federal payment, regardless of source. Some may have been partially contributed by the recipient, most not.
It’s the same old game the progressives have been playing since 1916. Reinforced by FDR with SS and amplified by LBJ with Medicare.
Get the majority of voters on the plantation and when anyone offers freedom and liberty as an alternative, lightly crack the whip above their heads to remind them:
“See how much better off you are when we are in charge? All we want to do is give you more as long as you send us back to D.C. If you vote for those other guys, they are gonna make you think for yourselves, make responsible decisions and maybe work a little for the opportunity to succeed. Now isn’t it much easier to just keep those votes and money flowing in the same direction, no questions asked? See you in November!”
If you look at the chart posted. Social security and Medicaid are NOT included in the total.
Chart posted in post # 10. Sorry.
What’s the matter? Not enough slaves or something?
America is $16 trillion in debt and the government is promoting government assistance! Many are qualifying for Social Security Disability because of “mood disorders.”
Are we not Americans?