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Feds: Too few Americans ‘turn to government for assistance’ [Unbelievable!]
examiner.com ^ | Monday, August 27,2012

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:



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: 2012; assistance; democrats; foodstamps; governmentassistance; govtabuse; nannystate
Absolutely disgusting. THIS is what's wrong with our country. The entitlement mindset. Let's pray for a hugh turnaround come January.
1 posted on 08/27/2012 1:03:11 PM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck

Hugh and series too!


2 posted on 08/27/2012 1:05:20 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: upchuck

3 posted on 08/27/2012 1:06:15 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: upchuck

I got that email today and instantly posted on twitter. Pretty amazing...


4 posted on 08/27/2012 1:08:14 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Time for a shower!


5 posted on 08/27/2012 1:08:38 PM PDT by elephant
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To: upchuck
Feds: Too many americans still have a sense of pride and humanity....

Need more assimilation INTO the collective...


6 posted on 08/27/2012 1:09:59 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: upchuck

Is this Administration that concerned about loosing the White House?


7 posted on 08/27/2012 1:10:19 PM PDT by elephant
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To: upchuck

From CNN

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.

http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2012/08/27/wheres-all-that-government-spending-really-going/


8 posted on 08/27/2012 1:14:15 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: elephant

You KNOW it!!


9 posted on 08/27/2012 1:17:28 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: upchuck
“The federal government administers nearly 80 different overlapping federal means-tested welfare programs. Social Security and Medicare are not part of this category and not included in the figures in this chart,” a statement released on Wednesday by Sen. Sessions’ office reads.

“[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 here’s 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:


10 posted on 08/27/2012 1:21:33 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: GraceG
The ONLY BORG that will assimilate me is

Baraq 0bama Resistance Group

11 posted on 08/27/2012 1:27:23 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO GTFO!)
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To: upchuck

bkmk


12 posted on 08/27/2012 1:30:37 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: upchuck

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.


13 posted on 08/27/2012 1:31:53 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: upchuck

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!”


14 posted on 08/27/2012 1:32:13 PM PDT by faithhopecharity
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To: listenhillary

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.


15 posted on 08/27/2012 1:33:17 PM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

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.


16 posted on 08/27/2012 1:35:36 PM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: upchuck

More than one or two Federal agencies having trouble justifying their existence and budgets!!


17 posted on 08/27/2012 1:40:39 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: upchuck
It amazes me how obese people can become by living off food stamps.

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.

18 posted on 08/27/2012 1:43:41 PM PDT by madison10
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To: upchuck
"'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,' . . . The government got that statistic from a poll asking Americans what helps them the most during tough times. Here are the results:

"Savings 44%
"Family 21%
"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. :)

19 posted on 08/27/2012 1:48:58 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: upchuck

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.


20 posted on 08/27/2012 1:53:10 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: 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.

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.

21 posted on 08/27/2012 1:54:15 PM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: upchuck

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.


22 posted on 08/27/2012 1:55:41 PM PDT by I miss American Motors
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To: upchuck

Oh, Bam, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz . . .


23 posted on 08/27/2012 2:00:23 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: upchuck

I am sick and tired of Social Security and Medicare being described as entitlements
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Ditto!!
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.


24 posted on 08/27/2012 2:07:11 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: upchuck

I’m still waiting for my check for $1 million.


25 posted on 08/27/2012 2:11:42 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: mjp

tough to ask dad for help when you don’t know who he is.


26 posted on 08/27/2012 2:35:46 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: upchuck
so 47% isn't enough on the dole for the RATS???

27 posted on 08/27/2012 3:12:53 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: upchuck

Is it Claire Wolfe Time yet?

"You can't kill the beast while sucking at its teat"

-- Claire Wolfe


28 posted on 08/27/2012 4:06:30 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: upchuck

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!”

N0B0 2012


29 posted on 08/27/2012 4:42:11 PM PDT by hotshu (Redistribution of wealth by the government is nothing but theft under the color of law.)
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To: upchuck

If you look at the chart posted. Social security and Medicaid are NOT included in the total.


30 posted on 08/27/2012 6:20:39 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: upchuck

Chart posted in post # 10. Sorry.


31 posted on 08/27/2012 6:21:50 PM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: upchuck

What’s the matter? Not enough slaves or something?


32 posted on 08/27/2012 6:30:21 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: upchuck

Placemark


33 posted on 08/27/2012 9:31:43 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

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?


34 posted on 08/28/2012 5:20:32 AM PDT by reaganator
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