Sunday, October 26th, 2014

More Than 100 Million Americans Are On Welfare

Michael Snyder
The American Dream
August 9th, 2012
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There are more Americans dependent on the federal government than ever before in U.S. history.¬† According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation conducted by the U.S. Census, well over¬†100 million Americans¬†are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.¬† Many are enrolled in more than one.¬† That is about a third of the entire population of the country.¬† Sadly, that figure does not even include Social Security or Medicare.¬† Today the federal government runs¬†almost 80¬†different “means-tested welfare programs”, and almost all of those programs have experienced substantial growth in recent years.¬† Yes, we will always need a “safety net” for those that cannot take care of themselves, but it is absolutely ridiculous that the federal government is financially supporting one-third of all Americans.¬† How much farther do things really need to go before we finally admit that we have become a socialist nation?¬† At the rate we are going, it will not be too long before half the nation is on welfare.¬† Unfortunately, we will likely never get to that point because the gigantic debt that we are currently running up will probably destroy our financial system before that ever happens.

It is really hard to believe how rapidly some of these federal welfare programs have grown.

For example, the number of Americans on food stamps has grown from about 17 million in 2000 to 31.9 million when Barack Obama took office to 46.4 million today.

The federal government spent a staggering 71.8 billion dollars on the food stamp program in 2011.

That sure is a lot of money to spend on food.

And I thought that my grocery bills were high.

Medicaid is also growing like crazy.

The number of Americans on Medicaid grew from 34 million in 2000 to 54 million in 2011.

Once upon a time, Medicaid was supposed to help the poorest of the poor get medical care.  In fact, back in 1965 only about one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.

But now about one-sixth of the entire country is on Medicaid.

Will we all eventually be on Medicaid?

As I mentioned recently, It is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

And we all know that projections like that are usually way too low.

Other federal welfare programs are exploding in size as well.

For example, federal housing assistance increased by a whopping 42 percent between 2006 and 2010.

The chart posted below was produced by Senate Budget Committee Republican staff.¬† As you can see, the number of Americans on welfare just continues to grow and grow and grow….

Keep in mind that the chart posted above does not even take into account the huge numbers of Americans that are on Social Security and Medicare.

In the United States today, more than 61 million Americans receive some form of Social Security benefits.

Just think about that.

That means that nearly one out of every five Americans is drawing on Social Security.

That is just crazy.

And in the years ahead we are going to see wave after wave of Baby Boomers retire and so the number of Americans drawing on Social Security is just going to keep going up.

The same kind of thing is happening with Medicare.

As I wrote about the other day, it is being projected that the number of Americans on Medicare will grow from 50.7 million in 2012 to 73.2 million in 2025.

Ouch.

That sure does sound expensive.

If you can believe it, Medicare is facing unfunded liabilities of more than 38 trillion dollars over the next 75 years.

That comes to approximately $328,404 for each and every household in the United States.

Will you be able to pay your share?

And that is just for Medicare.

The federal government just keeps becoming a bigger and bigger part of the health care industry.

Back in 1990, the federal government accounted for just 32 percent of all health care spending in America.

This year, it is being projected that the federal government will account for more than 50 percent of all health care spending in the United States.

Americans have become completely and totally addicted to government money, and word has gotten out to other nations that the U.S. is a place where you can live the high life at the expense of the government.

According to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, 43 percent of all immigrants that have been in the United States for at least 20 years are still on welfare.

Keep in mind that the study only looked at immigrants that have been in the country for at least two decades.

Nearly half of them are still on welfare.

Needless to say, the system is fundamentally broken.

And there is no way in the world that we can afford all of this.  We have rolled up the biggest pile of debt in the history of the world and our children and our grandchildren are facing a lifetime of endless debt slavery.

Once again this year we are facing a federal budget deficit of well over a trillion dollars, and very few of our politicians even seem to care.

We just continue to spend money as if it was going out of style.

At this point, spending by the federal government accounts for more than 25 percent of U.S. GDP.

The last time that happened was during World War II when we were trying to rescue the world from the tyranny of the Germans and the Japanese.

If you divided up the U.S. national debt equally, it would come to more than $134,000 for every single household in the United States.

Ack.

Overall, the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 37 times larger than it was when Nixon took us off the gold standard.

We are a nation of debt addicts, and both political parties have been responsible for getting us into this mess.

We simply cannot afford to continue to go down this road.  We need to significantly reduce all categories of government spending.

And yes, we will always need a safety net.

But we simply cannot afford to financially support more than 100 million Americans.

That is absolute madness and it must stop.

So what do you think about all of this?

Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below….

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Contributed by Michael Snyder of The American Dream.

Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream , The Truth and Economic Collapse Blog.

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  • SKIP

    100 million on welfare equals at LEAST 100 million locked in block voters for the Obamuslim virtually guaranteeing his re-election which I predict will happen and then the SHTF.

  • bowlan

    that is what the demecrats want.dependent sheep who are guarenteed to vote demecrat

  • Johnd24

    Third of the country? try at least 25% of the country since theirs only 307 million people in USA. 100 mill would be more like 25%.

    • Anonymous

      It’s 25 percent it total was 400 miliion. Grab a calculator & head back to the dnc.

  • Izzy Kiddnya

    100 million citizens on Welfare?
    Perhaps we need to rethink our Income Distribution?
    Maybe there really ARE folks who earn too much and pay too low a tax rate?

  • tom james

    1. the banksters need to die a horrible death
    2. us senior citzens calling our social security an entitlement is bullshit i paid my money into it so its not an entitlement but getting what i paid in.
    3. jobs every american deserves one but not minium wage what the s has happened the banks and the un and obama has destroyed this country and romeny ????? we need a 3rd party that can stand up to these gangsters the AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE HAD ENOUGH AND ENOUGH OF LOBBYISTS IN DC ANOTHER FORM OF BANK TO OUR CONGRESS AND SENATORS VOTE THEM ALL OUT SEND A FRIGGING MESSAGE NO MORE NO MRE NO MORE
    4. JOBS REPEAL NAFTA CLINTON SIGNED IT AND CHARGE EVERYONE WHO OUTSOURCES 150,000 DOLLARS A MONTH TILL THEY BRING THE JOBS HOME.
    5. STOP BUILDING INTERNATIONAL ROAD TTO CANADA EASIER WAY TO GET ILLEGALS INTO THIS COUNTRY
    6. DEPORT ALL FOREIGN MILITARY TROOPS HERE ALREADY FROM THE UN
    6. DISSOLVE THE UN MORE BANKSTERS ONE WORLD ORDER ONE WORLD BANK????? WE ARE SHEEP BEING SHEERED NOW IS THE TIME FOR THE 2ND AMENDMENT BEFORE THE FEMA CAMPS ARE ACTIVATED.
    7PENTAGON BE AWARE OF YOUR SAYING I WILL DEFEND ALL FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC FOES AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION OF THE USA
    8. IMPEACH OBAMA BEFORE HE CAN DECLARE MARTIAL LAW
    9. AMERICANS STAND UP AND DEFEND YOUR SELVES AND FAMILYS
    10 .. PEOPLE IN SPAIN ARE DUMPSTER DIVING FOR FOOD TO LIVE ON NO MONEY NO FOOD SPANIARDS TAKEING FOOD OFF THE SHELVES TO SURVIVE. WHAT IS HAPPENING.
    WHEN IT COSTS US 40% OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME WE WILL BE THE ONES PULLING THE SHELVES DOWN HOW ABOUT 7OR8 DOLLARS /GALLON FOR FUEL. RUN ON THE PUMPS AND THE BANKS
    11. IT IS TIME TO STAND UP AND SHOW THE FEDS AND BRENACKE THAT NO MORE NO MORE WE ARE NOT TAKEING IT

  • tuco22

    Return to the gold standard. That will eliminate the inflationary component, and all prices will fall. Second, apply actual means tests to social programs. I’m sorry, but people shouldn’t be on disability because they get headaches. Third, repeal the trade agreements. Fourth, eliminate health insurance altogether. One of the reasons medical care costs are so high is because they’re pegged to health insurance. If the insurance plan will pay $1500 for an MRI, then the clinic will charge $1500 for an MRI. Withdraw all troops from around the world and close the bases. The cold war is over, folks, we don’t still need bases all over the world. Put Presidents Bush I and II, Clinton, and Obama on trial for treason and murder. Expel all sitting senators and congressmen from government. Since they have had a hand in the destruction of our country, they should really be exiled from it. That would be a start.

  • appalled

    I see elements of the problem above. One cannot spell, another cannot perform simple mathematics.

    Yet you will be permitted to vote.

    Anyone receiving any kind of assistance funded by the tax dollars of working people should not be permitted to vote until they are able to sustain themselves.

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