American Elephants

One Third of Our Population is Receiving Welfare. Thanks, Obama. by The Elephant's Child

“The federal government administers nearly 80 different overlapping federal means-tested welfare programs,” according to the Senate Budget Committee. The figures shown in this chart do not include those who benefit only from Social Security and/or Medicare.

Food stamps and Medicaid make up  a major chunk of the more than 100 million recipients. “Among he major means tested welfare programs, since 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.” says the Senate Budget Committee. “Spending on food stamps alone is projected to reach $800 billion over the next decade.”

The US Census’ Survey of Income and Program Participation shows that nearly 110,000 million individuals received a welfare benefit in 2011.  (These figures do not include other means-tested benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit or the health insurance premium subsidies included in the President’s health care law.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the premium subsidies, scheduled to begin in 2014, will cover at least 25 million individuals by the end of the decade).

This is not just Americans. “These figures include not only citizens, ut  non-citizens as well.

110 million people is one-third of our population. What is the tipping point where the productive people can no longer afford to support the rest. The federal government is vigorously trying to increase the numbers of people on food stamps and on welfare. Why do we have to support illegal aliens? Why are we buying food stamps for people who shop at Whole Foods? How much of these programs is simply fraud?

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