More Than 40 Percent of Americans Are on Some Government Program
How many Americans depend on a government program for a basic (or not so basic) need? According to recently released Census Bureau data and Heritage Foundation calculations, the number is 128.8 million. That is the number of individuals directly receiving aid that they depend on for their daily consumption of things such as rent, prescription drugs, and higher education.
That is 41.3 percent of the U.S.population as of July 2011.
Patrick Tyrrell, The Foundry
There is a way out of the dependence-on-government trap. Steps are laid out in Heritage’s Saving the American Dream plan. If this plan were implemented, the economy would grow, government expenses would be held in check, and more Americans would support themselves. Some of the good results for individuals and the country would be:
* More Americans climbing the prosperity ladder.
* Fewer Americans stuck in the rut of “just getting by.”
* Those who currently receive more from the government than they pay in taxes could become contributing taxpayers.
* Catastrophe averted by shrinking the runaway national debt.
* More happiness as the intergenerational cycle of government dependence would be shattered and replaced by an intergenerational cycle of self-reliance and private-sector opportunities for all.
Is it acceptable for 40% of the U.S. population to directly depend on government in one form or another?
Is self-reliance, including establishing one's own safety-net, more desirable than reliance on government?
you are definitely on a crusade.
If it is a crusade against further dependence on government and to encourage more self-reliance and self- sufficiency for those that can........ that doesn't seem like such a bad thing.
Originally Posted by Huskers57
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the good fortune to run into the ones I do…
and the eyesight to tell the difference.
Pretty sure government programs of one sort or another affect 100% of Americans. But yes, the Heritage Foundation's flat tax plan will save us all.
I'm pretty sure you're correct on that. Because if you add up all the ones on the dole, and then all the ones who have to pay for that group, you do get to 100%
Originally Posted by Showman
I asked whether or not it was acceptable for 41% of the population to directly depend on government largesse? Do you think it is?
Originally Posted by Showman
That number doesn't particularly surprise me. There are dozens of different programs that people can avail themselves of. As a parent of a special needs child, I have taken advantage of a number of such programs (respite care, early intervention education). We have recently applied for a Medicaid waiver that will open up access to a number of additional programs.
Originally Posted by OmaHusker
None of that changes the fact that the benefit we receive from these various programs is worth a small fraction of the amount of taxes we pay, or that we go out of pocket for many thousands of dollars a year in special-needs expenses.
But when you look at all the different ways that people can utilize government programs or services, it does not suprise me that 41% of the population can take advantage of one or more of them.
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So they include taking out government backed student loans as being "on the dole"? People who receive social security, which is a program they paid into while working, are on the dole?
I wonder if they include driving on roads and playing in city parks being on the dole, too.
Yeah, I think it's a generalization meant to alarm more than a percentage that truly means much.
Originally Posted by ChitownHusker
Originally Posted by RedPhoenix
Their inclusion of Social Security in those numbers is interesting. Republicans may soon learn that they touch the third rail at their own peril.
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If you consider SS, medicare and medicaid heading to bankruptcy leaving a small number that have to continue to support those 41%ers, yea I would say it's a problem and self reliance is more desireable then reliance on government.
Originally Posted by cm husker
Originally Posted by Warhorse
Just because someone receives social security does not mean they are "reliant" on the government.
Originally Posted by HuZkurZ
Social security is heading to bankruptcy? When?
Originally Posted by HuZkurZ
Do you propose scrapping those programs all together? Because anything else leaves the 41% or whatever intact.
Here's the scoop: The headline and % is simply part of a scare tactic. It has nothing serious to do with really socio-economic policy.
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