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 FoundryThere 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?