Welfare Slaves: At Least 35% Of Americans Receiving Welfare.


Potentially the most insidious trend amongst the populace of America is the entitlement mindset. This is a truism; we hear it all the time. That does not make it any less true.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a staggering 35% of all Americans receive some type of federal welfare benefit. And that’s just federal benefits; the number does not take any potential state-level or lower benefits into account. Furthermore, this number only accounts for “means-tested” programs, meaning food stamps and such. It does not include Social Security and Medicare payments.

On CNSnews.com, we read:

09,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau…

But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.

When those receiving benefits from non-means-tested federal programs — such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and veterans benefits — were added to those taking welfare benefits, it turned out that 153,323,000 people were getting federal benefits of some type at the end of 2012.

Subtract the 3,297,000 who were receiving veterans’ benefits from the total, and that leaves 150,026,000 people receiving non-veterans’ benefits.

The 153,323,000 total benefit-takers at the end of 2012, said the Census Bureau, equaled 49.5 percent of the population. The 150,026,000 taking benefits other than veterans’ benefits equaled about 48.5 percent of the population.

How do you put in perspective the 109,631,000 people taking welfare, or the 150,026,000 getting some type of federal benefit other than veterans’ benefits?

Well, the CIA World Factbook says there are 142,470,272 people in Russia. So, the 150,026,000 people getting non-veterans federal benefits in the United States at the end of 2012 outnumbered all the people in Russia.

This is an extremely problematic situation. I often talk with people who think this is no big deal, that it’s even a morally good situation: “If these benefits are helping poor people live better lives, then I don’t see what the problem is. I’m not greedy!” First of all, I highly dispute the notion that welfare is of much help to anyone in the long run, and actually destroys people. But even that notwithstanding, the point is that now we seem to have a large segment of society relying on government handouts to maintain their lifestyles. Some people may live entirely on welfare, some might only be living partially on welfare, but either way, these are people who are now depending on the welfare to maintain their lifestyle. They are planning ahead on the assumption that they can continue to draw checks and benefits for as long as they need to, because surely, the government will be there for them.

Unfortunately, the problem goes even deeper than just people planning their lives around government welfare. The Welfare State has poisoned the minds of people in America. People are beginning to see welfare benefits not as just some kind of safety net, but as something that taxpayers legitimately owe them. When we read articles about financial hardships people are facing, we often hear stuff like this:

On a call with reporters earlier this week, several House Democratic women invited Mary Lowe of Ironton, Ohio, to share her story with reporters. Lowe had a bachelor’s degree in health care administration and worked in a major medical center for 15 years until her employer began large-scale layoffs. She was laid off from a position as the general manager at a local restaurant chain, and has applied for jobs paying as little as $10 an hour but was deemed too qualified. She supports her husband, whose business had gone under and who suffered a stroke two weeks ago, and her adopted daughter, Sophie, on benefits of about $325 a week.

“The callous indifference displayed by lawmakers is just beyond comprehension,” Lowe said while fighting back tears. “I hope and I beg that they restore and renew these benefits, and do it without delay. It really directly will impact whether I can keep my home.”

Do you hear what Mrs. Lowe is saying? She is attacking lawmakers for not renewing her welfare benefits. She calls them “callously indifferent” for not renewing her welfare benefits, which she seems to believe the government owes her. Of course, what this really means is that she believes taxpayers owe her welfare. She believes the government should take money from people who are working and give it to her. YOU owe her a house. Get it?

Dependence on the government is a terrible thing, especially because the US government will be unable to pay out forever. The numbers mentioned at the beginning of the article were from 2012; I think it’s safe to say that the number of Americans on welfare has grown. This number will likely continue to rise and rise. At some point, which I have explained in-depth before, the Federal Government is going to be unable to make payments, literally. I think a lot of people, especially those on welfare, think this is impossible. They see the government as the almighty deus-ex-machina that will always be able to save them at the last minute. These people are sorely mistaken.

At some point, probably decently soon, the welfare machine is going to lurch to a halt. All of the people relying on welfare to maintain their lifestyles are suddenly going to find that the government is not there for them any longer. What does this mean for them? I’m not saying people will starve in the streets. But people will have to take a lifestyle hit. Those who have relied on welfare to maintain a lifestyle at some level will have to be willing to take a lifestyle hit. Have you seen how low-income Mexican immigrant families live? That is how, at the more extreme end, some American families will be required to live in order to maintain a lifestyle within their means. Does that suck? You bet. But when the government turns out it’s pockets, will there be any other choice? Not really.

America has become utterly poisoned by the welfare mentality. The rate of savings amongst average Americans is at an all time low. The debt mindset has exacerbated this. Americans are becoming increasingly present-oriented, which is worse than it sounds. Instead of focusing on and planning for the future, Americans are increasingly focusing only on the present and assuming the government will be their to grease their own wheels in the future. They are assuming that they can use government welfare as a cushion of sorts to pad their own lifestyles without significant planning for the future. These people are sorely mistaken.

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