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Monday, October 10, 2011

Half of Americans are dependent on benefits

The London Dail Mail reports:
Almost half of the U.S. population now lives in a household where at least one member receives government benefits, new Census data has revealed.

Analysis during the first quarter of 2010 found that a worrying 48.5 per cent of people lived in households that were dependent on state handouts.

The figure is considerably higher than in the third quarter of 2008, at the height of the recession, when it stood at 44.4 per cent. ...

The Census found that 14.5 per cent of people in the U.S. shared a home with a person on Medicare, and 16 per cent lived with someone on Social Security.

But it was means-tested programmes that accounted for the most highly utilised, with 34.2 per cent of the population receiving support from food stamps, subsidised housing and healthcare support from Medicaid.

Compare that with 15.1 per cent of Americans who were below the federal poverty line - $22,000 a year for a family of four.
This is a threat to the autonomy of the American family. Americans have long believed that families should be economically self-sufficient, and not dependent on govt handouts. Americans used to be too proud to accept food stamps, if they did not need them. Now, dependence on welfare programs is wided accepted, and integrated into American culture.

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