For 99.999% of human civilization, mankind has had to provide for himself and his family. Those who couldn’t or wouldn’t work had to rely-upon family or charity to survive. Still, in modern times, Americans act as if the world simply didn’t exist prior to the invention of the welfare state.
Now, 1 in 5 Americans stuff their bellies thanks to the hard work of others. Food, housing, healthcare, internet, phones, air conditioners and countless other goodies are provided for those who cannot or will not provide for themselves.
Now, our nation is roughly split in half between those who pay too much in taxes and those who pay nothing.
This is in part due to the fact that opportunities are not as easy to come by as they once were. Manufacturing jobs have all but disappeared from the U.S. and the “punish the rich” mentality has forced U.S. companies to outsource more and more jobs elsewhere.
The economy has gotten so bad, in fact, that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1 in 5 American families have nobody working.
“Families are classified either as married-couple families or as families maintained by women or men without spouses present,” the bureau explains. “Families include those without children as well as those with children under age 18.”
The rate of families with nobody employed is 19.7%.
There were 81,410,000 families in the United States in 2015. Of those, there were 16,060,000 families in which no member was employed, or 19.7 percent of the total.
The number has remained relatively steady since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking this data since 1995.
That year, the percent of families in which no one had a job was 18.8 percent. The percentage hit an all-time high of 20.2 percent in 2011. It held steady at 20 percent in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, it declined to 19.9 percent and in 2015 it declined again to 19.7 percent.
According to the bureau, an individual is counted as employed if they did any work at all in the survey reference week as paid employees, worked in their own business, profession or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of the family…
“In 2015, about two-thirds (68.2 percent) of families with an unemployed member also had at least one family member who was employed, and 58.8. percent had at least one family member who was employed full time,” the bureau explains.
10.7 percent of families with children under 18 years saw neither parent employed.
“Among families with children, 89.3 percent had at least one employed parent in 2015,” the bureau states. “Among married-couple families with children, 96.7 percent had at least one employed parent; both parents worked in 60.6 percent of married-couple families.”
This is precisely what needs to change. While the left discusses how much socialism we need to take care of citizens, those who continue to work in a system that punishes hard work and disincentivizes growth are growing tired of seeing more and more burdensome taxation and regulation squeezing the economy.