One American in Five Now Gets Public Welfare

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]America is setting new records for public assistance.

One person in every five currently gets public assistance—some type of welfare. The welfare reform of the 1990’s has been abandoned. But there’s been little debate or news coverage while we backslid.

[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Does the bad economy push more people to depend on government, or does dependency create the bad economy by killing the work ethic? Either way, we have over 52-million people on assistance. And this does not count Social Security or Medicare, which are not based on proving need.

The benefit programs include Medicaid and food stamps—the biggest two–also Supplemental Security payments, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, housing subsidies, and utility payments.

Since 2004, the number of people on assistance has grown by a fourth. Those receiving help typically get it for 3 to 4 years. For some, it becomes permanent.

It’s one in five. 52 million people.

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Former Rep. Ernest Istook is founder and president of Americans for Less Regulation. Subscribe to his free email newsletter at eepurl.com/JPojD.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Ernest Istook
Ernest Istook
Former Rep. Ernest Istook is founder and president of Americans for Less Regulation. Subscribe to his free email newsletter ateepurl.com/JPojD.
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