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Bryan Preston


July 8, 2013 - 10:03 am

CNS News crunches the numbers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012.

That means the number of Americans receiving food assistance has surpassed the number of private sector workers in the U.S.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 97,180,000 full-time private sector workers in 2012.

The population of the U.S. is 316.2 million people, meaning nearly a third of Americans receive food aid from the government.

Not to get all crazy dramatic, but this is you hack the Constitution and bring down the republic. We have takers outnumbering makers, and therefore in a position to outvote those from whom they take. We have a government pushing welfare and aid everywhere it can on one hand, and persecuting job creators through ObamaCare and EPA regulations on the other hand. The net effect has been to kill jobs and move Americans from work to welfare.

The weak economy perversely helps Obama. Dependence breeds voters who vote to defend the aid the government is granting them, and the Obama Democratic Party is the party of welfare. As long as Obama keeps the welfare flowing and the media remain mostly on his side, he has a free hand to do almost anything he wants. By the time government runs out of other people’s money, Obama will be out of office, but will have his Organizing for Action group and its massive databases set up to make him a kingmaker and enemy destroyer for the rest of his life.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Whoever crunched the numbers flunked math. The government report was about multiple agencies administering benefits. 45 million on food stamps, 9 million pregnant women and nursing mothers getting extra nutrition, a million seniors get credits for farmers markets, 4 million kids get a 1/2 pint of milk at summer camp, 4 million kids in day care get milk and a banana or apple, 32 million kids get school lunch at a reduced price, and 10 million get breakfast. Someone just added the numbers together to claim 101 million are on the dole..but most of these are the same group of people. And unless you are disabled , elderly or a child, you have to WORK to get food stamps, or else you get only 3 months of benefits in a 3 year period. Those $8 Walmart jobs put workers below the poverty level so they can get food stamps, medicaid, school lunches. 6 Walmart family members have more wealth than the bottom 40% of Americans combined...yet the taxpayers have to make up for the lack of a living wage paid to their workers. So the numbers are wrong by adding up overlapping participants, "more takers than givers" makes the child getting an apple in daycare cancels a $10 million a year Wall Street stock broker. Many families of our soldiers get food stamps -- struggling to raise kids while the military pays the husband $15K a year while Cheney's Halliburton contractors and Blackwater soldiers for hire -- working alongside our soldiers -- get $100,000 to $250,000 a year! Support the troops, indeed. Does the right EVER look at facts? Obama has put the brakes on government spending growth more than any president since Eisenhower. Obama knocked $555 BILLION off of the deficit. That’s an entire third of the total deficit. That’s more than every president in the history of the country put together. Republicans have been screeching for deficit cuts like demented harpies for years (except when a Republican is in office). If a Republican president did this, the Tea Party would be holding parades for him. Obama did it and 90% of the country doesn’t even know it. The GOP has them convinced the deficit is still going up.

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If things play out as Bryan sees it, then Igor Panarin got the timing wrong, but the eventual outcome correct.
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"$114 billion in fiscal year 2012."

I can remember the howls of horror when the federal budget deficit reached that level. Any way you slice it that's a big number. If, as you say, the takers outnumber the makers and are set to vote themselves ever increasing largesse eventually it becomes impossible to fund. Collapse of the republic is pretty much assured at that point. Think Fall of Rome for a precedent. FWIW, according to historians, provincial farmers in the countryside saw a marked increase in their regular caloric intake in the decades/centuries that followed the FoR while the cities basically depopulated (starved to death?).
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I've found myself recently doing some mild research into the Fall of Rome and had read this as well.

One of the theories I've read noted that living under the Roman system of rules and regulations and laws became so complicated and onerous that the average person began to distance themselves from the government to the greatest extent possible.

I understand Diocletian even made the changing of some professions illegal, forcing generations to remain in whatever profession their forefathers had engaged in, so if your great-great-grandfather was a farmer - you were too whether you liked it or not.

I'm also beginning to consider exactly what actions a Roman citizen, living in Rome itself in 409 AD, would have taken had they been able to foresee at least one year into the future....
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101 million people on the dole.

97 Million People in the private sector.

300 million citizens in the US.

Does this mean the other 100 million plus Americans work in the public sector?

1/3 of the country works in the private sector, 1/3 works in the government sector and 1/3 is on the dole?? Is that about right?
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Children, retirees, handicapped, stay-at-home parents, etc.
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The word you're looking for is "sustainability."
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