Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau.

They also out-numbered the total population of the Philippines.

There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011. That included both private-sector and government workers.

You have to subtract government workers from the total. Some of them do useful work, yes, but none of them are actually in wealth-creation jobs which make possible the looter and parasite classes. I’m not including in those two categories the people who actually do need help, whether due to injury, illness, or some other real misfortune. But the rest — especially the Deputy Director to the Second Undersecretary for the Secretary for Making Things More Difficult — can go find honest work or go hungry.

There’s nothing wrong with charity. There’s nothing wrong with helping. But there’s something seriously wrong when all of it must be done by a shrinking minority.