More than one in five Americans is on public assistance:
“Approximately 52.2 million (or 21.3 percent) people in the U.S. participated in major means-tested government assistance programs each month in 2012,” according to the Census Bureau’s report.
Means-tested programs include Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and General Assistance (GA).
The number of beneficiaries of these means-tested programs has increased significantly over the last decade. According to the Census, in 2004 there were nearly 42 million monthly recipients of these programs. Between that year and 2012, monthly participation increased by 24.9 percent.
The numbers are actually much worse than this story reports, given that taxpayers are also required to help support the 20% of Americans receiving Social Security and/or Medicare. Yes, retirees paid into those programs when they were still working, but Congress ruthlessly spent all that money at the time and stuck today’s workers with the bill. And even that number doesn’t include a few million more Americans receiving public assistance in the form of ♡bamaCare!!! subsidies.
But surely that won’t stop good Democrats from calling working Americans “greedy” for wanting to pay less in taxes, even while we struggle to support our families plus 85 or 90 million non-workers and their “entitlements.”