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18 Stats That Prove That Government Dependence Has Reached Epidemic Levels

Heritage FoundationDid you know that the number of Americans getting benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million?  In other words, the number of people that are taking money out of the system is far greater than the number of people that are putting money into the system.  And did you know that nearly 70 percent of all of the money that the federal government spends goes toward entitlement and welfare programs?  When it comes to the transfer of wealth, nobody does it on a grander scale than the U.S. government.  Most of what the government does involves taking money from some people and giving it to other people.  In fact, at this point that is the primary function of the federal government.

Just check out the chart below.  It comes from the Heritage Foundation, and it shows that 69 percent of all federal money is spent either on entitlements or on welfare programs…

Heritage Foundation

So when people tell you that the main reason why we are being taxed into oblivion is so that we can “build roads” and provide “public services”, they are lying to you.  The main reason why the government taxes you so much is so that they can take your money and give it to someone else.

We have become a nation that is completely and totally addicted to government money.  The following are 18 stats that prove that government dependence has reached epidemic levels…

#1 According to an analysis of U.S. government numbers conducted by Terrence P. Jeffrey, there are 86 million full-time private sector workers in the United States paying taxes to support the government, and nearly 148 million Americans that are receiving benefits from the government each month.  How long can such a lopsided system possibly continue?

#2 Ten years ago, the number of women in the U.S. that had jobs outnumbered the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin.  But now the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps actually exceeds the number of women that have jobs.

#3 The U.S. government has spent an astounding 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs over the past five years.

#4 Today, the federal government runs about 80 different “means-tested welfare programs”, and almost all of those programs have experienced substantial growth in recent years.

#5 Back in 1960, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages was approximately 10 percent.  In the year 2000, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages was approximately 21 percent.  Today, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages is approximately 35 percent.

#6 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the total number of Americans on food stamps has gone from 32 million to nearly 47 million.

#7 Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.  Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.

#8 It sounds crazy, but the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the entire population of the nation of Spain.

#9 According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps is now greater than the combined populations of “Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.”

#10 According to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, 43 percent of all immigrants that have been in the United States for at least 20 years are still on welfare.

#11 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today, more than 70 million Americans are on Medicaid, and it is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

#12 The number of Americans on Medicare is projected to grow from a little bit more than 50 million today to 73.2 million in 2025.

#13 Medicare is facing unfunded liabilities of more than 38 trillion dollars over the next 75 years.  That comes to approximately $328,404 for each and every household in the United States.

#14 If the number of Americans enrolled in the Social Security disability program were gathered into a single state, it would be the 8th largest state in the entire country.

#15 In 1968, there were 51 full-time workers for every American on disability.  Today, there are just 13 full-time workers for every American on disability.

#16 It is being projected that the number of Americans on Social Security will rise from about 62 million today to more than 100 million in 25 years.

#17 Overall, the Social Security system is facing a 134 trillion dollar shortfall over the next 75 years.

#18 According to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49.2 percent of all Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program each month.  Back in 1983, less than a third of all Americans lived in a home that received direct monetary benefits from the federal government.

Many will read this and will assume that I am against helping the poor.  That is completely and totally not true.  There will always be people that are impoverished, and this happens for many reasons.  In many cases, people simply lack the capacity to take care of themselves.  It is a good thing to take care of such people, whether the money comes from public or private sources.  In every society, those that are the most vulnerable need to be looked after.

But it is a very troubling sign that the number of people on government assistance is now far, far greater than the number of people with full-time jobs.  This is not a sustainable situation.  The federal government is already drowning in debt, and yet more people become dependent on the government with each passing day.

The long-term solution is to get more Americans working or starting their own businesses, but the federal government continues to pursue policies that are absolutely killing the creation of jobs and the creation of small businesses in this country.  So our epidemic of government dependence is going to continue to get worse.

And many of these programs are absolutely riddled with fraud and corruption.  Just check out the following excerpt from a recent Natural News article

To understand the extent of this fraudulent waste, go no further than Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who raked in $20.8 million from Medicare in 2012 alone. Dr. Melgen isn’t the only one bathing in the fraud of this crony government program. Medicare dished out over $1 million to almost 4,000 doctors in 2012, according to the new data release analyzed by The Washington Post.

Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is calling on the public for help in identifying fraud. He says, “The program is funded by and large by taxpayer dollars. The public has a right to know what it is paying for. We know there is fraud in the system. We are asking for the public’s help to check, to find waste, and to find potential fraud.”

Instead of fixing their own problems, they want us to help them do it.

Just great.

And of course they always want more of our money to help fund these programs.  In fact, according to Americans for Tax Reform, Barack Obama has proposed 442 tax increases since entering the White House…

-79 tax increases for FY 2010
-52 tax increases for FY 2011
-47 tax increases for FY 2012
-34 tax increases for FY 2013
-137 tax increases for FY 2014
-93 tax increases for FY 2015

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Obama budget with the lowest number of proposed tax increases was released during an election year: In February 2012, Obama released his FY 2013 budget, with “only” 34 proposed tax increases. Once safely re-elected, Obama came back with a vengeance, proposing 137 tax increases, a personal record high for the 44th President.

The more we feed the monster, the larger and larger it grows.

And yet poverty is not decreasing.  In fact, the poverty rate has been at 15 percent or greater for three years in a row.  That is the first time that has happened in decades.

Barack Obama promised to “transform” America, and yet poverty and government dependence have just continued to grow during his presidency.

Not that anyone really believes anything that he has to say at this point.  In fact, one recent survey found that only 15 percent of Americans believe that Barack Obama always tells the truth and 37 percent believe that he lies “most of the time”…

A Fox News poll released Wednesday shows that six out of every ten Americans believes that President Barack Obama lies to the American people, at least some of the time. A plurality – 37% – say that he lies “most of the time,” while another 24% say he lies “some of the time.” Another 20% say he lies once in awhile, while only 15% say that he never lies.

So what do you think?

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  • Steven Woeste

    Please note the following passage (below) from this article. If (about) 1,000,000 dollars was given to (about) 4,000 doctors, that’s only (about) $250 per doctor. That’s not much. Did you mean instead of 1,000,000 dollars (1 million dollars), 1,000,000,000 (1 billion dollars)?

    “To understand the extent of this fraudulent waste, go no further than Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who raked in $20.8 million from Medicare in 2012 alone. Dr. Melgen isn’t the only one bathing in the fraud of this crony government program. Medicare dished out over $1 million to almost 4,000 doctors in 2012, according to the new data release analyzed by The Washington Post.”

    • Tim

      That paragraph is a quote from a Natural News article. The Washington Post article dated April 9, 2014 states that the Medicare program paid nearly 4,000 physicians in excess of $1 million each in 2012.

      • md

        not to side with these docs who have figured out how to scan the system, but many of these seemingly high payments are to a group billing under one name

    • jaxon64

      Not so hard to figure out Steve—to paraphrase, Almost 4,000 doctors in 2012 each received over $1 million from medicare fraudulantly–not so tough to understand, was it?
      Cognitive thinking and reasoning is just plain going away in dumbed down America…

      • Thomas Mrak

        Many middle class and poor people don’t want anyone else to think or be independent.

        That might make them rich or just happier.

        Modern America is a nation of victims and “poor me”.

        A lot of adults have the mindset of children.

  • K

    Whether it is Medicare fraud, illegal aliens, or welfare fraud, or various other Government programs. Do you think the Government could not better control the fraud, in these systems? Do you think the Government could not better control the boarders? The answer is of course they could. Follow the money. As long as special interests stuff money in politicians pockets, to not tighten up these systems. Nothing can change. As long as the Supreme Court, in ruling after ruling supports these corrupt practices. Nothing can change. And as long as the majority of Americans, keep voting these corrupt officials into office time and time again. Nothing can change. The system is corrupt, and looks out only for its’ own best interests.

  • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com/ Ol’ Grey Ghost

    To be able to pull the rug out from someone so that he falls hard unto his backside you must:

    1. Get a rug that slides easily across the floor

    2. Get the person to stand on it for one reason or another

    3. Give the rug a good yank and then you have “Mission Accomplished”

    Makes you wonder why the government wants so many to fall hard on their backsides…

    • Thomas Mrak

      Someone who is in pain and feels weak is easier to control, especially if you teach them they are a victim.

      • RonaldReaganRobotics

        And don’t forget, keep ‘em doped up on anti-depressants and all kinds of other crackpot medications. Crack open a PEOPLE magazine and watch how they mix in the ads for pills between the sexy airbrushed shots of rich and famous slobs… “Wish you had this lifestyle? Doesn’t it bum you out you never will? Try Ambien with your other anti-depressants. Safer than Zoloft!”

        When the zombie on all these drugs finally blows a fuse and goes on a rampage, the message is clearly written: GUNS MUST GO!

        If you refuse the drugs, don’t want the flu shots, choose to eat healthy and try to live a balanced, active lifestyle free of government intervention (as best as possible, anyway)… you get labeled a wacky conspiracy theorist in need of professional help, and the rest of ‘us’ should keep an eye on you!

  • DJohn1

    The problem is there is no reward for working.
    If you work your entire life and retire, then come down with an illness that requires hospitalization, just about everything you ever worked for will be taken.
    The rules of Medicare and Medicaid insure that no one lives to give their children an inheritance if you get sick.
    You can work an entire career for a company, then at age 50, they will fire you for being old. They do this by a method that gets around the Senior discrimination act. It is they make you test to keep your job and increase the qualifications for that job to a point where even though you have worked a job for many years you are no longer qualified to do that job. So they go hire someone young to do it. Or they subcontract the work to someone overseas. Sure makes me want to be loyal to one of these big companies, how about you?
    We give away more money in a week, than I can earn in a lifetime.
    Foreign Aid to countries all over the planet, while our people starve?
    Yeah, that really works, not!
    Nursing homes are a big deal. They are maintaining incompetent people on Medicaid. But there are also a lot of marginal cases that could take care of themselves given the opportunity.
    Someone with a personal Social Security of 800 a month? That is what one person had. The bank and her went round and round. She had fine after fine after fine for an overdrawn account.. She couldn’t take care of her checking account and was mildly depressed and close to dementia.
    The government steps in, puts her in a nursing home, pays for 4,000 plus dollars to keep her there. She was living on 800.
    This story goes on in a sickening way for a whole bunch of people as they get old. They are willing to support someone on 800 a month, but give them 4,000 a month in Medicaid?
    A $400,000 savings account can go right down the drain in the way our medicine and medical system works if you get the wrong disease.

    • seth datta

      We are already enslaved, in the so-called ‘free’ West. Many of us are simply too ignorant or distracted, or simply suffer from cognitive dissonance, to accept this fact.

      Heil Rothschilds!
      Btw, the terrorists Kissinger and Brzezinski are amongst the most guilty people for what Americans and the world are facing today and tomorrow.

    • Hammerstrike

      That is both the problem and the solution.

      When SHTF, the governements could declare martial law to secure absolut power and are backed by the dredge of society but that would kill any motivation to work for the system… unless the worker is a TSA agent, NSA bureaucrat or a SWAT goon who enjoy pointing a rifle at people´s faces, of course!

      Tanks and drones can crush mass protests but with the great majority unwilling to do a proper job, only caring for the next meal or so, the whole system becomes unsustainable. Authority is still lost over vaste areas, where rebellion takes root = less revenues = less authority.

      • Dessie Watkins

        What people don’t comprehend is that declaring martial law to because politicians use legislation to post-pone the impending crises rather than inflame voters who are feeling the stress of already implemented governmental policies.

    • Thomas Mrak

      It’s not just people who’ve “paid their dues” at a company that have issues today.

      It’s also becoming increasingly difficult to start, maintain and grow a business or just work for yourself. If it were easier, more people would have more options for who to work for.

      Not every company is run by people who lack empathy, but the current system ensures the people who lack empathy are the biggest winners.

      The laws benefit the Crony Capitalists. They don’t benefit anyone who has integrity or doesn’t have millions or billions to throw around to begin with.

      Anyone who isn’t willing to harm another person to get what they want is a potential liability to people who think and use the government as their body.

    • Salty Gunner

      True. I’m 59 and have been out of work x 2 years. Once highly sought after, now my resumes disappear into a big black hole. I’m not blaming any employer, they have to pay higher premiums for my healthcare due to age, and much higher due to Obamacare.

    • Larry TD

      Corporations and employers will always find ways to pay less in salary. ACA and Medicare do not weigh in on this. They would pay us all slave wages if they could get away with it.

      • tn5421

        “They would pay us nothing if they could get away with it.” – Fixed that for you.

  • http://leftistconservative.blogspot.com/ Leftist_Conservative

    SHADDUP WITH YOUR BS….SOCIAL WELFARE EXPENDITURES ARE FAR MORE WORTHWHILE THAN THE MILITARY WASTE AND THE CORRECTIONAL INDUSTRY. THERE IS SO MUCH YOU ARE MISSING. GO EFF YERSELF

    • Syrin

      This is the face of the left. This is the peak of their intellectual capacity. Read and digest it. This is where society is headed.

      • Landon

        What an asinine statement. One diatribe on an internet comment section is somehow representative of all liberal ideas? There are plenty of ignorant and ill-informed conservatives too; one could just as easily (and myopically) point to them and say “this is the intellectual capacity of conservatives.”

        When you argue against your opposition’s weakest link, you’re doing a disservice to the opposition, to your own beliefs, and to rational debate itself.

        • aghast

          Poor Leftist_Conservative. He’s really taking a whuppin today. Even a fellow liberal calls him “weak.” This is unplanned irony. I actually feel a bit sorry for him.

      • aghast

        More like indigestion.

      • Thomas Mrak

        If they were as Intelligent as they often they claim, they would learn from history that any attempt to centrally plan an economy as well as individual lives does not work.

    • aghast

      True to Troll form.

  • mike in Ga.

    Just random thoughts to ponder…..
    The famous constitutional lawyer Mark Levin asked a simple
    question April 15, 2014,”Is the federal government still our servants, or
    is it now our master?”

    With nearly every agency fully armed, and with most having
    their own “SWAT” style police force, I have reservations. Having
    placed orders of 2.2 billion rounds of ammunition and over 1 billion dollars of freeze-dried foods, one must wonder the need. Now, all Apache helicopters have been recalled from all state guard reserve units, and all of our tanks have been recalled from Germany, even in the wake of dire threats in Europe, does it seem a logical conclusion that our own government is preparing for war?

  • Time4Truth

    Thirty
    large and profitable U.S. corporations paid no income taxes in 2008 through 2010, said a study on Thursday that arrives as Congress faces rising demands for tax reform but seems unable or unwilling to act. Pepco Holdings Inc, a Washington, D.C.-area power company, had the lowest effective tax rate, at negative 57.6 percent, among the 280 Fortune 500 companies
    studied.

    The statutory U.S. corporate income tax rate is 35 percent, one of the highest in the world; but over the 2008-2010 period, very few of the companies studied paid it, said the report.

    The average effective tax rate for the companies over the period was 18.5 percent, said Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, both think tanks. Their report also listed General Electric Co, Paccar Inc, PG&E Corp, Computer Sciences Corp, Boeing Co and NiSource Inc as among the 30 that paid no taxes..

    • Bratista

      It is disgusting, they pay no taxes and pay their employees poorly too

    • Thomas Mrak

      No one should be paying taxes.

  • Banksters_Rule_the_World

    So, on tax day recognize that the tax you pay is that bill you get for staying stupid, not thinking and not learning from history. Taxation is theft!

    • Hammerstrike

      Inflation is theft.

  • Syrin

    The WHite House counter terror chief just staed that “confrontational” CHILDREN are potential terrorists. See the theme? TOTAL SUBMISSION TO THE STATE !!

    Wake up SHEEPLE !! Now is the time to take a stand. The gov’t is TERRIFIED OF US right now, and they should be, but they still have the power. A wounded uncontrolled beast is something to fear, and that’s where we stand with our out of control gov’t and the American Fuhrer.

    • FirstGarden

      Don’t forget the Russian Fuhrer. And the Iranian & North Korean Fuhrers too. New axis of evil rising?

      Just a thought.

      • Tim

        I don’t see Putin that way. I think he’s an honorable man. Frankly, I have NO respect for the person occupying the White House. I respect his position but not his person.

        • FirstGarden

          ” I respect his position but not his person.”

          Well said.

        • Jay_Sherman

          I had some customers once, who had emmigrated here from Russia (and this was back in the 90′s). One day they came in to say goodbye. They were going back to Russia. They said they had more freedom there, than in this supposed “free country”, and they could not believe how the government interfered with the family and people’s personal lives here.

          I’m no fan of Russia…but I’d take Putin over Obozo/GWB et al, any day.

  • Gay Veteran

    CONFESSION

    I just wanted to apologize to everyone here at the
    blog. As many of you know, I’ve been coming here for quite some time. I have been deliberately antagonistic and disruptive here because that’s what I was paid to do.

    But God has got a hold of me and showed me what I really am, apart from Him. I have been so wrong, not only in my shameless Sodomy, but also in my stinking pride and immaturity. I am so sorry for that.

    Like I said, God has gotten a hold on me. I’m a changed man now. I will never troll for anyone again. And for now on, I will come here and do my best to be kind, harmonious, considerate and respectful of others. Please forgive me.

    Sincerely,
    Gay Veteran

    • NowAlive

      Welcome to true Life, brother: John 17:3

    • GayVeteran

      Notice:

      This post was not written by Gay Veteran.
      It was only a prank.

      • Gay Veteran

        TROLL

        • GayVet-Is-a-Troll

          Said the disingenuous liar.

          • Gay Veteran

            awwwww, mommy needs to change your diaper again

          • Gay Veteran

            disingenuous?
            awwww, the troll learned a new word. Now maybe mommy will give you some ice cream.

          • aghast

            We’re sure you prefer ice cream on cones.

          • Gay Veteran

            “we” again? how many personalities do you have?

          • aghast

            “We” is plural for more than one; in this case, as in several people in a blog that one can safely speak for.
            I’m too tired to shoot popguns with you tonite. It’s been fun. I’ll be back tomorrow.

          • Gay Veteran

            so aghAZt speaks for other people?
            arrogant little troll

          • Gay Veteran

            “…I’m too tired to shoot popguns….”

            being a troll must be tiring

          • Guest

            Still at it I see you stinking degenerate troll.

          • Gay Veteran

            awwww, another troll attacks

        • Jean Bush

          Said the troll.

          • Gay Veteran

            look into a mirror

  • Hammerstrike

    “And many of these programs are absolutely riddled with fraud and corruption.”

    Does 20 millions dollars fraud = +20 millions dollars fedgov debts?

  • Jason7189

    Helping the less fortunate is what Jesus Christ wants, not a generation of unprofitable beggars. Everyone can do something and do it, as if they’re doing it for the Lord.

    2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

    Ecclesiasties 9:10 “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”

    1 Thessalonians 4:11 “and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,”

    • Thomas Mrak

      Yes, but Jesus also taught people that it’s better to teach a man to fish, than to give him fish.

      Giving feeds someone for a day, teaching them to fish feeds them for a lifetime.

  • Bratista

    This is moronic. Firstly, many people who work ALSO receive food stamps, so saying things like more women receive food stamps than work is just ignorant. Many probably do both. Another issue? Business owners and corporations don’t want to pay a living wage, but plenty of those in the upper echelons also don’t want things like food stamps. Can’t have both. Pay fair wages and people won’t need extra assistance. I work and am on food stamps, so are a lot of people I know. After rent, bills, and other expenses, I earn less than nothing and even so, since I am self employed, I end up paying taxes. The Heritage Foundation is such propaganda, right up there with Fox and MSNBC.

    • RonaldReaganRobotics

      Well, define ‘other expenses’ and ‘fair wages’. Hey, not trying to start anything (obviously I don’t know your personal situation so I’m not presuming anything)… But if your expenses include cable tv, latest phone, nice vacation, etc, those aren’t really necessities. I have worked minimum wage and cut back on the luxuries until I found something better. No one forced me to work for cheap, just that was all I could find at the time.

      I have known ALOT of people that do work and get some kind of additional benefits from the govt, so they can also afford the latest iphone or plasma tv. If you don’t have enough money for something, you don’t buy it. Pretty simple, really. You’re not entitled to it just because your neighbor has it.

      I don’t see anyone going hungry where I live. There’s EBT from the state/fed, and large boxes of free groceries given out at every church in town, every week. The schools have the breakfast and lunch programs, and even give kids snacks to take home. You might not be able to get McDonald’s every day, but you won’t go hungry.

      No job owes you anything beyond the wage you agreed to when you got hired (and a safe working environment as outlined by our govt’s labor depts). So what is a fair wage for flipping burgers? $15/hr? $20? How about $65? But common sense dictates that a job flipping burgers isn’t supposed to sustain a family of four, nor pay for a hawaiian cruise. That’s why people quit a job like that once they get some education or use their free time to find something better. If we all could earn a great living doing the most basic, entry level work, who is going to care about curing cancer or building a better car that uses less gas?

  • Bobby

    If the rotten two party system, had been responsible for social security,there would not be the slightest justification in calling it an “entitlement”. People had their money forcibly removed for this ‘benefit” and instead of investing it, the democrat party allowed it to be used for such things as supporting massive illegal immigration and for other politica purposes it was never intended for.

  • skyway1234

    There was a recent article that stated 250 million prescriptions were written for anti-depressants alone in the year 2010 in the US. 70 million people in the US are taking mind altering drugs. 60 million admit to abusing alcohol. Very few Americans are sober, whether they are average citizens or within the leadership of the country, so we don’t even have a starting point in terms of getting the nation on the right track. Think about it. What do drug addicts do? They spend money, don’t they? They beg borrow and steal and they can’t think straight, so their lives are always a train wreck. Well…thats what we have at the helm – people who are messed up and nobody is checking up on them.

    • Thomas Mrak

      That’s what a corrupt government WANTS. People who are fear-filled, afraid, and unaware of reality.

      • Jean Bush

        Remember, the weaker, sicker, broker & more confused we are, the easier we can be controlled.

  • Jay_Sherman

    The typical American worker has a hard time today supporting one or two children [Uh...I mean THEIR OWN children. It would be a lot easier if they didn't have to support OTHER people's children, through the government's forced redistribution-of-wealth scheme].

    Meanwhile, people on the dole often have 5, 6, or more kids!

    We’re subsidizing the lowest segments of society to reproduce.

    And what many people don’t ralize: Even many working people are now being gtiven entitlements- everything from foodstamps; medicaid; and housing subsidies; to getting tax “refunds” which are more than the amount they “paid” in taxes!

    I see a lot of people who have no ambition and no skill, who are living their whole lives working at minimum-wage jobs, so they can keep getting these benefits- as they raise a bunch of kids (Again, having kids is the key to getting entitlements, for the able-bodied).

    It’s gotten to the point where the leeches and looters now out-number us. The good news is: This is not sustainable- and will mean the demise of the system which created such a scheme. The bad news is: They have destroyed our country and our economy; and will be coming for what’s left of our rights and assets [By "they", I mean the thugs who run said system...]

    • Jay_Sherman

      Oh…. And there is any easy solution to this problem. STOP increasing the benefits every time they make a baby!; Or better yet, stop welfare entirely!

      Imagine if the average project-dweller knew that having another baby would NOT mean more money being given to them, but instead, would mean that they’d have to give up their cigarettes or cell phone to feed the little bastards? Problem solved!

      • RonaldReaganRobotics

        Don’t forget that we are ‘punished’ for not breeding like rats by paying more in taxes.. and if you are married and choose not to have kids, your taxes will reflect that. While a single dad with two kids gets his ‘refund’ of two or three grand (from working a minimum wage job), you are lucky you get anything back… My wife and I have experienced this first-hand. Whatever you do, don’t be responsible or even try to be self-sufficient in the US of todAy, unless you like having your paychecks raided by the fed.

        • RonaldReaganRobotics

          BTW, you took the words right out of my mouth, Jay! Great post.

        • Jay_Sherman

          Well-said! I used to know someone who had 15 kids (!!)-I think you stop paying any income tax around 9; got reduced property taxes; etc. Meanwhile, living in one of the most expensive and heavily-taxed areas in the country- and you and I have to pay to dumb-down..errr…I mean “educate” all of those 15 kids, while daddy gets a free ride and entitlements; and no taxes taken out of his paycheck.

          It’s just proof of how any system which redistributes wealth is unjust. And the sad thing is, that people are so used to this garbage, that they think it a radical idea that people should be solely responsible for their own lives and families; and should alone bear the consequences or rewards of their own choices and actions.

          Ditto with the elderly too. Turn 62, and never had the discipline to save and buy a house (or maybe ya refinanced it to take a vacation or buy a nice car?)…no problemo- why even bother? The state will take care of you!!!

          In fact, we’re the stupid ones, for saving and being responsible…because, as you pointed out, we are penalized for doing so, while others are rewarded at our expense for being irresponsible.

  • Don_in_Odessa

    So, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

    Where do sign up for my share of the handouts and how do I phrase the lies that make it possible? Anyone know of doctor who will sign off on a hard to disprove disability for me an my wife?

  • Kevin M Benderman

    I pay into my social security account, as does my employer, it is not an entitlement, it is my money. These stats are pure bs. If they don’t want to give my my money, take me out of the ssi system and give me all of the money taken from my check since I have been working. Entitlement? You’re damned right, I am entitled to my money.

    • Thomas Mrak

      Given that it isn’t money you can choose to invest yourself or give to a financial professional, and it goes to the government and is spread out to who knows who, then it’s a Ponzi scheme, and not an investment.

      You pay more into it than you will ever get out, and it’s younger people who pay for you, as you have and are paying for older people.

      • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com/ Ol’ Grey Ghost

        “You pay more into it than you will ever get out,…”

        That is relative. If one retires at 65 and then lives beyond 70, one will recoup more than one paid in. But you are correct that it is mostly a wealth transfer from those who are working now, and those yet unborn, to those who are retired. As well as a Ponzi scheme it is also a vote-buying program…

    • Guest

      You’re right that it’s your money. I’m 38 years old, and I doubt that I will ever see any of the money that has been withheld from my wages in the form of Social Security taxes. The reason is that the social insurance programs, including Social Security, are insolvent. The federal trust funds contain nothing but IOUs. The federal government is operating a Ponzi scheme that dwarfs what Bernie Madoff did. It’s called Social Security.

      • Mike of Darwin

        Or maybe “Socialists’ Security?”

  • Ojr

    they left out all the monies that go to all the gov ,cia ect.plus allthe billins ect that go to the jews.and all the money to mexicans ect that are not citizens living in mehheko ect.this piece is total propaganda and is obscuring all the that trillions are gone missing from the gov ect and that get pumped into foriegn countries in pay offs ect

  • DJohn1

    They left out Foreign Aid to other countries while people in this country are on welfare and unemployment. The space budget alone is fairly high. Not to mention the inefficient way we enforce income tax with numerous agents. Or the fact that we support the EPA with a huge amount of regulations. I would be interested in numbers on all of the above.

    The companies not paying? They paid a Congress up front to give them loopholes so that they didn’t have to pay income tax.
    Or how about companies leaving our shores to more lucrative tax benefits and lower wages.
    They paid to get people elected that would give them these benefits.
    There is a money trail out there and it is not even hidden.
    We need to get back to a little bit more honest way of doing things.
    We need to stop confusing with multiple regulations that often contradict one another.
    Just once, I would like the courts to rule all of this junk is unconstitutional based on legalese rather than plain American English. I think we need to keep law simple enough for an average citizen to understand it.

    I would like the courts to quit discriminating between people who can afford a lawyer and those that cannot.
    One of the most famous quotes from the Godfather series was when he confronted the Undertaker. The Undertaker sought justice for the rape of his daughter by three young bullies in school.
    He roughly stated that the courts are money oriented not justice oriented and that is why the three young bullies got off free for raping this man’s daughter. He also stated he owned people both in the justice system and the Congress. I think that fictional novel had a lot of truth in it.
    In the novel, this undertaker got justice. Not from the courts, but from the very crooks the courts were supposed to stop.

    In 1970s, that was not really well known. How far we have come that people do this openly instead of behind closed doors. It is a sad day when the common person cannot get justice in a court of law under the current rules.
    Michael has pointed out some important things currently going on in our government system of rules. That system now is almost all a combination of wealthy companies and a communistic form of welfare that more and more people are sucked into.

  • Lydia Long

    To be honest, I don’t see it improving. Once people are on welfare, it’s next to impossible to get them off of it.

    • RonaldReaganRobotics

      Yeah, and now we have “generational welfare”. ‘Grampy was on welfare, Mama is on welfare, and once I’m 18 I’m going to be on welfare’. We have entire family trees of people on some kind of disability or welfare program. Creepy… They say they will riot if the welfare ever stops. And I believe it. But I think it will be a short protest, as most are so out-of-shape from being parked in front of the idiot box the past ten or more years. Imagine a whole army of screaming losers on scooters rolling onto the white house lawn?

      • RonaldReaganRobotics

        If you guys like “The Walking Dead”, yer gonna love this very real “zombie” apocalypse!

        • mikeymike61

          I was thinking the same think,
          it will be like zombie apocalypse,
          aimless knee grows walking around with nothing to do but steal and rob

  • mittens

    Social Security is not an “entitlement,” you stinking asshole. I paid into it every day of my working life.

    • Tim

      Yes, most working Americans do pay into Social Security. But the program is insolvent. There is no money in the so-called Social Security trust fund. Current withholdings from working Americans are used to pay current Social Security recipients.

    • Nicknakthetruthspeaker

      dude, you have been scammed!

    • mikeymike61

      you paid into medicare and Medicaid also,
      sucker,, ,ha ha

  • Salty Gunner

    I’ll throw this out for all the readers–I’m not panicking about what it com in and I’m convinced it is inevitable. But I am beginning to wonder how long a nation that lives on debt and paper money can last. I once thought the whole show was coming down 5 years ago. Now I don’t have a clue. Thoughts?

    • Tim

      Many are astonished that The Powers That Be have been able to keep the system going this long. The truth is nobody knows how much longer this will continue. We do know that the current state of things, particularly here in the U.S., is unsustainable and it cannot continue for long. We just have to prepare accordingly and remain vigilant.

      That’s just my two cents.

      • Salty Gunner

        Thanks, Tim. Your advice is wise. It was 1992 that I first became convinced of a coming economic earthquake, which I thought could not go past 2005. I didn’t realize how much debt could be absorbed. But it is a matter of time.

        • Tim

          Wow, you woke up even earlier than I did. It was around 2002 or so that I began to understand that we were on an unsustainable path. When the crisis hit in 2008, I thought that was the end. I am utterly amazed they managed to cobble the economy back together. Right now things are eerily quiet. I’m starting to think that the next downturn will hit suddenly.

          • Salty Gunner

            I’m just old and gray. I was in my mid to late thirty’s and came across a book by Larry Burkett, a financial counselor. He laid out of the issue of the exponential growth of national debt and convinced me that (1) it was unlikely that the US gov would cut spending, (2) the FED would most likely print money, and (3) it would be wise for me to get out of debt completely. So, I followed his advice. Were I a bit younger and had more money, I would have gotten into rental properties, another of his key responses. He died in his 60′s, sadly. His theory was a little skewed in one way only–he saw the economy as going through 60 to 70 year cycles, just because it did. I agree with him but now understand that it is do to the boom and bust cycle that the Austrian economic folks talk about. Burkett was not a complicated man and I’m glad that I stumbled across him. I’m like you, I think that when it hits, it will hit suddenly, that is , it will gain momentum and fall apart faster than we imagine.

  • Larry TD

    I don’t see a slice for corporate welfare….

  • mc hammer

    Remember when NAFTA was signed and Bill Clinton talked about how good it would be for the country and jobs would grow instead of leave the country? The politics we have now and the land grab of state property by the feds all started during Clinton’s years and the democrats and the media want to make you think we are going to need Camelot part 2 with Hillary as the next President. Like a fish needs an empty waterless fishbowl ! Hillary Clinton will socialize the country and be a rubber stamp to Obama, Obamacare will become Hillabamacare….and she will want it to be that way. Beware !

    • Hammerstrike

      They planned on jobs leaving other countries because they assumed workers in these countries where just too incompetent and unskilled to be any real competition.

  • hon788

    We are encouraged to go the free route, like its the American way, this has been instilled by the latest President.

  • Citizentobe

    OBSCENE!

  • Robert Alfeld

    I find it to be very distressing that the far right always point to retired people as the cause of our nation’s money problems. I recently retired and I can say that I worked 40 plus years during which time I never received any government assistance. I paid during these years for SS and Medicare on every paycheck. In short, I paid for these benefits. I find it very insulting that people on the far right suggest that I and other in my age group a now “freeloders” sucking off the government. Funding for the SS system has never been or is it now the problem. The problem is that past administations have raided the SS fund for other agendas, examples being things like the wars in the Middle East and Star Wars. Now the same people who created the funding issues to begin with now point at people like me because its now time for for me to collect. You people should be ashamed of yourselves

    • Jean Bush

      Bingo! Thanks, Robert. You said it very well.

      • mikeymike61

        hey jean, the mail man just arrived with your gubment check

        • Jean Bush

          Unfortunately, Mikey, they only direct deposit now, but thank you for alerting me.

          • mikeymike61

            wow, you don’t even have to get out of bed!

          • Jean Bush

            :P

    • Star Rusca Woodbridge

      i see it the opposite way Robert. i see people concerned that the money YOU earned (and entrusted to the govmt) is being managed very poorly. by the time you belly up to the table for your well earned portion, it’s is gonna be gone.

    • Ruralgirl

      No one is talking about you. They are talking about the people who DON’T work and DON’T contribute their fair share yet feel entitled to get all the benefits.

    • mikeymike61

      hey Robert, ever get the feeling you been cheated?
      ha ha, let me guess, you voted dem, now you cant understand what happened. priceless.

  • Robert I Finkel MD

    The $20.8 million dollar Medicare payout to Dr. Melgen in 2012 is unbelievably misleading. A huge percentage of that amount is for drugs injectable into the eye for macular degeneration. His “profit” on these drugs is probably 4-6% since that is what Medicare allows for reimbursement above the cost of the drug, SOMETIMES.

    Let’s really get to the numbers released by CMS for 2012 Medicare payments. Number five on the list of specialties is Rheumatology – my former specialty. Averaging the total paid over the 708 rheumatologists in the data released, each rheum doc was paid $1,000,000. To quote Forrest Gump, “They said it was a million dollar wound, but I never saw the money. The army must have kept it.”

    To illustrate, if I, as a rheumatologist, placed 20 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients on infliximab, a “biological drug for R.A. given by vein in my office, at the FDA approved median dosage and frequency of administration, the money that Medicare would have paid me for this drug for those patients would be $1,000,000.
    Of this we were lucky to earn a 5% “profit” which would be $50,000. This would cover – (1) doctor fees to supervise the patient, (2) registered nurse expenses to administer the drug, (3) money for supplies to administer the drug – it’s not a Coca Cola where you can open the bottle and drink it, (4) rent and other expenses so the patient has a place to sit while getting the drug over 1.5-2 hours, et cetera, et cetera. NOT TO MENTION the fact
    that the $1,000,000 paid would cover 20 patients getting this intravenous treatment every 6 weeks for a full year.

    Yes, the data is possibly true – although that too is doubtful. But it requires knowledge and interpretation, not just the assertion that Dr. Melgen got a $20.8 million wad of money that he took to the bank.

    By the way, if these 20 patients got the infliximab at maximum FDA approved dosage and frequency, the Medicare tab would have been $1,500,000 – using 8-9 year old figures since that’s when I retired so that I wouldn’t have to subject myself to the kind of crap that the CMS (Center for Medicare Services) release of “data” has caused.

    • Jean Bush

      Thanks for the clarification, Dr. Too many conspiracy writers fling blame around like buckshot without analysing the subject data.

      • Robert I Finkel MD

        JB, You’re welcome. What really puzzles me is that the Government seems unable to identify the rare doctors who really are scamming us all and committing fraud.

        • Jean Bush

          Is it really that rare, Dr.? And even so, what can we do about it?

          I think we all want our “services rendered” to benefit us, as patients.

          • Robert I Finkel MD

            JB, How rare it is difficult for me as a former private practice rheumatologist to say. I can only relate my personal experience. As an officer of “my” 90-95 doctor group with limited access to doctor’s financials, I never felt that any of our docs were scamming the system. Some were pushing the envelope a little most likely. But fraud, I don’t know.

            My guess would be that Medicare should look at those who are outliers – perhaps 5% of doctors. Outliers don’t necessarily indicate fraud, but it would be a good place to look.

            Medicare audits are an iffy propostion. Over-coding “errors” are projected to the entire practice i.e. 100 charts audited, 5% are over-coded; therefore, 5% of all the doctors bills are dinged. These are not balanced against under-coding. Under-coding is considered fraud – cheaper billing to induce over untilization. So, you can’t win – 5 over-codes are not balanced against 3 under-codes, they’re added together.

            Audits are conducted by third party contractors who are not judged by the accuracy of their audits but by how many scalps they get.

            It’s a messy process. I wasn’t high enough on the food chain to give you a better view of the process. From the trenches, it looked like “shoot the whole lot and you’ll get rid of the few rotten eggs.”

            I doubt that I answered your question but have hopefully given you a little prospective from the other side.

            I can tell you that the process is so ugly that were I not retired I would probably taper off my medicare practice over a few years and then quit medicare altogether. I wouldn’t have made a good martyr – getting burned at the stake with a smile on my face – is not my cup of tea.

          • Jean Bush

            Well, Robert, you definitely intrigue me. You answered very well although I had to look up “undercoding,” haha.

            Insurance is such a tricky business that it sounds like you’re glad to be retired. I’m not a doctor, just a little office scruff, but have to work 2 more years while I bank my SS check as my ex-fiance’ drove me into bankruptcy and I have nothing saved yet.

            I’m in CA and have Kaiser though I dread retiring and being stuck with Medicare which seems to take a third of SS.

            I appreciate the time you’ve taken for my silly questions, I’ll see if I can come up with another one:)

            PS: I don’t burn very well, either.

          • Jean Bush

            I’ve replied twice to you but it’s not getting posted. I was nice! Haha!

            Well, Robert, you intrigue me; you answered very clearly though I had to look up under coding:P

            I couldn’t deal with all that insurance, I’d go nuts. Sounds like you retired at the right time.

            I have Kaiser but have to work another year and a half so I can bank my SS check, as I just got out of BK7, thanks to an ex-fiance’ and need to save for a year.

            I’m dreading Medicare and hope I don’t end up on friggin’ Obamacare. Ugh!

            PS: I don’t burn well, either. Hahaha!

  • GayVeteran’sConscience

    “What if the Bible IS true??
    I’d be toast.”

    • Gay Veteran

      you need to stop your LIES

      • mikeymike61

        maybe he would be toast?

  • Jean Bush

    Excuse me, but I EARNED my SS and will started getting it in July. SS is NOT an entitlement. Michael needs to separate the thieves from the earners.

    • Hammerstrike

      Your money have been wasted, ***ed away.

      The whole scheme is effectively bankrupt and the money you get from SS have been borrowed from others to delay that coming into the open.

    • Elem187

      Sorry Jean, but the politicians you voted for, lied to you.
      They lied to you about this money being there when you retire, its not, it was spent buying votes by both parties. And your opinion that it is your money and you will get it anyway you can is basically saying you cannot wait to vote for politicians who are going to steal it from your grand children. Because your grand children will be paying into it, into YOUR pocket, but they will never ever recieve a dime in social security when they go to retire. Its a sham.

      If you feel fine ripping off your grandchildren, thats on your conscious, thats your peragotive, but don’t act like you are entitled to your grandchildrens money, you aren’t. But there is plenty of politicians willing to pander to your belief of entitlement.

      • Jean Bush

        You assume too much from a simple statement; I have no children, grand or otherwise. I don’t vote and am receiving what I put in. Future generations will have to take care of themselves.

        • mikeymike61

          thank you for not voting.

  • Tim

    Jean,

    Michael has written quite a few articles about government waste. For example, Google “60 Completely Outrageous Ways The U.S. Government Is Wasting Money.”

    • Jean Bush

      Thanks Tim, but I was irritated that his article assumes government recipients are costing the government too much.

      • mikeymike61

        uh……they aren’t?

      • chris12138

        They’re not?

  • Benign

    The USA is run by murderous plutocrats who are engaged in mass murder by crony capitalism

    • Will Rogers

      and corporatism.

      • mikeymike61

        its the crony part that is the problem

  • Cronos17

    I could buy a two story house in Pasadena with my share of the unfunded benefits liability. I do not want to be around when the government tries to collect that!

  • Don C

    When your first bullet point comes from Terrence P Jeffrey, who is in charge of a conservative ‘internet news’ service, your article has no more credibility. The numbers don’t come from a legitimate organization, just a republican propaganda site. Get some non biased facts and maybe it would be worth reading.

    • Will Rogers

      Just google “year budget pie chart” and look at the breakdown. While the welfare counts for most of our debt it is not even close to 70% (I believe). Haven’t verified 2013 yet.

    • mikeymike61

      yes, no one is on welfare, the 6point something unemployment number is dead on,
      all new jobs are high tech and very high paying jobs.
      obamacare is going to revolutionize healthcare in the USA while cutting costs,
      did I miss anything?

      • Jean Bush

        Yes, your brains.

        • mikeymike61

          this is your brains,
          this is your brains on liberalism,
          any questions?
          (insert fried eggs photo here)

  • Will Rogers

    I thought SNAP accounted for 4 billion in corporate welfare to the soda manufactures…2012 that is.

  • Jean Bush

    Sorry for the double post, it wouldn’t post when I first typed it so did it again.

  • Gord

    This is pathetic! Do you not understand. The Federal Reserve, a private business literally makes money, by putting together the U.S. dollar. It then lets people borrow all the money it makes for that amount of money plus interest. That means that for every U.S. dollar, more than that U.S. dollar is owed. That is the actual reason we have debt. It is not payable. I used to think that the debt that was made this way was just a number that would never effect the U.S. people, but I was wrong. That is what this debt was made by, not welfare. If you do not believe me, just look up these three simple words in your Google search engine and explore what you find. These words are Federal Reserve enslaves.