21 Facts That Prove That Dependence On The Government Is Out Of Control In America

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Government Dependence Handouts - Public DomainIf you could stay home and watch television, play video games and hang out with your friends all day at government expense, would you do it?  Of course most Americans that collect money from the government each month are not abusing the system.  Many truly are incapable of taking care of themselves, and others are just receiving government benefits (such as Social Security) that they feel that they have earned by a lifetime of hard work.  But with each passing year the number of Americans jumping on board “the safety net” continues to grow rapidly, and a lot of these people should be able to take care of themselves.  Today, the American people collectively receive more money from the government than they pay in taxes.  And remember, the federal government uses our money to build roads, inspect our food and fund the military as well.  So what does this say about our economy?  Could it survive without all of these debt-fueled transfer payments?  And what does this say about our society?  At one time, our nation was known for our Protestant work ethic.  What would our forefathers say about us today?  The following are 21 facts that prove that dependence on the government is out of control in America…


1. According to a Congressional Budget Office study that was just released, approximately 60 percent of all U.S. households get more in transfer payments from the government than they pay in taxes.  Here is more about this stunning report from Mark J. Perry’s Carpe Diem blog

Some additional analysis and commentary will be provided here that reveal a yet-to-be discussed major implication of the CBO report – almost the entire burden: a) of all transfer payments made to American households and b) of all non-financed government spending, falls on just one group of Americans – the top one-fifth of US households by income. That’s correct, the CBO study shows that the bottom three income quintiles representing 60% of US households are “net recipients” (they receive more in transfer payments than they pay in federal taxes), the second-highest income quintile pays just slightly more in federal taxes ($14,800) than it receives in government transfer payments ($14,100), while the top 20% of American “net payer” households finance 100% of the transfer payments to the bottom 60%, as well as almost 100% of the tax revenue collected to run the federal government. Here are the details of that analysis.


The figures in Row 6 in the table above (and displayed in the graph above) show the amount of federal taxes paid by the average household in each income quintile minus the average amount of government transfers received by those households in 2011. For each of the three lower income quintiles, their average government transfer payments exceeded their federal taxes paid by $8,600, $12,500, and $9,100 respectively, and therefore the entire bottom 60% of US households are “net recipients” of government transfer payments.

2. About 70 percent of all government spending now goes toward dependence-creating programs.

3. From 2009 through 2013, the U.S. government spent a whopping 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs.

4. The percentage of the U.S. population that gets money from the federal government grew by an astounding 62 percent between 1988 and 2011.

5. 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.

6. According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation conducted by the U.S. Census, well over 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.  Sadly, that figure does not even include Social Security or Medicare.

7. Currently, there are somewhere around 40 million senior citizens in the United States.  By 2050, that number is projected to skyrocket to 89 million.  Supporting all of those senior citizens is going to be extraordinarily expensive.

8. Right now, more than 64 million Americans are receiving Social Security benefits.

9. Right now, more than 54 million Americans are enrolled in Medicare.

10. Right now, more than 70 million Americans are enrolled in Medicaid.

11. The number of Americans enrolled in the Social Security disability program now exceeds the entire population of the state of Virginia.

12. If the number of Americans on Social Security disability were gathered into a separate state, it would be the 8th largest state in the entire country.

13. 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.

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

15. The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 46 million today.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. Today, the number of Americans on food stamps exceeds the entire population of the nation of Spain.

19. According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds 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.”

20. 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.

21. Most Americans are not earning enough to support themselves and their families without government help anymore.  The following are some statistics about wages in the U.S. from a Social Security Administration report that was recently released

-39 percent of American workers made less than $20,000 last year.

-52 percent of American workers made less than $30,000 last year.

-63 percent of American workers made less than $40,000 last year.

-72 percent of American workers made less than $50,000 last year.

In order to have a middle class, you have got to have middle class jobs, and those are disappearing from our system very rapidly.

As a result, the number of people that are financially independent continues to drop.

So what will the future look like?

Will the government eventually have to take care of almost all of us?

Please feel free to share your thoughts on all of this by posting a comment below…

  • MissaJim

    This is game over for the USSA. It’s not if, it’s when.

    • kfilly

      We have been the USSA since 1933. That is when people decided they wanted to receive free stuff from the treasury (AKA Social Security). This frog has been boiling in a pot for a long time. The socialist bankers have conquered America, and most Amerikans are too dumb to even know or care.

      • MissaJim

        I would say that the seeds were sown with Lincoln’s winning the presidency then the union’s victory in the war for southern secession. That destroyed states’ rights and created a powerful central government.
        Woodrow Wilson hastened it (federal reserve, income tax, popular election of senators and WWI) then FDR hit the accelerator with LBJ kicking it up further. Obongo has put the pedal to the metal.

        • kfilly

          I agree that Lincoln destroyed the states rights, Grant signed the treasonous Act of 1871, Wilson sold the people into slavery, LBJ worked to hasten the demise. Benjamin Franklin warned that when people are able to vote themselves gifts from the treasury the Republic will cease to exist. Social Security was the first set of government gifts the people thought was a good thing to receive. Social Security was the first overt act of socialism being employed in the USSA.

    • TK


  • kathym2

    It is the Obama way.

  • Carol

    Okay, so you just lost me here. I worked for more than forty years, and paid more in taxes than many people make in income for the “privilege” of getting paid back some small amount when I retired. I ALSO pay taxes on that SS income, and yet you think I am in the same category as the person in front of me at the liquor store on Saturday that didn’t need a smart phone, he just needed his “bama phone” and everyone in the store but me approved and thought it was hysterical. NO ONE HAS EVER given me anything and I resent your article and implications more than I can begin to tell you. I will be unsucscribinhg now.

    • Big Time

      Thats not what hes saying.

    • Mikki2071

      Exactly right. I get fed up with calling S Sec & Medicare handouts. Both are pre-paid annuities fully funded by payments made both during working years and in retirement. By his (and Obama) reasoning, if you buy a life insurance policy and die the policy shouldn’t pay because you no longer need the money.

      He makes some correct points. Welfare & Medicaid is out of control with expenditures doubling in the past 5 years and growing at 20%+/yr. Obama is about to make a policy speech to keep all the illegals which immediately puts them on food stamps, Medicaid, income supplements, Welfare. Another $200 billion/yr and blame the deficit on Seniors not croaking fast enough.

      What about government employees? Why is $10 trillion of unfunded PERS liability never mentioned? Retirement benefits are 4 times S Sec yet public employees contribute little or nothing during their working or retirement years. That’s a handout!

      • jaxon64

        I never read the word “handouts” in the article…and secondly, they are not “fully funded annuities”…if you live to 80 then you will receive far more than you paid into it..and if you have serious health issues or require a skilled nursing center, you will receive multiples of what was confiscated from your checks during your working years.
        The author’s point is that there is no money for all of these benefit promises—you missed the forest for the trees.
        Don’t feel bad–we’re all screwed no matter how we try and save or prepare financially for the future.
        Stock market?–giant bubble with companies borrowing against the value of their companies to inflate/buy their own stock
        Gold and silver? Seriously manipulated by paper contracts and WS selling commodities that don’t even exist to suppress values
        Company pensions? Only if the company stays solvent and doesn’t declare bankruptcy
        401k’s? Already being targeted by the govt and banks for the next “bail in” when the next bubble pops..
        real estate? prices continue to drop or remain stagnant and equity is only accrued through payments after the banks take their mortgage cuts first. Don’t expect any property value increase anytime soon.
        Simple savings and interest? The Fed has suppressed the natural free market and interest rates…plus, do you really want a lifetime of earnings sitting in the bankers hands?
        So maybe getting monthly checks from SSI is a viable retirement plan–at least the Fed Gov can always borrow more funds and promise the labour of our posterity to pay the Banksters back ( or maybe not always)

        • TFJ

          I agree with your assessment but the fly in the ointment you are missing is inflation which Friedman called “taxation without representation.” Madison in 1786 noted that “[Inflation] affects property without trial by jury.”
          The Feds are inflating away the purchasing power of our earnings and savings. Even if you do manage to set up a retirement if the hyper-inflation arises which is the last stage before the currency collapses for a re-set, those savings will be worthless along with SSI.
          That said, there probably is no escape from this trap set up for us. We are all pretty much screwed in the end except for those pulling the strings. If biblical prophecy is correct, the Creator will have the final say. (See Revelation for details.) Still, that likely doesn’t help most of us with this developing currency crisis which we all should be taking steps to prepare for.

    • jaxon64

      I did not see anyone blaming seniors–it is the system itself which is at fault.
      Example–please be open minded and realize these truths. Social Security and Medicare could never have worked in a debt based economy–impossible.
      Inflation alone makes them unworkable.
      The average worker in the 1970’s made less than 20k and in the 1980’s $30k was a middle class, comfortable income. Social Security deductions were appx $700 to $1200 PER YEAR!
      Fast forward to 2014 and those people who were paying $1200 a year in SSI in the 70’s and 80’s are now receiving $1200 to $1500 PER MONTH. The simple fact is, the payouts monthly are far more per annum that what the retirees had confiscated from their checks—The retirees aren’t to blame–let me reiterate before people continue to get offended–the people receiving SSI monthly aren’t to blame. The system could never have worked!
      I will say this—if you are a retiree and SSI is your primary source of income and you couldn’t live without it–you ARE part of the problem. Big Gov told you they would take care of you and you accepted. You did not ensure your independence and like it or not–you are a DEPENDENT. Not like those who have made dependence a career or a lifestyle but you are dependent on the govt nonetheless.
      Inflation made SSI a ridiculous concept…and the raiding of the coffers during the 1990’s ensured that there was no SSI fund drawing any interest ( as if banks pay any interest anyhow). If you paid $40-50 a week for SSI during your years of work, it does not equal the inflation adjusted $1200+ you get now…..so like it or not, it is reality that the govt taxes those currently working to send you a check every month. It is what it is.

    • TFJ

      This person obviously missed the point. I saw no blame being made. Simply pointing out where America is headed. I have worked for over 40 years myself. So what? Does that detract from the fact that America is being transformed into a nation of vassals dependent on the U.S. government for survival? Not a bit.
      No one ever gave me anything I didn’t pay for with my labor either. So? Does that mean that I can ignore reality?
      The response above was inappropriate IMHO in relationship to the message delivered. Perhaps it is better this person unsubscribed. She obviously is missing the point of the blog and taking it all way too personally.
      Hint: The elites creating all of this stuff don’t give a whit about you or the impact of their actions on you. That’s the real point you need to understand. While some idiots play into their game and take their handouts (making themselves slaves in the process) the real parasites are at the top of the chain pulling the strings and feeding off the masses like the blood suckers that they are.

  • SantosGarcia
    • HumbleAmerican

      What does “judge the fatherless. plead for the widow” mean?
      There are people that pray every day, some more then others. Where is this all loving creator at? What is he waiting for? Waiting for everyone to kill each other? Waiting for starvation? Oh wait, those things are already happening. Not to mention, disease, hatred, religious wars, pretty much everything in the bible is actually happening right now. So, where is he at? You ever wonder if the god of the bible is actually the fallen angel that wants to be worshipped? And he created these bodies (hosts) for the angels that followed him. Hypothetically speaking of course, but that theory is no different then what is in the book itself, no?

      • SantosGarcia

        I was raised a Catholic, rejected all forms of religion due to the evolutionary deception taught by the world system, until I had a personal supernatural encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. If you go to my blog, and realize that most of the world has abandoned the true GOD revealed in the Bible, and therefore all nations are under Divine Judgment- your many questions could be answered.

        I despised the Biblical premise of GOD’s ‘identity’ due to grave lack of insight and understanding. HE has a Divine Agenda that WILL be fully manifested. I pray that you will find yourself at the foot of Christ’s cross in genuine repentance- for salvation is only in HIM.

        • HumbleAmerican

          Can you please explain your personal supernatural encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt at the moment, I am really curious about what happened to you, and what your questions were for Jesus.

    • HumbleAmerican

      When you open your mind, you will notice the word wants you to live the double standard life. The god of the book wants you to do as he says, not as he does. He can be a jelous god, but you cannot be jealous of anything. I can go on and on my friend. The book is actually a blend of truth and lies, open your mind and you will see why there is grinding of teeth at the end. How mad would you be if it was wrong, and you worshipped the wrong god, or perhaps that’s what he wanted to begin with, right?

  • Donald Wilson

    Look at it this way everyone in the good ol USSA will ultimately be screwed to the max. We are all about to hit the biggest S*IT storm the world has ever seen. When the derivatives market finally explodes in the coming months or perhaps years….the game will be over for the billions on Mother Earth…The End

    Bravo Two Zero out

  • TK


  • SandraFuhri

    I started as a waitress but I broke so many dishes, I ended up paying to do that job. I wanted to be a teacher but, when I learned I would have to betray families and deceive the children, I knew I couldn’t do that. Then I wanted to be a journalist so I could tell everyone what treason was going on in our public schools. But, in order to keep that job I could only write what I was told to write and even write lies if I was told to. So I couldn’t do that job either. I thought I would start my own business so I went to college to learn. Instead I was hammered with politics and offered credits to support beliefs not my own…so I learned college was not as it represented itself to be. In order to get a degree I must learn to keep my mouth shut and give the answers they wanted regardless of the truth. If I go along, I will be accepted but I couldn’t do that. God commands us to work and he also says there will be a time when no man can work……I prayed and prayed and asked God why…..in His time, He answered, simply, “keep your hands clean”. He is such a good and kind God! Years passed.
    I needed a testimony but had not the words so I asked God to give me one I can share. He gave me this: ” I am a daughter of God, oppressed since my youth, rejected by my husband, written in the book of life”. He also gave me, ” I chastise those whom I love, stay on the straight path and take not my word lightly”. The last part of that was personal just for me but I share it because I know it is important to us all. Our battle is spiritual and we must wear the full armor of God and not take it off. That armor can be found in Ephesians 6:10-18. God is in full control so do not fear ! God Bless!

  • Khaleesi

    The big banks profit like hell from ebt card contracts with the states. And stores such as Walmart, dollar general and Kroger who accept food stamps LOVE that they can pay workers so little that they qualify for food stamps and then simultaneously take in billions from food stamps spent in their stores. They win twice. Bottom line: it looks expensive to us but profitable to the elite.

    Besides that, more of our tax dollars go to CORPORATE WELFARE to huge companies like Intel and Boeing than to public welfare programs like snap and HUD. If were gonna cut someone off maybe it should be the oil industry or the NFL. They have no right to tax funded subsidies.

  • Anthony

    Its gotten to the point that people can earn more money staying at home collecting government benefits than working. Alot of them work under the table type jobs while collecting benefits.

  • CharlesH

    When did we get to the point that we demonize those that did in fact pay into Social Security for a very long time and now just ask that they receive a monthly stipend? Or the military retirees who proudly wore this nations uniform, served it Honorably and only ask that they be able to retire in peace. When did working towards something, attaining a goal then accepting only that which was promised them become such a bad thing? If I want to sit on my couch and eat chips all day or do something more worthwhile and constructive – is it your business? Is your own personal life in such fine order without concerns that you have the time and interest in someone elses?