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RUNAWAY SOCIAL SYMPATHY

Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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Essay Of The Month
December 16, 2014
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DEPENDENCE IS OUT OF CONTROL

By Michael Snyder

If 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?  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.  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 work ethic.  What would our forefathers say about us today? 

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. About 70 percent of all government spending now goes toward dependence-creating programs. From 2009 through 2013, the U.S. government spent a whopping 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs. The percentage of the U.S. population that gets money from the federal government grew by an astounding 62 percent between 1988 and 2011.

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. Well over 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.  That figure does not include Social Security or Medicare.