The average individual who relies on Washington can now receive benefits valued at $32,748. That’s more than the nation’s average disposable personal income of $32,446! Is it any wonder that so many people are leaving the workforce?
Of course the unemployment rate is going to tick down when you have that kind of incentive not to work.
Did you ever think you would live to see the day in America when it became more profitable not to work than to have a job?
It brings to mind my eye-opening personal encounter with a welfare plagued homeless man in Fort Myers Beach, Florida this past summer.
And make no mistake, that’s exactly how Barack Obama and his minions want it.
According to the Heritage Foundation’s 2012 Index of Dependence on Government , fully 1 in 5 Americans rely on the federal government for everything from housing, healthcare and food stamps to college tuition and retirement assistance. That’s a whopping 67 million Americans — a voting block that certainly rivals Catholics against government mandated contraception.
In fact, government dependency jumped 8.1% in the past year alone, with the most assistance going toward housing, health and welfare, and retirement. To add insult to injury, nearly half of the US population (49.5%) does not pay any federal income taxes. Coincidence? Hardly. This is by design, starting with Wilson and Roosevelt all the way to Barack Obama.
Moreover, according to a recent CNN report entitled “The New American Dream,” a full one-third of all Americans get means-based assistance. So now more than one-third of Americans are dependent on the so-called “social safety net” and 20% live entirely on government subsidy. Twenty percent!
The federal government sent out a record $2 trillion to individuals in fiscal year 2010. That’s equal to the entire federal tax revenues collected in 2010 and a 75% jump from 2002. As of now, according to the Heritage Foundation which tracks, documents, and keeps the data: 70% of the federal government’s budget goes to individual assistance programs.
To say that’s unsustainable would be putting it mildly and that number is still going up. The elections are nine months away and Barack Obama wants to get as many Americans as possible dependent on Uncle Sam’s social net. And he’s doing a brilliant job.
With unemployment insurance extended to ninety-nine weeks, Obama knows all too well that complacency leads to dependency, dependency leads to entitlement, entitlement leads to addiction, and addiction leads to socialism.
In 21st century America it is no longer: “Give me liberty or give me death!” It’s . . .
“Give Me ‘Subsidies’ or Give Me Death!”
Until next time . . . Wake Up America!
Kevin A. Lehmann
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