Shock Report: 70 Million People Would Be Starving in the Streets Without Government Welfare Programs

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A recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services suggests that we may have already reached the tipping point and that things are only going to get worse going forward.

According to the HHS, nearly half of all Americans are now dependent on some form of government benefit just to put food on the table. And of our population of 310 million, nearly one in four receive welfare benefits.

That’s over 70 million people who, if the government safety nets broke down due to lack of funding or a monetary crisis, would be starving on our streets right now.

The sheer magnitude of the numbers is shocking. What’s worse is that they are indicative of a continuing down-trend that won’t be improving any time soon.

According to the 2014 version of a report that the Department of Health and Human Services is required by law to issue annually, the percentage of Americans on welfare in 2011 was the highest yet calculated. The data for 2011 is the most recent in the report.

By this measure, according to the report, 23.1 percent of Americans were recipients of welfare in 2011. Since 1993, the earliest year covered by the report, that is the highest percentage of Americans reported to be receiving welfare.

A startling 38 percent of all children 5 and under in the United States were welfare recipients in 2011, according to the report.

When recipients of non-means-tested government programs (such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, and veterans benefits) were added to those receiving benefits from means-tested programs, the total number receiving benefits in the fourth quarter of 2011 was 151,014,000, according to the Census Bureau. That equaled 49.2 percent of the total population.

CNS News via Infowars

Of critical importance is that this particular report looks only at 2011. Since then we’ve seen even more people taken out of the labor force. Moreover, we’ve seen prices for all consumer goods rise during that time frame and incomes either stagnate or drop to inflation adjusted levels not seen since the 1960′s.

Thus, in all likelihood, we are well over the 50% mark. This means that without government assistance that may include social security, welfare, unemployment or other social services, at least one in two Americans would not be able to pay their rent, buy food, or keep their utilities turned on.

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3 thoughts on “Shock Report: 70 Million People Would Be Starving in the Streets Without Government Welfare Programs”

  1. We as a people are engaged in a terrible economic war. Whether we want to admit it or not.
    It started in 1970 and continues to this day.
    Getting the Congress to wise up is the real trouble. They are actively on the side of any one with real wealth. Anyone in the middle, gets sold down the river by this group. They are fantastic at providing for themselves to the cost of everyone else.
    That explains why companies can get away with shipping all the jobs to places where there are no rules. And we as nation, allowed it all to happen.
    That explains why the entire Union system of negotiation working conditions has gone away under both parties in office. Whatever the words, they are on the side of big business.
    It was a Democrat who signed into law the agreements that make this possible.
    It was a Republican that stacked the labor board with people that were pro-company.
    We, as a people have watched while the Middle Class of this country has almost disappeared.
    Under the current rules, a lot of things are happening.
    You have the largest group of unmarried mothers raising children in the history of the country. Any male out there knows that courts favor women in divorce and ruin men financially in divorces.
    Men often have to declare bankruptcy over divorce. So why get married? Men notoriously split and disappear after a divorce leaves them in a very untenable condition financially even if they were making great wages when it happened.
    The system that rewarded people to get married is gone. If you interpret money as to what it will buy in 1969 and today, a really vicious picture emerges.
    Home ownership was dramatically encouraged in 1969 to the tune in today’s money of about 8,000 dollars a year in tax benefits. That is all gone. I am simply adding a zero to the money supply as it is worth about 1/10th of what it was worth in 1969. In that year, I gained a house, a wife, a child, and a tax benefit of about $800 in 1969 dollars.
    Wages were much lower. But so were my taxes.
    You currently have a 401K system in place of a pension. That 401K is gone in short order after you retire. It is entirely dependent on a stock market system on a constant bubble that will burst leaving everyone broke. We had pensions in place. They are going broke for the same reason with the bubbles that burst in the stock market. The funds have to be in the investment area to stay solvent.
    You have a medical system in critical condition. Steal everything everyone every earned in their savings to provide for doctors? Don’t think that is a viable carrot for me to want to work.
    I would rather die than give those doctors everything I ever worked for. I consider a lot of them incompetent to treat people anyway. They are drug lords dispensing prescriptions that do not cure anyone, but they sure provide a lot of money to the companies that produce the pills.
    Others provide social medicine. It is not worth crap. It provides no reward for hard work on the part of the doctors. But that is where we are right now. Medicare and Medicaid are our social medicine system. They take about every dime you ever earned before they kick in.
    The doctors are very intelligent people. So how come they have become stuck in a system that often delays payments until they are broke as well?
    If you want to change things, then we need to protect our workers from the companies going overseas. At this point, that means a dramatic overhaul of the entire economic system of this country. It means kicking the Chinese out of our workplace and fairly soon.
    It means closing those borders between us and Mexico. Even if you have to put a vast Canal system in between the two countries that prevents them from crossing those borders illegally.
    An 8 foot chain-link fence and about 100 yards of bare blacktop might help.
    Fire the executive branch that is allowing them to freely cross the border. That means get rid of the people supporting illegal immigration.
    We have become a people of welfare. That has to stop. The way to stop it is to train people and make good jobs happen. That includes people making good wages for what they fairly trade for their time. It does not mean trapping anyone in a system of communistic intent.

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