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Nearly Half of U.S. Lives in Household Receiving Government Benefit

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Sara Murray
Wall St Journal [1]
Oct 6, 2011

Families were more dependent on government programs than ever last year.

Nearly half, 48.5%, of the population lived in a household that received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2010, according to Census data. Those numbers have risen since the middle of the recession when 44.4% lived households receiving benefits in the third quarter of 2008 [2].

The share of people relying on government benefits has reached a historic high, in large part from the deep recession and meager recovery, but also because of the expansion of government programs over the years. (See a timeline on the history of government benefits programs here. [3])

Means-tested programs, designed to help the needy, accounted for the largest share of recipients last year. Some 34.2% of Americans lived in a household that received benefits such as food stamps, subsidized housing, cash welfare or Medicaid (the federal-state health care program for the poor).

Another 14.5% lived in homes where someone was on Medicare (the health care program for the elderly). Nearly 16% lived in households receiving Social Security.

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[1] Wall St Journal: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2011/10/05/nearly-half-of-households-receive-some-government-benefit/

[2] in the third quarter of 2008: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703791804575439732358241708.html

[3] See a timeline on the history of government benefits programs here.: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2011/10/05/nearly-half-of-households-receive-some-government-benefit/tab/interactive/

[4] Half of U.S. Households Receive Government Aid … But One-Third of Americans Are Still One Paycheck Away from Homelessness: http://www.prisonplanet.com/half-of-u-s-households-receive-government-aid-%e2%80%a6-but-one-third-of-americans-are-still-one-paycheck-away-from-homelessness.html

[5] Benefit spending soars to new high: http://www.prisonplanet.com/benefit-spending-soars-to-new-high.html

[6] Americans On Foodstamps Hits New Record In August, Increase By Over Half A Million To 42.4 Million, 17% Increase Year Over Year: http://www.prisonplanet.com/americans-on-foodstamps-hits-new-record-in-august-increase-by-over-half-a-million-to-42-4-million-17-increase-year-over-year.html

[7] Report: Enough Spent on Welfare Programs in 2011 to Write Every Poor Household a $59,523 Check: http://www.prisonplanet.com/report-enough-spent-on-welfare-programs-in-2011-to-write-every-poor-household-a-59523-check.html

[8] U.S. Government’s Foreign Debt Now $47,495 Per Household: http://www.prisonplanet.com/u-s-governments-foreign-debt-now-47495-per-household.html

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