Slightly over half of all Americans – 52.6% – now receive significant income from government programs, according to an analysis by Gary Shilling, an economist in Springfield, N.J. That's up from 49.4% in 2000 and far above the 28.3% of Americans in 1950. If the trend continues, the percentage could rise within ten years to pass 55%, where it stood in 1980 on the eve of President's Reagan's move to scale back the size of government. 

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Does it shock you that over half of Americans receive some form of government support?
Slightly over half of all Americans – 52.6% – now receive significant income from government programs, according to an analysis by Gary Shilling, an economist in Springfield, N.J. That`s up from 49.4% in 2000 and far above the 28.3% of Americans in 1950. If the trend continues, the percentage could rise within ten years to pass 55%, where it stood in 1980 on the eve of President`s Reagan`s move to scale back the size of government.

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15 yrs ago - Friday 5/4/07 - 2:44:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
Of course not. I'm suprised it's not more. A lot of Americans are lazy...as we've seen. Not that everyone on government support is lazy mind you, but a lot of them are.
15 yrs ago - Friday 5/4/07 - 10:35:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
The system is too easy to abuse.
15 yrs ago - Friday 5/4/07 - 6:27:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not as bad as it seems though... he's including everybody who works for the government, or whose job depends on government support (not entirely sure how broadly that is defined) which accounts for 20% of Americans. Another 20% for social security. So the people who are actually un/under-employed but not retired, and who get government support, is actually around 10%
15 yrs ago - Friday 5/4/07 - 6:28:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
Plus it includes educational grants.
15 yrs ago - Friday 5/4/07 - 6:36:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not really, and it kind of makes me happy that the government is actually helping out the public in some way. I would be part of that statistic since all of my income is a result of governmental Financial Aid, which pays for my college and allows me to get Work Study employment.
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 10/13/07 - 4:07:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
those people need to get off their asses and get a job
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/15/07 - 9:26:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
With the state of the economy it is no surprise.
14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 10/15/07 - 9:27:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/13/2007 4:07:15 PM Jagger_Boaz wrote:
those people need to get off their asses and get a job

Some of them (like my boyfriend, Pat) would love to have a job, but are having trouble finding one with their criminal history and/or lack of tools/skills.

Be careful what you say. One day you may need government assistance too.

14 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Monday 2/4/08 - 6:58:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, not at all.
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/18/08 - 2:24:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
Given that every child in the school system could be considered to be recieving government support - no, I'm not surprised or dismayed.

I will also note that the government is now supporting investment banks - are those of you who are offended by little old ladies recieving their social security checks regularly equally offended by the government bailing out big business?
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/18/08 - 3:27:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 2008-03-18 02:24:56.987 Wanderer wrote:
I will also note that the government is now supporting investment banks - are those of you who are offended by little old ladies recieving their social security checks regularly equally offended by the government bailing out big business?


I'm not offended by little old ladies receiving social security checks, but I'm very offended by corporate welfare (most of it, anyway). I actually gave a speech on corporate welfare in a comm class a few years ago, and what I learned in my research really offended me.
14 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 3/18/08 - 10:26:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, but it pisses me off that my tax dollars are paying them!



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