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Guess how many people are now on welfare?


The numbers keep going up. With a dismal economy and Barack Obama's encouragement of people to keep on programs like food stamps, the increase in welfare recipients has been dramatic. According to the Census Bureau, there are over 100 million people on welfare.

As shown in the chart presented by the Republican staff of the Senate Budget Committee, about 10 million new people were added to the welfare rolls in just the two years from 2009 to 2011. AND... the total number of 108,000,000 does NOT include those receiving Social Security or Medicare.

Food stamps and Medicaid make up a large--and growing--chunk of the more than 100 million recipients. "Among the major means tested welfare programs, since 2000 Medicaid has increased from 34 million people to 54 million in 2011 and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps) from 17 million to 45 million in 2011," says the Senate Budget Committee. "Spending on food stamps alone is projected to reach $800 billion over the next decade."

What a mess America is in.

Read more at the Weekly Standard

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  1. Daniel BrownComment by Daniel Brown
    August 10, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    The democratic has all the answers. Look how they are doing. Chart don’t lie. They Will say this is a good thing. Im telling you now , please stop the demwitts. Nancy is the kiss of death. To you, your state, our country. All democratic are. The proof is there. Clean sweep in Washington . By 2020 all democratic out of business .

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    • lanimom229Comment by lanimom229
      August 10, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

      I agree that America can do better. Americans must be made aware of what is happening to this great country of ours. We all Dem and Rep are being lead down the path to self destruction and no one seems to care or are so busy trying to keep body and soul together that they don’t have the time to find out about the cances that is eating this country alive. Please read UN Agenda 21 – google it. Not an easy read but the destruction of our American way of life is at stake. I am an older disabled American I have nothing to gain from telling you about this.I will be long dead when the impact of the agenda fulfills it’s mission. I just fear for my granddaughter who’s life will be totally altered by what is going on. We are walking around with our eyes wide shut. Please Americans if you can’t push through reading Agenda 21 on the UN site get the book BEHIND THE GREEN MASK: UN AGENDA 21. All this increase in Government ‘help’ is part of the Agenda 21. Read, learn it’s not to late to make a difference

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  2. dmg61Comment by dmg61
    August 10, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    If they really want to save money, cut out all welfare for the able bodied breeders. Give them six months to get into some kind of job training. Then they starve. Not only will they get to work, as they work for things, they’ll take pride in ownership and stop spitting out babies to get a bigger check. No, I do not feel sorry for this particular class of “poor” people…..

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  3. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    August 10, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Hey, hey now! Why should anyone be upset over this? It’s only taxpayer dollars. It’s not like it’s real money, is it? Is it…? Just askin’ mind ya now, I’m pretty sure I already know the answer!

    That’s “hope & change” for you. Vote in November: Vote out the dope & make a real change!

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  4. bna42Comment by bna42
    August 10, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    “As shown in the chart presented by the Republican staff of the Senate Budget Committee”

    We have become so politicized that everything has to be presented as Republican or Democrat. There were certainly Democrats serving on the Senate Budget Committee, so why isn’t the chart presented from the Senate Budget Committee rather than just the Republicans on that committee? It makes me wonder what the Democrat staff on the committee is going to release.

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  5. joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
    August 10, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    Why should I be surprised? The Obozo Administration won’t be happy until every American is getting some kind of government check and is beholden to the government.

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  6. Allen SchubertComment by Allen Schubert
    August 10, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

    This Administration is encouraging more and more to go on welfare because they see them as democrat voters. And guess what – IT’S WORKING!

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  7. Michael MarraComment by Michael Marra
    August 10, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    This is not a surprise….what is a surprise that we the workers are allowing OUR govt. to abuse us……I am sick of the entitlement attitude now tsking over our country…ENOUGH Cut these scabs off
    NOW….sick of paying cash and seeing others using EBT cards….live isn’t fair and why should I be penalized for the worthless dregs who cry they want or need this or that from our pockets…cell phones for welfare recepients….what next????????????????

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    • terrydarc41Comment by terrydarc41
      September 23, 2012 @ 10:39 am

      Hardly an ounce of understanding on this entire thread of comments on “welfare” – but DON’T WORRY, IT’S NOT SSI!

      Read the fine print from the R senate in graph above: “Figures Include ANYONE residing in a household in which AT LEAST PERSON received a program benefit”.

      So, we rent out a room to a student who’s receiving a Pell Grant (don’t want those moochers getting educated, right?) and so everyone in our household is now ON WELFARE?

      Sharp thinking GOP!

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  8. arwenusaComment by arwenusa
    August 10, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    This is straight out of Cloward & Piven: take down the United States by using entitlements to overwhelm. the system. Obama learned how do do it from them.

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  9. cxComment by genesal
    August 10, 2012 @ 3:39 pm


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  10. cxComment by genesal
    August 10, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    Yes, but they have to work to be on Welfare and sleeping is such a strenuous job as is having babies.

    Who needs Welfare Reform it didn’t work the other times! (sarcasm off).

    When you think about it the Occupy White House dwellers are Welfare Recipients.

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  11. librabobComment by librabob
    August 11, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    More government checks = more democrat votes. That has always been the Obama/Biden game plan for America. The ultimate end goal at least for Obama is collapsing the American economy. It’s ugly, it’s sinister but it’s true. Obama hates the country he is presiding over and wants to destroy it in order to rebuild it consistent with his distorted world view of social justice. Obama is a clear and present danger to our American society.

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  16. Randon JenkinsComment by Randon Jenkins
    September 21, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    108 million on welfare, wow, how did you come up with that number. There are a little over 314 million people in the U.S, poverty rates not the rate at which you are eligible for welfare are at a little over 15%.

    .15×314000000= 47,100,000

    So 47 million people in poverty decrease that by the 125% below poverty line to receive welfare benefits, and you come up with 108 million. You know that’s impossible, right?.


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  17. checkyourfactsComment by checkyourfacts
    October 22, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Please take a moment to re-check your facts and premises. Your math may be correct, but your equation is not. You multiplied 125% times the *POPULATION* number at or below the poverty level (you stated 47.1 million) when you should have instead multiplied the percentage times the current 2012 poverty *INCOME* level.

    Once you have that higher income figure, you’d then need to determine how many people in the population are living at or below that income level to determine the number of people eligible for various welfare programs. This can be accomplished with recent census data, and this is what was done to create the chart that you disputed.

    Lastly, it’s important to define “welfare” in the equation and discussion. The chart in question clearly indicates that Social Security and Medicare benefits are not factored into the graph’s calculations. That leaves other social programs, such as TANF, SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, Head Start, Lifeline, etc., to consider in the 108 million figure. There is bound to be some overlap between programs; however, recipients of one benefit are often not entitled to benefits from another program.

    If you take the time to research each program, you can easily find out the eligibility requirements. For instance, SNAP (food stamps) requires recipients to be at or below 130% of poverty guidelines. Or WIC requires 185%. Also, note that the poverty line is a sliding scale based on a few factors including household size, ages of family members, physical location, and gross monthly income.

    So for example, based on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) poverty guideline, a household of four residing in the lower 48 states having an annual income of $23,050 or less meets the fiscal year 2012 poverty eligibility requirement. See If you calculate this hypothetical household against the 130% SNAP eligibility criterion, the eligibility income line moves up to $29965. For the 185% WIC criterion, it goes up to $42642. How many people in the population exist at or below these income levels? Obviously, a whole lot more than 47.1 million, and probably a lot nearer to that 108 million number that you weren’t fond of. Look up the census data and welfare program eligibility requirements. Play around with the numbers and then try to disprove the chart’s assertion.

    I hope this provides a clearer understanding of the proper calculation strategy. And perhaps you’ll consider being less impulsive with the use of capitalization and “MINDLESS AUTOMATONS” remarks within your comments the next time around.

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  23. bubbaman42Comment by bubbaman42
    June 14, 2015 @ 9:17 am

    I think the people that are on welfare and able to work should be ashamed of themselves. I work over 60 hours a week and regret having to support people on welfare. The government in this country stinks. Barak Obama is an idiot. I think he is the worst president we ever had. It seems like he feels sorry for people who want welfare. We shouldn’t have to support able bodied people. The welfare system in this country needs a total overhaul. If people don’t want to find a job and work find one for them. I also think food stamps should be stopped completely. The people on food stamps buy more expensive things then I do and pay for it with food stamps. To me people who do that should have the food stamps taken away from them. this country is full of lazy people who just want a handout. I think they should work for what they get.

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