I guess this new fact should not be surprising: there are now more people getting food aid from the federal government than are working in the private sector. As more people become increasingly dependent on government, we will continue to see growing indications that the old America — the one in which people worked hard to build their own futures — is fading away.

As reported by CNSNews.com, “The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012.

That means the number of Americans receiving food assistance has surpassed the number of private sector workers in the U.S.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 97,180,000 full-time private sector workers in 2012.

The population of the U.S. is 316.2 million people, meaning nearly a third of Americans receive food aid from the government.

To say this is an alarming trend is the understatement of the year. Too many times, a person who gets “a little help” from the government will continue to receive aid… year after year. What started out as short term help becomes a way of life… a dependency.

This dependency is exactly what those on the left want. The more people who are dependent on government, the more power the government will have. It’s as simple as that.

The Obama administration actually says that the more people who are on food stamps, the more it HELPS the economy. Here’s what Sen. Jeff Sessions had to say about that:

“Amazingly, the federal government says that the more people we have on food stamps, the more it grows the economy. The Department of Agriculture proudly declares: ‘Each $5 in new [food stamp] benefits generates almost twice that amount in economic activity for the community.’ Our government is running food stamp promotions at foreign embassies. One worker was given an award for overcoming ‘mountain pride’ and getting more people to sign up. Where I grew up in Alabama, all honest work, even the hardest, was honored. And pride, self-respect, and a desire to be independent was valued, not a thing to be overcome.”

Sen. Sessions is right, but as long as people continue to replace the values of self-respect and independence with a dependency on “free” food and services from the government, this country will continue to head down its current path. And with each step down that path, we lose a little bit more of the America that became the greatest country in the world.

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