More Than 100 Million Americans Are On Welfare

Michael Snyder
American Dream

There are more Americans dependent on the federal government than ever before in U.S. history.

According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation conducted by the U.S. Census, well over 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.  Many are enrolled in more than one.  That is about a third of the entire population of the country.  Sadly, that figure does not even include Social Security or Medicare.  Today the federal government runs almost 80 different “means-tested welfare programs”, and almost all of those programs have experienced substantial growth in recent years.  Yes, we will always need a “safety net” for those that cannot take care of themselves, but it is absolutely ridiculous that the federal government is financially supporting one-third of all Americans.  How much farther do things really need to go before we finally admit that we have become a socialist nation?  At the rate we are going, it will not be too long before half the nation is on welfare.  Unfortunately, we will likely never get to that point because the gigantic debt that we are currently running up will probably destroy our financial system before that ever happens.

It is really hard to believe how rapidly some of these federal welfare programs have grown.

For example, the number of Americans on food stamps has grown from about 17 million in 2000 to 31.9 million when Barack Obama took office to 46.4 million today.

The federal government spent a staggering 71.8 billion dollars on the food stamp program in 2011.

That sure is a lot of money to spend on food.

And I thought that my grocery bills were high.

Medicaid is also growing like crazy.

The number of Americans on Medicaid grew from 34 million in 2000 to 54 million in 2011.

Once upon a time, Medicaid was supposed to help the poorest of the poor get medical care.  In fact, back in 1965 only about one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.

But now about one-sixth of the entire country is on Medicaid.

Will we all eventually be on Medicaid?

As I mentioned recently, It is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

And we all know that projections like that are usually way too low.

Other federal welfare programs are exploding in size as well.

For example, federal housing assistance increased by a whopping 42 percent between 2006 and 2010.

The chart posted below was produced by Senate Budget Committee Republican staff.  As you can see, the number of Americans on welfare just continues to grow and grow and grow….

Keep in mind that the chart posted above does not even take into account the huge numbers of Americans that are on Social Security and Medicare.

In the United States today, more than 61 million Americans receive some form of Social Security benefits.

Just think about that.

That means that nearly one out of every five Americans is drawing on Social Security.

That is just crazy.

And in the years ahead we are going to see wave after wave of Baby Boomers retire and so the number of Americans drawing on Social Security is just going to keep going up.

The same kind of thing is happening with Medicare.

As I wrote about the other day, it is being projected that the number of Americans on Medicare will grow from 50.7 million in 2012 to 73.2 million in 2025.


That sure does sound expensive.

If you can believe it, Medicare is facing unfunded liabilities of more than 38 trillion dollars over the next 75 years.

That comes to approximately $328,404 for each and every household in the United States.

Will you be able to pay your share?

And that is just for Medicare.

The federal government just keeps becoming a bigger and bigger part of the health care industry.

Back in 1990, the federal government accounted for just 32 percent of all health care spending in America.

This year, it is being projected that the federal government will account for more than 50 percent of all health care spending in the United States.

Americans have become completely and totally addicted to government money, and word has gotten out to other nations that the U.S. is a place where you can live the high life at the expense of the government.

According to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, 43 percent of all immigrants that have been in the United States for at least 20 years are still on welfare.

Keep in mind that the study only looked at immigrants that have been in the country for at least two decades.

Nearly half of them are still on welfare.

Needless to say, the system is fundamentally broken.

And there is no way in the world that we can afford all of this.  We have rolled up the biggest pile of debt in the history of the world and our children and our grandchildren are facing a lifetime of endless debt slavery.

Once again this year we are facing a federal budget deficit of well over a trillion dollars, and very few of our politicians even seem to care.

We just continue to spend money as if it was going out of style.

At this point, spending by the federal government accounts for more than 25 percent of U.S. GDP.

The last time that happened was during World War II when we were trying to rescue the world from the tyranny of the Germans and the Japanese.

If you divided up the U.S. national debt equally, it would come to more than $134,000 for every single household in the United States.


Overall, the U.S. national debt has gotten more than 37 times larger than it was when Nixon took us off the gold standard.

We are a nation of debt addicts, and both political parties have been responsible for getting us into this mess.

We simply cannot afford to continue to go down this road.  We need to significantly reduce all categories of government spending.

And yes, we will always need a safety net.

But we simply cannot afford to financially support more than 100 million Americans.

That is absolute madness and it must stop.

So what do you think about all of this?

Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below….


7 Responses

  1. I think this article while good was rather narrow in scope. It did not point out for instance that anyone that buys meat in the supermarket in the US is on welfare. Why? Because corn that is fed to the cattle to fatten them up is government/taxpayer subsidized. So by this definition nearly 300 million Ameikans are on welfare.

    The article does not address causes or solutions. How many people are on welfare because they must by law tell every potential employer that they were convicted of some dubious felony and many not even guilty because the legal system is not accessible to most.

    How many are on welfare because the government says you need a permission slip (license) to earn a living?

    How many are on welfare because government has repeatedly stolen through various means every thing that they owned and they finally give up?

    How many people are on welfare because the government indoctrination camps they were forced to attend taught you to be a wage slave and nothing else?

    I could go on for days… give it some thought.

  2. By not SIGNING THE creating jobs bill, off shoring & shipping jobs overseas, this is yet another creation by the not so very christian right wing repub’s to complain about those who have nothing else but public programs & then the same right wing repub’s can take that away too because they’ll complain about the welfare state of this country, THAT THEY so coldly CREATED, to blame this on Obama!
    We’re saturated to the point of the have & have not’s. The tax cuts for the rich through the last decade got us no trickle down but lots of created poverty.
    Back to the future(1920-30’s depression era)

  3. The Left is in denial of mathematics. The excuses and justifications they come up with would be comical if not so tragic. Folks, let’s make it simple. You are standing at the edge of a 5,000 foot cliff. If you take one more step forward you will fall off the cliff. Can you think of some good excuse to take one more step forward?

    • Find h=out how many corporations get subsidies & huge tax breaks. CEO’s salaries are used as corporations tax write offs and at 400 million a year, how does that create jobs for the average American.
      These are just a few examples of the biggest welfare scheme BY Corporations & Congress ENACTED laws for those tax shelters, ie, corporate welfare!

    • I hate to but have to agree Tom. This election has brought out unbelievable signs of mental illness in leftists that I know. Unfortunately those on the right are only a step behind them:

  4. You have two solutions to a debt crisis. You decrease spending or increase earnings. This is a simple solution to anyone’s debt crisis. This administration has done neither in fact it has increased spending.

    You have your lobbyists bought and paid for wining and dining the Global elite in the White House. They deregulated the pension funds the banking safe guards and stole from the poor and gave it all to a handful of individuals at the top. You have your venture capitalists like Mitt buying up american industry and selling it off piece by piece making a profit from those who built that company. Again the poor paid the price. You have your CEO’s taking away american jobs to Mexico to increase earnings. Thus stocks go up and the rich get richer. However their short sighted view is comical.

    I have a friend who works for case tractor. The smart guys running this company decided to move their North Dakota manufacturing plant to Mexico to save money. My friend said to me who is going to buy our tractors? A Mexican earning five dollars a day? If American’s don’t have jobs they wont be buying homes. If you are not buying homes who is going to be building roads or digging basements or laying sewer pipes? Tractor sales are going to be in the toilet within a few years.

    Sure Britain has survived quite well without a manufacturing base. Only because this country has assets stolen from the poor for millennium! I give you the Rothschild banking empire.

    United States built its economy building things the world needs. White collar criminals in the name of profit killed this industry in twenty short years. China has taken full advantage of this sell off and is reaping the rewards. Chinese labor is a lot cheaper then American labor but their goods are not quality and America doesn’t need to beat them on this level.

    There is a war that is raging and we the poor are loosing. We need to take back our Government and crucify all those who sold out to the elite. Why does it take 600 million dollars to get elected to the white house? The job only pays 2.5 million over four years? Who is paying this price and what are they getting in return? Pretty soon the French Revolution will look like a picnic. When the masses finally pull their heads out of their asses and take a good look at what is going on!

    Don’t bitch to me about those on welfare. You think these people are living Champaign wishes and Caviar dreams!!! They in power are letting these people exist giving them the smallest amount possible to sustain them from revolting. Every now and again they take a little more to see if they can whittle it down even more.


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