The Current State Of Welfare

The Current State Of Welfare

What was once considered a means of helping Americans get back on their feet has now become a matter of routine for a large segment of the United States population. According to a recent cnsnews.com article, the US Census Bureau reported, “109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded ‘means-tested programs’ — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012.”

To put this figure in proper perspective, cnsnews.com notes that the number of individuals on welfare programs represents “35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.” Even more alarming, almost one-half of the population in the United States received either welfare-related or non-welfare-related benefits from the government in the final quarter of 2012.

Slice or dice the numbers any way you wish, but the forecast remains ominous at best. Entitlement reform stands alone as one of the most daunting challenges our nation faces. Needless to say, our government has no other choice but to create meaningful, lasting reform that will render receipt of government benefits an exception rather than the norm.

 

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