Census Bureau: Means-Tested Gov’t Benefit Recipients Outnumber Full-Time Year-Round Workers

Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News, October 24, 2013

Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau.

They also out-numbered the total population of the Philippines.

There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011. That included both private-sector and government workers.

That means there were about 1.07 people getting some form of means-tested government benefit for every 1 person working full-time year round.

The Census Bureau counted as recipients of means-tested government programs “anyone residing in a household in which one or more people received benefits from the program.” Many of these people lived in households receiving more than one form of means-tested benefit at the same time.

Among the 108,592,000 people who fit the Census Bureau’s description of a means-tested benefit recipient in the fourth quarter of 2011 were 82,457,000 people in households receiving Medicaid, 49,073,000 beneficiaries of food stamps, 20,223,000 on Supplemental Security Income, 23,228,000 in the Women, Infants and Children program, 13,433,000 in public or subsidized rental housing, and 5,854,000 in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Also among the 108,592,000 means-tested benefit recipients counted by the Census Bureau were people getting free or reduced-price lunch or breakfast, state-administered supplemental security income and means-tested veterans pensions.


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  • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

    When you allow the country to be filled up with immigrants looking for jobs, you end up with a lot of poor people.

    • Oil Can Harry

      That’s what the Chamber of Commerce types want. Lower “labor costs” aka wages mean higher profits for them.

      They apparently don’t care that the US is turning into South Africa part 2.

      • Erasmus

        It’s called “externalizing expenses”: Pay people dirt poorly and put them on the dole to survive. But how long can a country that does that really last without soon becoming India.
        As so many others have said, “Keep your powder dry.”

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

      But is it really all poor people?

      In Sweden, pretty much every household gets benefits of one kind or another, usually multiple types of benefits.

      It’s a socialist government racket, it makes everyone dependant on the government and means everyone (well, everyone that doesn’t stop to think about it) scared when politicians talk about reducing taxes and benefits, because everyone needs benefits in order to survive.

      Of course, the reason for this is because the taxes are so high, so even those that work have to live on benefits just to make up for the fact that they pay a majority of their income as taxes and then get benefits as a trade.

      And this little racket means a bigger government since both taxes and benefits require administrative personell and it also means more government influence over peoples lives, since they need accurate information in order to judge which benefits you qualify for and for what amount.
      And it’s is ineffective too, since you don’t get out as much as you pay in, some gets lost on the way due to administrative costs and ineffiency.

      So the Obama-government might not be doing a bad job at all (in their eyes) in making more people dependant on benefits for their survival.
      The more people that are dependant on government benefits for survival, the more likely they are to continue voting for a socialist alternative that wants to keep the taxes high and everyone living on welfare of one kind or another.

      • If you are ideologically devoted to big government for its own sake, then it behooves you to get as many people collecting checks as possible. Because it drives political parties and ideologies that want smaller government into obsolescence and outside the overton window. By that point, homeostatic equilibrium will kick in, the political center will readjust, but it will be firmly within the big government paradigm. “Conservatives” will have to be for big government, but claim that they can “make it work” better than the people who invented it. But it means that even when leftist parties lose, they lose to “conservatives” who are so resigned to big government that the leftists really win.

        In big government big welfare state countries, the only real viable rightism is ethnonationalism with a welfare state done for ethnonationalist purposes. I would use the phrase “national socialism” if a certain Adolph H. hadn’t ruined it.

  • Jesse James

    Kind of makes you want to throw your shovel down and take a break in the shade. Maybe take a longer lunch break or something.

    • bigone4u

      Makes me think about getting a job with the federal government and doing everything within my power to sabotage it from within.

      • Jesse James

        Wasted effort they seem to be self destructing without any need for additional health. Of course when you are the # 1 employer of near unemployable people you can’t help but be good at falling apart.

        Become a pool shark you will have a better time and the company is more enjoyable. Could you imagine being one of those drones coning off the veterans memorials?

      • They would prosecute you. Having already been to federal prison, I don’t recommend it. It isn’t much fun.

      • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

        What would you do to gum up the works? Stop working? Millions try to do just that, every day.
        “All missionaries praise the African for his strict observance of the Sabbath. He would have three hundred and sixty-five Sabbaths in the year, if possible, and he would as scrupulously observe them all.” — Burton’s Wanderings in West Africa, Vol. I., page 266.

        • I haven’t worked a regular job in almost seven years. I haven’t worked as a chemical engineer in over 13 years, and the company for which I got 79 US and foreign patents awarded is currently on drip-feed with a few Phase-One SBIRs from DARPA. Couldn’t happen to nicer people.

          I wasn’t born to make other people rich, all while paying taxes to support folks who hate me. That would mean the liars I once worked for could get fatter and drive ever-more expensive vehicles, while Lemaricus Davidson’s baby momma could heat her Section-8 home like a sauna. Corporate America and our kleptocratic government can therefore go pound sand.

          I have days with my daughter instead. Ariadne can now recover an inverted flat spin, and she’s pretty good at combat flight sims with the difficulty cranked all the way up. She doesn’t shoot as well as I do, but nobody else does, either. She can already land almost anything in almost any condition. Would anyone in their right mind trade this for money?

  • Illegal and “legal” aliens get more govt. free stuff in a year then we get in lifetime. When the crash comes, you’d better be ready to defend yourself from their muzzie wrath as your greed and withholding.

    • Raping young white girls might be a “human right” in Britain, but the US isn’t Britain.

      • Neuday

        According to statistics, sex with white females is nearly always enjoyed by white men. This “disparate impact” must be corrected, and Holder’s DOJ is planning changes for our mating patterns. These guys just jumped the gun.

  • Spartacus

    This is how it starts… When the collapse comes, it’s gonna be sudden, which is why you have to start preparing right NOW !

    • Neuday

      But we’re collapsing now, and it doesn’t seem sudden at all. Gold was supposed to be $3k an ounce by now. Where’s my hyperinflation? Fortunately, my investments in .45 and .308 ammo seem to be doing quite well. I wonder what that could mean?

      • What kind of .308″ ammo did you buy? I always bought the former Bundeswehr stuff with the two-part core: a steel tip and lead rear. On the other hand, the later French ammo is Boxer-primed and thus easily reloadable.

  • WmarkW

    “Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers…”

    Do you really mean “AMERICANS”?

    • John Frum

      Its gotten to the point where I look forward to news like this.I vote,I write my “representatives”.It falls on deaf ears if it falls at all.The only way things will change is when the various situations are in everyones face;and theres no hiding from it.I’m ready,are you?

  • Jefferson

    Most 3rd world south of the border immigrants and their anchor off springs can not financially survive in America without the government safety nest housing them, feeding them, and clothing them.

    So how exactly is their presence here a strength for our country ? When most of them would not have a pot to piss on without government aid.

    • Mergatroyd

      “So how exactly is their presence here a strength for our country ?”

      You don’t really believe that do you?
      I strongly suggest you not believe a single word the government tells you, they are in the business of lying to you while they amass a fortune and kick the can down the road.

  • willbest

    It is even worse than that when you consider how many government contractors (defense industry), government employees, and subsidized service providers (high ed, healthcare) receive massive government support that isn’t included in these means-tested programs.

    • Jesse James

      Good point.

  • bigone4u

    Less than one worker per welfare leech? The system is not sustainable except thru money printing, which will lead to hyperinflation. We are close enough now to the final collapse that I can almost hear the trap door releasing on the gallows and see the bodies of our traitors gently swinging in the breeze.

    • I would prefer the “slow hoist” for them instead of the “sudden drop”.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        I would much rather see them die more horribly, such as by impalement on a greased stake or beheading followed by their heads being put on iron spikes the way the English did during the Middle Ages. Hanging is too good for them consider the death and suffering they will be visiting upon all of us.

    • Raydonn

      The proverbial ‘day of the rope’………….

  • IanJMacDonald

    So now there are more people in the wagon than there are pulling the wagon?

    • The logical extension of this is that one taxpayer will eventually support the whole nation, until he or she gets fed up and quits.

      I haven’t worked a steady job since early 2006.

  • Mergatroyd

    “Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau.”
    Well, then, I’d say Mission Accomplished.
    Cloward-Piven’s mission that is, to collapse the entire system, which at this point is utterly non-sustainable. The government hires workers to conscript “the poor” into signing up for food stamps with a goal of 150 for each worker each day?
    Guess we’ll find out what happens when the government runs out of other people’s money. The government can’t print money forever despite what Keynesians and John Engelman believe. We’ve already been through QE I, II, and II. Why didn’t they work? Hmmmm? The government promised that they’d work. Krugman promised they’d work. What happened?

    Those EBT card shut downs and the ensuing riots in WalMarts were just a very small taste of what is coming. Now imagine the EBT cards shut down for 24, 48, 72 hours with no end in sight?
    Yep, economy collapse in 2,3,1…

  • Sick of it

    Brian…we have to teach them how to build factories. We prop up the Chinese economy. They will fall completely apart after our economy goes whereas we might might actually rebound after we start making more things at home. We are capable of creating things ourselves without outside advisers.

  • Mike Conrad

    110 Million People. 110 Million People. 110 Million People.

    Just keep saying it. It explains a lot.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Most likely there’s at least 40 or 50 million ILLEGAL aliens, terrorists and other threats to white Americans among them. These alien parasites will be popping out enemy babies while whites are unable to have children because they cannot afford to or they are starving. That has been a time tested recipe for fomenting violent rebellions and worse. It’s genocide against us to have that many freeloaders feasting on our dime.