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.”
The data come “from the U.S. Census’s Survey of Income and Program Participation shows that nearly 110,000 million individuals received a welfare benefit in 2011. (These figures do not include other means-tested benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit or the health insurance premium subsidies included in the President’s health care law. CBO estimates that the premium subsidies, scheduled to begin in 2014, will cover at least 25 million individuals by the end of the decade.)”
This is not just Americans, however. “These figures include not only citizens, but non-citizens as well,” according to the committee.
The compassionate liberals are always generous with other people’s money. The problem with welfare recipients centers on their right to vote. Politicians will pander to them to stay in power. The results are what one would logically expect: More “free” money for the layabouts. We’re on same trajectory that led to Greece’s fall. A previous post regarding failed policies sums up the future which is already now in California. The world of the Road Warrior is coming.