Mike Huckabee News
Aug 13 2012
Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee released a new chart based on Census data, detailing the growth in federal handouts since 2009. It shows that the number of Americans receiving some form of welfare has grown to nearly 110 million. The chart doesn’t include Americans who are receiving only Social Security, Medicare or the earned income tax credit. But it does include nearly 80 different overlapping federal welfare programs, including food stamps and Medicaid. For instance, since 2000, the number of Americans on food stamps has nearly tripled, from 17 million to 45 million. Over the next decade, spending on food stamps alone is projected to reach $800 billion.
This is what Mitt Romney was talking about when he said that America is in danger of being a “culture of dependency.” Welfare programs growing at that fast a rate eventually become unsustainable, especially when we’re already $16 trillion in debt. They have to be reformed, but who will dare reform them if that many voters are benefiting from them? Already, a third of the US population is receiving some form of welfare, while most people pay no income taxes. It’s awfully hard convincing someone who’s getting a deal like that that for the good of America, they need to voluntarily wean themselves off the freebies.
This commentary is from Friday's Huckabee Report.
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