Source: U.S. Census

Category: Digital Media, Economy, Markets, Taxes and Policy

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11 Responses to “More American Households Rely on Government Benefits”

  1. wally says:

    Shouldn’t we add in farm support programs, mortgage tax deductions, contractor work on pork-barrel projects, child care tax breaks, IRA and 401K tax breaks, and on and on and on?

  2. crabman says:

    That graphic (along with deposit insurance) explains (IMO) the difference between the Great Recession and the Great Depression.

    I just hope the relative comfort of the Great Recession provided by these social programs doesn’t prevent the kind of serious capital/labor re-balancing needed in the coming years to truly fix the economy.

    • rd says:

      I think a lot of it is underway in most of the private sector and municipal-state government. The financial sector still has to finish its cost-cutting because the government and Fed stepped in to bring much of its rebalancing to a halt over the past three years. Healthcare will be undergoing a lot of rebalancing over the next two decades as people figure out how incredibly expensive and inefficient US healthcare is, and the military will also need to get rebalanced both internally and in Congress appropriations. Each of those three big sector probably have 2 to 5% of GDP that can be eliminated and much of the rest of it better aligned with societal needs.

  3. rd says:

    The dollar amounts and number of households would rise even further if government benefit programs like agricultural crop insurance and subsidies, carried interest deduction for management fees, and tax credits were included.

  4. gman says:

    Anyone working on weapon systems/bases that the Pentagon does not want..which is plenty.

  5. blackvegetable says:

    This should come as no great surprise given that, in the Wake of Supply Side Idiocy, Part Deux, private sector payrolls had CONTRACTED by 650,000 over 8 years. Factoring in the growth in the labor force (while crediting for increases in public sector payrolls), the jobs deficit approaches 9.4 million.


  6. willid3 says:

    does it include any one using public roads? or school? or any other government service? seems like we could get really weird trying to determine who relies on government benefits.

    going to ridiculous levels, does that include our civilization too? as without the military to protect our country and civilization, we wouldnt have either.

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  8. 4whatitsworth says:

    It looks like the Obama policies are working. I wounder at what point the government runs out of other peoples money? Detroit appears to be the first to a serious bankruptcy.. I suppose it will be a “grass roots effort” city’s and states first.

  9. 873450 says:

    How can an American household qualify for the same unconditional bailout and criminal immunity benefits government awarded to irresponsible TBTF banking executives for crashing the global economy?