January 10, 2013
More than 70 percent of federal money goes to programs that create dependency on government, Heritage Foundation economist Bill Beach explained Tuesday on Fox Business.
- 128 million Americans now receive benefits from one or more federal assistance program. That’s more than 41 percent of the population.
- Between 1988 and 2011, the amount of the U.S. population that receives assistance from the federal government grew by 62 percent.
In fact, these numbers may underestimate the scope of the problem. They explain that the Census Bureau Current Population Survey is “well known to undercount those receiving Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, State Children’s Health Insurance, higher-education support, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.”
Every year, Heritage publishes the Index of Dependence on Government to provide lawmakers with accurate information about the number of Americans who rely on government.
How do you think we can address government dependency?