The Department of Agriculture and the Census Bureau reports there are now more people participating in the food stamp program than women working full-time. According to their information there are 46,609,000 people participating in the food stamp program compared to 44,059,000 women who worked full-time.
But what does the increase in Medicaid benefits, disability benefits, and food stamps portend for America? We’re starting to look a lot like Europe with our bloated governmental programs, declining birth rates and universal welfare schemes. And in case you haven’t noticed, Europe is in a fiscal and social crisis with the public outcry against cutbacks and European politicians unwilling to take the necessary steps of structural changes to save their economies.
With such a great example of what’s to come for our country if we don’t make changes now, you’d think we could recognize that the model of the European-style welfare state simply does not work.
Government aid like food stamps not likely to be cut
Many fiscal experts recognize the problem: when the percentage of those receiving governmental aid exceeds 50% it becomes increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to cut benefits. America’s solutions to our financial crisis seem to be similar to the tactics used in Europe. We lack the fortitude to substantially change the welfare state, choosing instead to ask investors to continue to subsidize our enormous deficit spending. When investors balk, we simply turn up the printing press.
Unfortunately, our government seems to be cow-towing to activists, unionized government workers, radicalized students, and welfare recipients who continually demand the government spend money they don’t have. The government, both Republican and Democrats, seem willing to oblige.
Of course, President Obama is the latest spender. In fact, in the last three years discretionary spending under his watch has increased a whopping 24%, and that’s not including an additional trillion dollars of stimulus spending plus two rounds of quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve. This also does not include massive additions to Medicaid, food stamps and disability programs which will continue to foster dependency.
Democrats likely to achieve permanent power grab
When conversations of future political elections come up, Republicans are hesitant to discuss our prospects because most of us know one little fact: if the number of people dependent on the government increases above 50%, Democrats will have a permanent hold of power. How do I know this? Because once welfare programs take root, they’re never eliminated, they simply grow.
Don’t believe me? According to a recent report from the Heritage Foundation, “Medicare, accounts for about 15 percent of federal spending, and is the fastest-growing program in the federal budget. In 2012, Medicare’s aggregate spending reached $557 billion, and it is expected to nearly double in just 10 years, reaching over a trillion dollars by 2023.” That’s just Medicare. The numbers for food stamps, SSDI disability and Medicaid all have similar increases.
So the question we need to ask ourselves as we stand at the fiscal crossroad is – do we want our country, once the greatest country in the world, to be irrevocably transformed into a European-style welfare state facing economic depression due to higher rates of long-term unemployment, millions permanently dropping out of the labor force, stagnant wages, and stalled growth? Or instead, do we want a country which encourages those who can work to work, allowing upward mobility and incentives for success?
Unfortunately, right now there 49% percent of Americans who collect benefits and pay no federal income tax.
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