Thanks Barack… Record 1 of 6 Americans Receive Government Aid

Boy, that Trillion dollar stimulus worked wonders, didn’t it?
At least we won’t have to pay for it… Our children and grandchildren will.

A year and a half after the failed Obama-Pelosi stimulus plan, a record number of Americans receive government aid.

USA Today

Government anti-poverty programs that have grown to meet the needs of recession victims now serve a record one in six Americans and are continuing to expand.

More than 50 million Americans are on Medicaid, the federal-state program aimed principally at the poor, a survey of state data by USA TODAY shows. That’s up at least 17% since the recession began in December 2007.

“Virtually every Medicaid director in the country would say that their current enrollment is the highest on record,” says Vernon Smith of Health Management Associates, which surveys states for Kaiser Family Foundation.

The program has grown even before the new health care law adds about 16 million people, beginning in 2014. That has strained doctors. “Private physicians are already indicating that they’re at their limit,” says Dan Hawkins of the National Association of Community Health Centers.

More than 40 million people get food stamps, an increase of nearly 50% during the economic downturn, according to government data through May. The program has grown steadily for three years.

Of course, if you believe know anything about the Cloward-Piven strategy of economic recovery you may think this decline in the economy was all planned.

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  • Mark1957

    I would think that it is higher than that if you include benefits like the “earned income” tax credit, subsidized housing, farm subsidies, “cash for clunkers”, “cash for caulking”, ect. ect. it seams like everyone has a handout.

  • BuddyG

    Why work ? Just go on the government tit like everyone else.

  • bill-tb

    Didn’t he want to encourage person responsibility or something? Why work, the money is free, as long as it lasts. The self esteem angle is also helpful.

    Simple solution to the illegal alien problem, just don’t hire them.

  • Andreas K.

    For a marxist this means: working as planned.

    Soon you’ll be at welfarestate costs of almost 50% of the annual budget, like Germany.

    Once again I remind you (even some may already be bored of it, but I don’t care): Germany’s budget for 2010 is 320 billion Euros. Out of those 80 billion are new additional debt (25%) and 150 billion go directly into the German welfarestate (almost 50%.)

    In comparison, the costs for the German welfare state in 2001 were 30% of the budget.

  • exceller

    Obama’s vision of America is taking shape.

  • Kemo Sabe

    D E B T . . .

    Louis Farrakhan: “Our Muslim World Wants to See the US/UK Handcuffed”

    “You don’t know how much our muslim world is anxious to see the enemy handcuffed. The enemy – the British and the Americans have created all of that havoc in the islamic world…..And imagine us rising up in America at a time when there’s no superpower to deal with us.”

  • kato

    All these government handouts, yet the approval numbers for the Jivemaster and the Pelosi-Reid Congress continue to decline.

    Except among blacks. Enough said.

  • john
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  • Granny

    BuddyGNo Gravatar
    August 30th, 2010 | 6:54 am | #2

    Why work ? Just go on the government tit like everyone else.

    With a real unemployment rate at nearly 20% and no job growth in sight, we cannot blame our fellow Americans for trying to feed their families. Until you’ve experienced the shame many of them feel by having to go ask for that help, perhaps you’ve no room to talk.

    Rather than play the blame game, our energies might be better put to use trying to do something real to put America back to work!

  • Historian

    “That’s up at least 17% since the recession began in December 2007.”

    Republican George W. Bush had his steady hand on America’s tiller during 2007 and 2008 and into 2009.

    Nice try, though.

  • carol-Christian Soldier

    WELFARE KILLED DETROIT-NOW it will KILL the rest of the country!!!!

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  • BuddyG


    We CAN blame many of our fellow Americans for cheating the system at everyone else’s expense.

    For example :
    USDA Choice Certified

    “the 2008 farm bill earmarked $1.25 billion to compensate a predicted total of 86,000 African American farmers for discriminatory practices against them. But according to the Census Bureau, there are were 39,697 African American farmers in the nation in 2007, and even fewer in previous years”

  • Chisum
  • Bob

    A liberal told me last night that the problems we have today with the economy can be traced back to the oil embargo in the 1970s. These people people are really losing it.

  • PJ

    The feds keep expanding those eligible and then advertising to attract “customers,” all to get that dependent majority. Then they can really take over.

  • down with dems

    Doesn’t matter that it’s BAD… it’s UNPRECEDENTED and it happened on his watch so he gets to claim credit and use that word again.

  • No Man

    What a coincidence!

    That’s the number of people that think Obamboozle is doing a good job.

    If you don’t fire the dems this November, they’ll add another 20 or 30 million (bring in all the relatives) invaders with amnesty voting rights.

    Then, the game is over.