Government assistance expands
February 7th, 2012
09:03 AM ET
9 years ago

Government assistance expands

New York (CNNMoney) - More than one in three Americans lived in households that received Medicaid, food stamps or other means-based government assistance, according to a new report.

And when Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits are included, nearly half of the nation lived in a household that received a government check, according to the analysis of third-quarter 2010 Census data done by the Mercatus Center at George Washington University. That's more than 148 million Americans.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. macrasta

    so is the GOP saying to 148 million Americans we should not be helping you...even though many of them have worked most of the lives and contributed to these gov funds...I wonder how many of those 148mil are tea partiers ??

    February 7, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. gg

    another round of republicans in power those numbers will double

    February 7, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |

    N.S.S. We can blame Bush for this 100%. I for one have never received goverment assistance, but I know plenty of people who do and need it. Majority of the special needs kids in my clinic are on Medicaid. Now this is what get's me. The far right is against contraception and abortion, yet when a child is born and is underprivelaged, they're completely against them receiving any type of government assistance. It's just ridiculous.

    February 7, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I wonder why that is. After 75 years of big social government programs everything should have been fixed. There should be no problem. So I have to ask Wha Hoppen? Too many cooks in the kitchen?

    February 7, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    And that's exactly what the government wants – an America wholly dependent on the government to survive. Our elections have become a popularity contest of which candidate promises you the most goodies. Bye bye, America. You were a great lady.

    February 7, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Obama and the Democrats have been very successful in turning this country into a welfare state. You can call it all kinds of fancy names to avoid using the real word (the usual liberal tactic) but it is government welfare. Now almost HALF this country is on the dole and Obama and the Democrats won't be happy until it is far more. Just where is he going to find all the rich people to pay for this ever growing WELFARE STATE???

    February 7, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. diridi

    Always cry on Government benefit expands, but do not and never will cry on how Rich evaded Taxes in USA. Shame on these cries. o.k, Listen, I am not drawing any kind of Govt. Assistance, nor unemployment benefit, and never applied for food coupons, knock on the woods, But I always think of Middle Class America, how they were suppressed by these Rich Republican idiots for the last forty years. Wake up. In groups, go to voting and vote all the Congress and Republican idiots out of offices. Drive their devil out of America. Greed is killing this nation. Obama2012.

    February 7, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. fernace

    Yep, not surprising cosidering our economic situation! Since we are on the up-swing now, these #s will decline, because living on the government dole is demeaning & stigmatizing! However, this is a perfect example of why we do need these citizen-payed for safetynet programs when times are hard! Can any1 imagine what it would be like if 148 million Americans did NOT have this help right now!? I don't even want to imagine it!!

    February 7, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Larry in Houston

    My wife was trying to buy some bath towels the other day – she went to J.C. Penny, went to the area that had the

    towels – was looking for : CANNON – MADE IN U.S.A

    does this tell anybody anything ? Hello ?

    why do you think people here in this country are more dependent on Government Assistance, more & more, now days ?

    Hello ?

    Larry IN Houston

    February 7, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |