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txradioguy
02-09-2012, 03:26 AM
The American public's dependence on the federal government shot up 23% in just two years under President Obama, with 67 million now relying on some federal program, according to a newly released study by the Heritage Foundation.

The conservative think tank's annual Index of Dependence on Government tracks money spent on housing, health, welfare, education subsidies and other federal programs that were "traditionally provided to needy people by local organizations and families."

The two-year increase under Obama is the biggest two-year jump since Jimmy Carter was president, the data show.

The rise was driven mainly by increases in housing subsidies, an expansion in Medicaid and changes to the welfare system, along with a sharp rise in food stamps, the study found.

"You can't get around the fact that policy decisions made over the past two years, on top of those made over the past several decades, are having a large effect on the pace of growth of the index," said William Beach, who authored the Heritage study.

Government dependence has climbed steadily since 1962, when the index stood at 19. By 1980, the index had risen to 100. It stood at 294 in 2010, the last year for which the data are available. D.C.-based Heritage has produced the index for nine years.

The report also found that spending on "dependence programs" accounts for more than 70% of the federal budget. That, too, is up dramatically. In 1990, for example, the figure stood at 48.5%, and in 1962 just over a quarter of federal spending went to dependence programs.

http://news.investors.com/Article/600452/201202080802/government-dependence-jumps-under-president-obama.htm

Bailey
02-09-2012, 07:09 AM
Shit like this worries me, no way will the moucher class dare vote against someone giving them handouts.

txradioguy
02-09-2012, 07:56 AM
Shit like this worries me, no way will the moucher class dare vote against someone giving them handouts.

That's what the Libtards want. They get enough Americans suckered into believing that everything they ever needs comes straight from the Federal Government and you'll never get another Republican elected to office again.

Bailey
02-09-2012, 08:15 AM
That's what the Libtards want. They get enough Americans suckered into believing that everything they ever needs comes straight from the Federal Government and you'll never get another Republican elected to office again.

At least one that preaches Independence and hard work.

Arroyo_Doble
02-09-2012, 09:36 AM
http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/02/~/media/Images/Reports/2012/02/cda1202/CDA2012indexdependencegovtchart12600px.ashx?w=600&h=421&as=1

txradioguy
02-09-2012, 09:55 AM
http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/02/~/media/Images/Reports/2012/02/cda1202/CDA2012indexdependencegovtchart12600px.ashx?w=600&h=421&as=1

Ok...and?

Bailey
02-09-2012, 01:11 PM
Ok...and?

I think he's trying to point out that people are becoming more and more dependent on the feds for some time before obama came to town.

txradioguy
02-09-2012, 01:22 PM
I think he's trying to point out that people are becoming more and more dependent on the feds for some time before obama came to town.

The article says that. The point is the sharp increase of those dependent on the Feds since fanboy's hero ascended to his throne.

Bailey
02-09-2012, 01:31 PM
The article says that. The point is the sharp increase of those dependent on the Feds since fanboy's hero ascended to his throne.

Well AD loves to play the devils advocate in every thread no matter what the topic. So I really dont know then what he means. We could be talking about saving kittens from freezing to death and he would get on and debate us on the evils of saving kittens. :D

Arroyo_Doble
02-09-2012, 01:33 PM
Well AD loves to play the devils advocate in every thread no matter what the topic. So I really dont know then what he means. We could be talking about saving kittens from freezing to death and he would get on and debate us on the evils of saving kittens. :D

I am getting tired of all the dead bird feathers in my back yard.

JB
02-09-2012, 07:11 PM
1 in 5...OK, since about 1975 it's been 20+%.

Except for the GW years where it fell below 20%. How did manage to pull that off? And can we get back to that.

Arroyo_Doble
02-10-2012, 10:00 AM
OK, since about 1975 it's been 20+%.

Except for the GW years where it fell below 20%. How did manage to pull that off? And can we get back to that.

I think it is absurd and more than likely arbitrary.

The real number is 100%

Odysseus
02-10-2012, 01:59 PM
I am getting tired of all the dead bird feathers in my back yard.
What you do to birds in your back yard is your own business, and we'd prefer that you keep it that way.

I think it is absurd and more than likely arbitrary.

The real number is 100%
Let's see your math.

Arroyo_Doble
02-10-2012, 02:18 PM
Let's see your math.

Look in the mirror and tell me what percentage of Americans do not depend on you.