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    CNSNews.com) - Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau. They also out-numbered the total population of the Philippines.
    There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011. That included both private-sector and government workers.
    That means there were about 1.07 people getting some form of means-tested government benefit for every 1 person working full-time year round.
    The Census Bureau counted as recipients of means-tested government programs “anyone residing in a household in which one or more people received benefits from the program.” Many of these people lived in households receiving more than one form of means-tested benefit at the same time.
    Among the 108,592,000 people who fit the Census Bureau’s description of a means-tested benefit recipient in the fourth quarter of 2011 were 82,457,000 people in households receiving Medicaid, 49,073,000 beneficiaries of food stamps, 20,223,000 on Supplemental Security Income, 23,228,000 in the Women, Infants and Children program, 13,433,000 in public or subsidized rental housing, and 5,854,000 in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Also among the 108,592,000 means-tested benefit recipients counted by the Census Bureau were people getting free or reduced-price lunch or breakfast, state-administered supplemental security income and means-tested veterans pensions.
    - See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/tere....s0UxDQZo.dpuf
    CNSNews.com) - Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau. They also out-numbered the total population of the Philippines.
    There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011. That included both private-sector and government workers.
    That means there were about 1.07 people getting some form of means-tested government benefit for every 1 person working full-time year round.
    The Census Bureau counted as recipients of means-tested government programs “anyone residing in a household in which one or more people received benefits from the program.” Many of these people lived in households receiving more than one form of means-tested benefit at the same time.
    Among the 108,592,000 people who fit the Census Bureau’s description of a means-tested benefit recipient in the fourth quarter of 2011 were 82,457,000 people in households receiving Medicaid, 49,073,000 beneficiaries of food stamps, 20,223,000 on Supplemental Security Income, 23,228,000 in the Women, Infants and Children program, 13,433,000 in public or subsidized rental housing, and 5,854,000 in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Also among the 108,592,000 means-tested benefit recipients counted by the Census Bureau were people getting free or reduced-price lunch or breakfast, state-administered supplemental security income and means-tested veterans pensions.
    - See more at: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/tere....s0UxDQZo.dpuf
    Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
    Robert Southwell, S.J.

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    "Means-tested veterans' pensions?" I didn't know that there was such a thing.
    Bask in the warmth of the Deep South
    No one will be denied:
    Big law suits and bathroom toots;
    We're all getting Dixie-fried.
    But somewhere Hank and Lefty
    Are rollin' in their graves
    While kudzu vines grow over signs that read "Jesus Saves."

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    • #3
      Not going to delve through reams of data here, but there are quite a few flaws that I could see in this type of study.
      I am sure there is a crossover of a number of people that work full time and collect one of the benefits listed.
      There will also be a number of people that work part time that do not receive any benefits because the part time work provides all the income they need.
      Counting "as recipients of means-tested government programs “anyone residing in a household in which one or more people received benefits from the program.” would mean that if if full time employed non-benefit receiving Joe lives with his divorced sister Jill who has 2 kids and is receiving one of the benefits, then Joe is also counted as a recipient making it 4 in column A and 1 in column B. If Joe is a part time working student, then it is 4 to 0.

      Frankly this looks like more of the Us vs. Them crap I have come to expect from the Feds where any side can use the data and numbers to bolster inane positions.
      While it may have been Lincoln that said "a house divided cannot stand", Philip II's philosophy of divide and conquer seems to be the one our Federal Government has adopted as more self serving.
      We are so fucked.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Adam View Post
        "Means-tested veterans' pensions?" I didn't know that there was such a thing.
        I didn't either and was trying to think of something that could apply...perhaps a disability benefit?
        Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
        Robert Southwell, S.J.

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        • #5
          The original post was too long.

          I'm outta here.

          Someone contact me if they cut off my VA shit.
          Robert Francis O'Rourke, Democrat, White guy, spent ~78 million to defeat, Ted Cruz, Republican immigrant Dark guy …
          and lost …
          But the Republicans are racist.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by phillygirl View Post
            I didn't either and was trying to think of something that could apply...perhaps a disability benefit?
            Disability and pension for high income earners.

            http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/cos...assessment.asp
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            -John Locke

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