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Jul 08 2013

Federal Food Aid Recipients Now Outnumber Private Sector Workers

We have passed the tipping point, beyond which a moral, decent, responsible government would be unelectable. There are now more people nursing at the federal teat than there are private sector workers:

The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012.

Unsurprisingly, a recent Inspector General audit of the USDA’s Food Nutrition Service found that “these 15 individual programs may be inefficient, due to overlap and duplication.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 97,180,000 full-time private sector workers in 2012.

Do the math and it becomes obvious that America is doomed if we don’t reverse course immediately. Those who work are the slaves of those who don’t. The percentage of the wealth we create that we are permitted to keep will steadily shrink toward zero.

This clearly unsustainable state of affairs was made inevitable the moment the federal government overstepped its constitutional limitations and became involved in redistributing wealth. This predictably created a vicious cycle of parasitism, whereby the government is incentivized to give out ever more of other people’s money so as to win reelection with the support of a growing segment of the population that finds it easier to vote for a living than to work in an economy that is collapsing under the tax burden of the ever-expanding welfare state. Government becomes corrupt; the economy tanks; morals dissolve; our national character degenerates until we find ourselves ashamed of our only recently great country. In the long run, the price of allowing liberalism so much as a toehold is more than any civilization can afford to pay.

The next milestone: total Cloward-Piven collapse, immediately followed by a system modeled on Soviet communism. Our wealth and freedom will be gone, but at least everyone will be equal — especially our rulers and members of the privileged special interest groups they favor, who will be far more equal than the rest of us.

Big Government and those corrupted into becoming its servants.

On a tip from Artfldgr.

14 Responses to “Federal Food Aid Recipients Now Outnumber Private Sector Workers”

  1. things that can't go on forever won't says:

    So it is already at the point where the half of the population who is gainfully employed takes care of the other half? How bout that socialist utopia comrade? Now get to work millions on welfare are counting on you.

  2. Rich says:


  3. loves me some rhetorical questions says:

    Do you think it will reach the point where interest on the debt will take up 100% of GDP?

  4. Henry says:

    Only a few years left (if that); stock up and arm up, folks.

  5. Laurie says:

    “There are now more people nursing at the federal teat than there are private sector workers”

    And has anyone noticed that the GOP has said nothing about this? This is yet another opportunity to take down Barack Hussein, and the GOP does nothing.

    That’s why the Tea Party will put them out to pasture in the next election.

  6. KHarn says:

    I wondered why I heard the sound of high fives coming from DC.

    “Liberals” announcing that CAPITALISM has failed in 4…3…2..

  7. Fiberal says:

    Second time today the image of a completely innocent animal is used to portray authoritarian degeneracy.

    That’s consistent with the enlightened muslim hostility toward animals, isn’t it?

    (guess I’m supposed to say ‘sarc’ here).

  8. Flu-Bird says:

    The demactats need to junk the donkey and replace it with the old sow

  9. Rich says:


    Capitalism has not failed – it was murdered…..

  10. bobdog says:

    As Abraham Lincoln once famously said about government office seekers, “There’s too many pigs for the tits.”

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  12. whotothewhat says:

    It looks like we will need to reboot this country very soon.

  13. Spambot says:

    Slippery slope fallacy alert!

  14. Spambot says:

    Slippery slope fallacy alert!

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