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Old 02-05-2013, 12:18 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by evolved View Post

That chart is so skewed it's ridiculous. Let's take this example.....if you are on disability and you have a wife, 4 kids, an elderly parent and a disabled brother living with you that graph will count 8 people as "being on welfare".

Go look at sites like the US Department of Commerce, or the US Department of Health & Human Services. Here's a nice summary for you:
Call me crazy, but that is a FAR MORE ACCURATE representation than the inverse (where that household is counted as one individual. After all, each of those mouths marks an increase in the amount of "welfare" which must be provided to that single household.

Originally Posted by casino is no lie View Post
Doesn't seem accurate when compared to other sources.

Welfare Statistics:
Total number of Americans on welfare; 4,300,000
Total number of Americans on food stamps; 46,700,000
Total number of Americans on unemployment insurance; 5,600,000
Percent of the US population on welfare; 4.1 %
Total government spending on welfare annually (not including food stamps or unemployment); $131.9 billion

Date Verified: 10.15.2012
Source: US Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, CATO Institute
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But if these data points are viewing a single household as a single person, that number is skewed. If you have a husband, wife, 4 kids, and two parents living in a household where nobody works, what is the total number of people on government assistance? 2? 4? 8?

To me, that is 8 people dependent on the government for their livelihood.

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