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Welfare Dependency, Echos of the Great Depression

Today, nearly 110 million Americans are receiving welfare from the federal government. There are more than 80 different means tested welfare programs administered by the federal government today. Food stamps and Medicaid make up the largest chunk of the handouts. Since 2000 Medicaid has increased from 34 million recipients to 54 million recipients in 2011. During that same timeframe, food stamps (SNAP) grew from 17 million to 45 million recipients in 2011. Since Barack Obama became President, spending on food stamps has increase 100 percent.

Why is this 100 million dependency mark so significant? There are just 314 million …

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