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Dependent Nation

15th February 2013

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Vedder said Department of Labor statistics show four programs in particular contribute to  Americans’ increasing dependence on government.

  •     Food stamps, or The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as it’s now known. Nearly 30 million more Americans receive them than in the year 2000.
  •     Social Security Disability: 3 million Americans  received payments in 1990 — today it’s 8.6 million.
  •     Pell grants: 3.9 million students were awarded them in 2000. Today it’s 9.7 million, even though  nearly half of graduates work in jobs that require no degree.
  •     And extended unemployment benefits: 26 weeks had been the standard — today it’s 52 weeks or more for many.

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