Contrary to “Entitlement Society” Rhetoric, Over Nine-Tenths of Entitlement Benefits Go to Elderly, Disabled, or Working Households
I suggest you read the whole thing, but here’s a snapshot:
A new CBPP analysis of budget and Census data, however, shows that more than 90 percent of the benefit dollars that entitlement and other mandatory programs spend go to assist people who are elderly, seriously disabled, or members of working households — not to able-bodied, working-age Americans who choose not to work.
Also, contrary to what a substantial share of Americans may assume, non-Hispanic whites receive slightly more than their proportionate share of entitlement benefits. Non-Hispanic whites accounted for 64 percent of the population in 2010 and received 69 percent of the entitlement benefits. In contrast, Hispanics made up 16 percent of the population but received 12 percent of the benefits, less than their proportionate share — likely because they are a younger population and also because immigrants, including many legal immigrants, are ineligible for various benefits. Non-Hispanic African Americans account for 12 percent of the population and received 14 percent of the benefits.
From only the excerpts above, you get the picture of a nation in which even many of those who can find work aren’t able to make ends meet without government assistance. Furthermore, government assistance isn’t being handed out in disproportionate amounts to lazy minorities. This also means that there are a lot of hard-working poor white people behind the eight ball, too. It’s a complex situation that neither corporate political party is adequately addressing. It’s also a social and political powder keg.