April 17, 2014

“86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers”

Once too many people learn they can vote themselves other people’s money / labor / liberty, well…


Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000.

That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week.

These are the people who built America, and these are the people who can sustain it as a free country. The liberal media have not made them famous like the polar bear, but they are truly a threatened species.

It is not a rancher with a few hundred head of cattle that is attacking their habitat, nor an energy company developing a fossil fuel. It is big government and its primary weapon — an ever-expanding welfare state.

First, let’s look at the basic taxonomy of the full-time, year-round American worker.

In 2012, according to the Census Bureau, approximately 103,087,000 people worked full-time, year-round in the United States. “A full-time, year-round worker is a person who worked 35 or more hours per week (full time) and 50 or more weeks during the previous calendar year (year round),” said the Census Bureau. “For school personnel, summer vacation is counted as weeks worked if they are scheduled to return to their job in the fall.”

Of the 103,087,000 full-time, year-round workers, 16,606,000 worked for the government. That included 12,597,000 who worked for state and local government and 4,009,000 who worked for the federal government.

The 86,429,000 Americans who worked full-time, year-round in the private sector, included 77,392,000 employed as wage and salary workers for private-sector enterprises and 9,037,000 who worked for themselves. (There were also approximately 52,000 who worked full-time, year-round without pay in a family enterprise.)

At first glance, 86,429,000 might seem like a healthy population of full-time private-sector workers. But then you need to look at what they are up against.

The Census Bureau also estimates the size of the benefit-receiving population.

This population, too, falls into two broad categories. The first includes those who receive benefits for public services they performed or in exchange for payroll taxes they dutifully paid their entire working lives. Among these, for example, are those receiving veteran’s benefits, those on unemployment and those getting Medicare and Social Security.

The second category includes those who get “means-tested” government benefits — or welfare. These include, for example, those who get Medicaid, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, public housing, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Women, Infants Children.

Let’s examine this second category first, which the Census Bureau reports as “anyone residing in a household in which one or more people received benefits from the program.”

In the last quarter of 2011, according to the Census Bureau, approximately 82,457,000 people lived in households where one or more people were on Medicaid. 49,073,000 lived in households were someone got food stamps. 23,228,000 lived in households where one or more got WIC. 20,223,000 lived in households where one or more got SSI. 13,433,000 lived in public or government-subsidized housing.

Of course, it stands to reason that some people lived in households that received more than one welfare benefit at a time. To account for this, the Census Bureau published a neat composite statistic: There were 108,592,000 people in the fourth quarter of 2011 who lived in a household that included people on “one or more means-tested program.”


147,802,000 non-veteran benefit takers outnumbered the 86,429,000 full-time private sector workers 1.7 to 1.

How much more can the 86,429,000 endure?

As more baby boomers retire, and as Obamacare comes fully online — with its expanded Medicaid rolls and federally subsidized health insurance for anyone earning less than 400 percent of the poverty level — the number of takers will inevitably expand. And the number of full-time private-sector workers might also contract.

Eventually, there will be too few carrying too many, and America will break.

— Either that, or those who do pay taxes engage in civil disobedience and make the IRS came after every last one of the nearly 86.5 million who are among the actual owners the government, but who seem to be losing their representation when it comes to matters of taxation — thanks to an ever-expanding welfare state into which Democrats and Republicans alike (in an act of love, naturally) want to give citizenship to an additional 20 million illegals, many of whom are probably already on some sort of public assistance, and who will further drain the system once they can apply for all benefits legally.

That, too, would break America, but it would do so in a way that showed just who exactly is in charge.

Meh, who are we kidding. The government would just print itself more money and cause hyperinflation.  Because it’s appetite for spending is insatiable, and the fact that the money it’s spending doesn’t exist isn’t going to stop it from splurging anyway.

After all, the Weimar Republic was just another bump in the road to Paradise, amiright?  I mean, lots of carbon polluters were retired in that golden age of purification.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 12:52pm

Comments (10)

  1. It’s been several months since I’ve read anyone talk about going Galt, but this ought to be pushing a few more people into thinking about it.

  2. >lots of carbon polluters were retired in that golden age of purification. <

    Jews in Donetsk, Ukraine Told to “Register or Have Your Property Confiscated”

  3. President came out to try and convince use that Obamacare is working fine and everyone wants it and republicans only dislike it because of him.
    Also Putin needs to wake up and realize that siezing a bunch of stuff in eastern Europe is not what people want.

    What a dope.

    And the press still eats it up.

  4. So, the US is like a “crazy cat lady”?

  5. I’m about ready to start singing the alternative version of ‘Anything Goes’ just to end the sketch.

    “Everything Goes In, Everything goes out…”

  6. Wow. Boxer better get his ass in gear, that’s a lot of sheep.

  7. I scribbled all over my census. Wildly. In different pens, and different handwritings. My scribbles obscured legitimate entries. Basically, corrupted with false racial information, calumny for asking, and swears.

    Then I felt bad about all that irrationality and opened it, and saw, yeah, it really is that bad. They’re going to send the goons after me and do the double hard long interview with persons appearing at the door to harass me. And now it is torn opened and taped closed. Oh well.

    But that did not happen, surely they disregarded all of it and put me in the nutter pile.

    The whole time I was cross because they have no business inquiring about race, that is not their mission. They’re piggy-backing onto a legitimate thing and adding all their illegitimate crap onto it, now distorting that information therein to lie to American people as to where the nation stands regarding healthcare. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

    These are lies from lies from lies. These numbers are suspect, their gathering illegal, they mean nothing except evil and those practicing this distorted numerology with racism always in mind, racism always the motivator, are evil themselves and their writings rejected.

  8. Oh, come on, man — if we didn’t have the Census to tell us where all the brown people live, how would we know where to hoard all our good White Air?

  9. “Eventually, there will be too few carrying too many, and America will break.”

    But then we will be much like the rest of the world’s peoples, taken down the many notches Mr. Obama has decided we need be taken down. He can then look out on the streets, as he did whilst an impressionable child growing up in Indonesia, and finally feel at home.

  10. Jeez. And I just wrote several checks to Uncle Sam and Uncle Independent Man on Tuesday. Why do I feel like it was wasted and at the point of a gun?