On 21 Jan 2015
Why 50% Of "Exceptional" America Gets Checks From Uncle Sam,
This is clear evidence that either
1) the opportunities for lower class folks - say bottom 30% are much worse than they used to be.
2) the 'means' test has gotten easier to pass.
3) people have gotten lazy.
The biggest increases are in food stamps, wic, disability (SSI) and medicaid. So, food and medicine for the bottom tier and disabled of society.
I've checked the test for food stamps for a member of my extended family who is not doing well. You have to be pretty darn poor to qualify, basically, someone working 40 hrs a week at minimum wage and living on their own would get some help. That pretty much rules out #2.
I don't think people have fundamentally changed so much and gotten lazier, but that's debatable.
I'm thinking it's b/c the job creators are buy creating jobs in other countries. The opportunities are just not good for the bottom 30%.
The disabilities issue has something to do with the Bush wars, as 3.6 million vets are on disability. I don't know how the others on SSI break down.
What do you whiners think is the reason for the increase?