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

Posted on :Apr 17, 2014

CNS News

April 17, 2014

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.”
Those  108,592,000 outnumbered the 86,429,000 full-time private-sector workers  who inhabited the United States in 2012 by almost 1.3 to 1.
This  brings us to the first category of benefit receivers. There were  49,901,000 people receiving Social Security in the fourth quarter of  2011, and 46,440,000 receiving Medicare. There were also 5,098,000  getting unemployment compensation.
And there were also, 3,178,000 veterans receiving benefits and 34,000 veterans getting educational assistance.
All  told, including both the welfare recipients and the non-welfare  beneficiaries, there were 151,014,000 who “received benefits from one or  more programs” in the fourth quarter of 2011. Subtract the 3,212,000  veterans, who served their country in the most profound way possible,  and that leaves 147,802,000 non-veteran benefit takers.
The 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.

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