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    18 Stats That Prove That Government Dependence Has Reached Epidemic Levels

    Michael Snyder
    April 22nd, 2014
    The American Dream
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    This article has been generously contributed by Michael Snyder. You can follow his regular writings, research and analysis at The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream. Read his recent book The Beginning of the End to get an idea of what America may look like in the very near future.

    Did you know that the number of Americans getting benefits from the federal government each month exceeds the number of full-time workers in the private sector by more than 60 million?  In other words, the number of people that are taking money out of the system is far greater than the number of people that are putting money into the system.  And did you know that nearly 70 percent of all of the money that the federal government spends goes toward entitlement and welfare programs?  When it comes to the transfer of wealth, nobody does it on a grander scale than the U.S. government.  Most of what the government does involves taking money from some people and giving it to other people.  In fact, at this point that is the primary function of the federal government.

    Just check out the chart below.  It comes from the Heritage Foundation, and it shows that 69 percent of all federal money is spent either on entitlements or on welfare programs…

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    So when people tell you that the main reason why we are being taxed into oblivion is so that we can “build roads” and provide “public services”, they are lying to you.  The main reason why the government taxes you so much is so that they can take your money and give it to someone else.

    We have become a nation that is completely and totally addicted to government money.  The following are 18 stats that prove that government dependence has reached epidemic levels…

    #1 According to an analysis of U.S. government numbers conducted by Terrence P. Jeffrey, there are 86 million full-time private sector workers in the United States paying taxes to support the government, and nearly 148 million Americans that are receiving benefits from the government each month.  How long can such a lopsided system possibly continue?

    #2 Ten years ago, the number of women in the U.S. that had jobs outnumbered the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin.  But now the number of women in the U.S. on food stamps actually exceedsthe number of women that have jobs.

    #3 The U.S. government has spent an astounding 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs over the past five years.

    #4 Today, the federal government runs about 80 different “means-tested welfare programs”, and almost all of those programs have experienced substantial growth in recent years.

    #5 Back in 1960, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages was approximately 10 percent.  In the year 2000, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages was approximately 21 percent.  Today, the ratio of social welfare benefits to salaries and wages is approximately 35 percent.

    #6 While Barack Obama has been in the White House, the total number of Americans on food stamps has gone from 32 million to nearly 47 million.

    #7 Back in the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans was on food stamps.  Today, about one out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.

    #8 It sounds crazy, but the number of Americans on food stamps now exceedsthe entire population of the nation of Spain.

    #9 According to one calculation, the number of Americans on food stamps is now greater than the combined populations of “Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.”

    #10 According to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, 43 percentof all immigrants that have been in the United States for at least 20 years are still on welfare.

    #11 Back in 1965, only one out of every 50 Americans was on Medicaid.  Today,more than 70 million Americans are on Medicaid, and it is being projected that Obamacare will add 16 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

    #12 The number of Americans on Medicare is projected to grow from a little bit more than 50 million today to 73.2 million in 2025.

    #13 Medicare is facing unfunded liabilities of more than 38 trillion dollars over the next 75 years.  That comes to approximately $328,404 for each and every household in the United States.

    #14 If the number of Americans enrolled in the Social Security disability program were gathered into a single state, it would be the 8th largest state in the entire country.

    #15 In 1968, there were 51 full-time workers for every American on disability.  Today, there are just 13 full-time workers for every American on disability.

    #16 It is being projected that the number of Americans on Social Security will rise from about 62 million today to more than 100 million in 25 years.

    #17 Overall, the Social Security system is facing a 134 trillion dollar shortfallover the next 75 years.

    #18 According to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49.2 percent of all Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program each month.  Back in 1983, less than a third of all Americans lived in a home that received direct monetary benefits from the federal government.

    Many will read this and will assume that I am against helping the poor.  That is completely and totally not true.  There will always be people that are impoverished, and this happens for many reasons.  In many cases, people simply lack the capacity to take care of themselves.  It is a good thing to take care of such people, whether the money comes from public or private sources.  In every society, those that are the most vulnerable need to be looked after.

    But it is a very troubling sign that the number of people on government assistance is now far, far greater than the number of people with full-time jobs.  This is not a sustainable situation.  The federal government is already drowning in debt, and yet more people become dependent on the government with each passing day.

    The long-term solution is to get more Americans working or starting their own businesses, but the federal government continues to pursue policies that are absolutely killing the creation of jobs and the creation of small businesses in this country.  So our epidemic of government dependence is going to continue to get worse.

    And many of these programs are absolutely riddled with fraud and corruption.  Just check out the following excerpt from a recent Natural News article

    To understand the extent of this fraudulent waste, go no further than Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who raked in $20.8 million from Medicare in 2012 alone. Dr. Melgen isn’t the only one bathing in the fraud of this crony government program. Medicare dished out over $1 million to almost 4,000 doctors in 2012, according to the new data release analyzed by The Washington Post.

    Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is calling on the public for help in identifying fraud. He says, “The program is funded by and large by taxpayer dollars. The public has a right to know what it is paying for. We know there is fraud in the system. We are asking for the public’s help to check, to find waste, and to find potential fraud.”

    Instead of fixing their own problems, they want us to help them do it.

    Just great.

    And of course they always want more of our money to help fund these programs.  In fact, according to Americans for Tax Reform, Barack Obama has proposed 442 tax increases since entering the White House…

    -79 tax increases for FY 2010
    -52 tax increases for FY 2011
    -47 tax increases for FY 2012
    -34 tax increases for FY 2013
    -137 tax increases for FY 2014
    -93 tax increases for FY 2015

    Perhaps not coincidentally, the Obama budget with the lowest number of proposed tax increases was released during an election year: In February 2012, Obama released his FY 2013 budget, with “only” 34 proposed tax increases. Once safely re-elected, Obama came back with a vengeance, proposing 137 tax increases, a personal record high for the 44th President.

    The more we feed the monster, the larger and larger it grows.

    And yet poverty is not decreasing.  In fact, the poverty rate has been at 15 percent or greater for three years in a row.  That is the first time that has happened in decades.

    Barack Obama promised to “transform” America, and yet poverty and government dependence have just continued to grow during his presidency.

    Not that anyone really believes anything that he has to say at this point.  In fact, one recent survey found that only 15 percent of Americans believe that Barack Obama always tells the truth and 37 percent believe that he lies “most of the time”…

    A Fox News poll released Wednesday shows that six out of every ten Americans believes that President Barack Obama lies to the American people, at least some of the time. A plurality – 37% – say that he lies “most of the time,” while another 24% say he lies “some of the time.” Another 20% say he lies once in awhile, while only 15% say that he never lies.

    So what do you think?

    Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

    Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years. Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream. If you want to know what things in America are going to look like in a few years read his new book The Beginning of the End.

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    1. eppe says:

      Anyone here suprised????

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      • eppe says:

        Handicapped Parking

        TODAY I HAD TO RUN TO OUR LOCAL SUPERMARKET. As I approached the entrance, I noticed a driver looking for a parking space.

        I FLAGGED THE DRIVER AND POINTED OUT A PARKING SPACE IN THE HANDICAP AREA.

        The driver looked puzzled.

        “I’m not handicapped,” she said.

        Well, was my face red. “Oh, sorry about that, I saw your Obama sticker and just assumed…”

        She gave me the finger and called me some dirty names.

        I was surprised the way some people behave when you’re just trying to help them.

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        • the renegade braveheart says:

          Eppe. that one is one of your best yet. I’ll have to use that here at work. keep them coming.

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          • Iowa says:

            How can you Tithe 10% if you’re being shook down for 20%!

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            • eppe says:

              Amen bro, your situation better???

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              • PWYPreach says:

                Honestly, I have come to the conclusion that to talk sense into a Democrat is like finding fireflies during the daytime…it just doesn’t happen.

                One Democrat actually exclaimed to me recently that during Clinton’s term, he wiped out the national debt all by himself — right down to zero. I said, “Ahh, no, he did not.” “Oh, yes, he did!!” exclaimed the fervent Democrat.

                And now they claim Obama is the Messiah. I honestly have never met a more delusional group of people.

                BUT the bottom line is: The common theme of a Democrat is they want to be taken care of albeit through socialism or communism….it really doesn’t matter to them.

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                • sixpack says:

                  Leave your door open and you’ll soon find out where all the flies went…at least that’s how it is here.

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                • Tucker says:

                  The democrat imbecile you were talking to is dumber than a box of rusty hammers.

                  The left under Clinton were using smoke & mirrors to create the illusion that they were balancing the budget, but what they actually doing was dishonestly juggling the numbers and using farcical projections that were based on fanciful and totally unrealistic predictions that were tied to a number of factors. Such as the now proven to be false assumption that the US Government would be reaping huge tax revenues which would be driven by a robust stock market, and the capital gains taxes that Americans would be paying when they sold their stocks to capture their gains.

                  Instead, the greasy Wall Street thieves suckered millions of investors out of billions of dollars, the market nose-dived, and the small investors have fled the market to avoid having what little money they have left from being stolen from them by the swarms of mostly jewish swindlers who infest Wall Street like a school of starving piranhas.

                  So, what Clinton and his left wing cronies were doing was nothing more than running a con job that I find it hard to believe they themselves even took seriously.

                  BTW: This excellent effort by Michael Snyder should be kept as a vitally important reference source in our battle against the on-going effort by the evil DemoRATS and their equally evil RINOrats to pass amnesty to the 35-40 million illegal, felony crime committing aliens who are in our nation and then grant these illegal lawbreaking aliens the right to import another 50-150 million of their parasitic, uneducated, low-skilled, incompatible, indigestible mestizo relatives from Mexico, Central and South America. Every single one of these mestizos will become automatic, life-time Democrat-Communist-Socialist party voters and that means it will be literally impossible to ever cut these social entitlement programs – and the working native born of America’s middle class will literally be devoured by these bloodsucking leeches.

                  For a sobering glimpse of what sort of future White America will face, read this one:

                  http://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2014/04/what-does-becoming-a-minority-mean-for-the-social-status-of-whites/#more-23007

                  Key Excerpts:

                  “Importing millions of poor, uneducated people will be an ever-increasing drain on society as a whole and will lead to political power for redistributionist policies that will hurt Whites.”

                  “As Whites decline in political power they will be increasingly unable to prevent being taxed to support public goods for this underclass of poor and unskilled non-Whites.”

                  “Immigration advocates are playing a very dangerous game. Racial polarization in the context where a formerly dominant majority is in the position of not only ceding political power but also funding social services for the ascendant majority is a political time bomb.”

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              • Gods Creation says:

                “””So when people tell you that the main reason why we are being taxed into oblivion is so that we can “build roads” and provide “public services”, they are lying to you. The main reason why the government taxes you so much is so that they can take your money and give it to someone else.”””

                Yes, people who tell you that federal taxes pay for roads and public services and benefits are in fact lying.

                The main reason the corp taxes you so much is to pay the interest on it’s debt to the banksters.

                NOT ONE SINGLE PENNY goes to finance the corp or pay ANY benefit to ANY citizen. That is the benefit it receives for allowing the banksters a counterfeiting monopoly. Unlimited funny money.

                Until you understand that your taxes pay the banksters and nothing else, everything you think about the government is based on the wrong assumption…

                That YOU fund it.

                If you did, it would have to listen to you. But since the banksters fund it with a fraud, it must do what they need it to do to keep the scam going.

                Quit whining about the corp paying benefits to other people with your money. The banksters buy support, in the form of “benefits” for their operations with money created out of nothing.

                They tax you to line their pockets for their trouble.

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                • durango kidd says:

                  Social Security is not an “entitlement” unless you believe you are entitled to the return of and on the capital the government “borrowed” from you for 40 years with the promise to pay you back.

                  Sounds alot like, myIRA doesn’t it? Not really. myIRA is voluntary. SS was mandatory.

                  Engage these MF or be enslaved by them ….. :-(

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                • Gods Creation says:

                  “””SS was mandatory. “””

                  NO IT IS NOT MANDATORY. If it were, it would be unconstitutional. It is a voluntary franchise, which is precisely why the IRS is always trying to get “voluntary compliance” from the sheep.

                  It is presented as mandatory in the places where the corp drones are trained, but that does not make it mandatory.

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                • durango kidd says:

                  GC: Tell that to the employer’s who make those automatic deductions. Like you have never, ever made any “contributions” ??? LMAO!!!

                  Shit happens! :-(

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                • Gods Creation says:

                  “””GC: Tell that to the employer’s who make those automatic deductions. Like you have never, ever made any “contributions”..”””

                  The employers, and ALL who went to public schools and colleges are taught the fraud. That does not make it mandatory, and NOBODY can be required to have or use a SSN.

                  Read the history of your W-4 form and how they came to be mailed out every year. After WWII, when the temporary war tax (w-4 really meant for war), the IRS continued sending the forms and the people continued to pay the tax. So they just kept on mailing them.

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                • yourmotherwaswrong says:

                  durango kidd says:

                  “myIRA is voluntary.”

                  It is at this point, but just wait. It will end up “mandatory.”

                  The FedGov will force you into “Treasuries.” And if you don’t like it, you will be labeled a “domestic terrorist.” And if you resist it, you will be visited by a Swat team and most likely shot.

                  Land of the free, home of the brave.

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            • Mountain Trekker says:

              Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s. Trekker Out.

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              • Gods Creation says:

                “””Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.”””

                I wish I had a nickel for everybody who has ever used that quote when they had no idea what Jesus was actually saying and why.

                In another attempt to trick him, he was forced to respond to the question posed about taxes. Jesus KNOWS everything belongs to God, and nothing to Caesar.

                He was not saying you should pay Caesar taxes, merely that you pay him what is his, which is NOTHING.

                He again foiled an attempt to entrap Him, just as when he said “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” when he refused to judge a matter after appealing to the Supreme Court (God) for judgment against the woman. He could no longer judge the case, so he put the burden of judgment on everyone else present.

                Jesus was no idiot, but he is often misquoted and misunderstood by them.

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                • Juan A DeGuise says:

                  Yep. And with just a little bit of homework people would know that in this land, you are ceasar. Not a corporation.

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                • Mark says:

                  He told the disciples to fish for taxes. They fished and found gold in the mouth of fish. Jesus did not say don’t pay taxes. He said to be subject to the rulers over you and pray for them because it is God who appoints them ruler over you.

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                • sixpack says:

                  Thank you, GC. I’ve said that all along.

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                • Snowed says:

                  Studying the history a bit is telling. Many Jews refused to use the Roman coins as some said the Caesar was son of God or was God. Federal Reserve Notes say “In God We Trust” on them. Both could be seen as an anachronism by many. Certainly, many of our politicians do not bow to God. they think they themselves are God. How different is the welfare family who religiously follow the welfare religion? It dictates their behavior and their lives. Who is their God? The state? Certainly not Christ’s God as Christians are supposed to provide for themselves and their own families.

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            • nebraska says:

              What part in Iowa? I move there in 3 weeks!

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              • sixpack says:

                “nearly 70 percent of all of the money that the federal government spends goes toward entitlement and welfare programs”

                It’s kinda hard to make such a statement, because not even congress actually knows where the money goes. They’ve even said so.

                I’ll bet you anything that if we knew how much of our spending goes on black ops, like the coup (5 billion) in Ukraine, and those before it in Syria, Egypt, Libya, etc, and to pay new puppets once we get them in power, we might have a very different picture. Those missile defense systems we sent to Egypt aren’t cheap, neither are the arms we’re sending to Ukraine, behind everyone’s back, of course.

                Are we adding into this, the billions in financial “aid” we fork over to several other countries, like Israel, and other countries that hate us, or are we adding that to the “entitlements” column too?

                I know this is what everyone here wants to hear, but it nay not really be true…I think this is BS, based on only that info we are allowed to have from the govt…and the govt never lies, right?

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                • posseecom says:

                  sixpack

                  I’ll agree and go one step further..

                  Since there’s only a few physical dollars in existence to every 100 dollars digitally created..it is all a ruse a scam..that’s why there’s federal limits on cash withdrawals at every bank nationwide..

                  This whole scam is..

                  ..Corporate welfare for the banks..!!

                  JP Morgan Chase contracts with 24 states and two U.S. territories.

                  Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), a subsidiary of Xerox, has 15 state contracts.

                  eFunds Corporation, a subsidiary of Fidelity National Information Services , handles the EBT cards for 10 states and one U.S. territory.

                  Each and every month.EACH BANK receives a fee that can range from $.31 to $2.30 for each SNAP recipient.
                  EVERY SINGLE TRANSACTION through ebt/snap is charged another $.75 to $1.50.direct to the banks.

                  18 of the 24 states JP Morgan handles have been contracted to pay the bank up to $560,492,596.02 since 2004. Since 2007, Florida has been contracted to pay JP Morgan $90,351,202.22. Pennsylvania’s seven-year contract totaled $112,541,823.27. New York’s seven-year contract totaled $126,394,917.

                  As always,,the banks rule..

                  And all three heavily contribute to those in charge of the House and Senate agriculture committees..

                  Go figure..

                  possee

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            • wrong says:

              How can you afford not to Tithe 10%?

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            • Confederate says:

              Give it to God first.

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          • Mountain Trekker says:

            Let’s never forget Two American Hero’s. Hero’s for different reasons, but Hero’s none the less. Edward Snowden for revealing what we already knew, and Pat Tillman for sacrficing a career of wealth and fame to serve his country, and he gave his life doing it. Trekker Out. I Salute!

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          • NorthGeorgiaIdiotsCousin says:

            Hey Cuz in the last article they said over half who enrolled in Obamacare ain’t paid their premium. Well since you got your supplies stored here, we enrolled you in O’s program. Hope you paid the premium. We don’t want you giving us Georgians no deadbeat name. So be sure and payup Cuz.

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        • jim in Va. says:

          You go Eppe!

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        • STEVE says:

          Way to think on your feet!I needed a good laugh.Thanks for providing it for me,Eppe!

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        • TheGuy says:

          BEHEHEHEHE

          Mentally handicapped, certainly.

          At this point.

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        • smoky Mountains says:

          I am surprised they did not have a sticker already! She probably used her Obama phone to call her doctor for one after flipping you off!

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      • the renegade braveheart says:

        Eppe, no surprise here. The day is coming when these programs will run out of revenue and that’s when the ‘gimmedats’ will go berserk and ‘lose it’. I’ve got something for the ‘gimmedats’ they DON’T want.

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        • ready down under says:

          Hey Brave, we are all going to need something “special” to give the gimmedats when the taps run dry. Wont be the handout they were expecting either ……

          By the way, you guys aren’t alone with your entitlement class either, plenty of parasites here down under too!

          Going well by the way Brave, and thanks for asking. Take care of yourself my friend and keep stickin’ it to those trolls :-)

          Aussie

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          • the renegade braveheart says:

            Howdy, Aussie. glad to hear you’re doing well and yes, I’ll keep giving the trolls hell. I do have something “special” for the parasites.

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          • slingshot says:

            ready down under.

            What! No free Foster’s. What this country needs is a Government Free Beer Plan. Might be expensive but who in the hell will complain about it.

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            • sixpack says:

              people who don’t like beer, of course. There are complainers for every side of everything.

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              • ready down under says:

                Slingshot/Sixpack – Tasmania, our small island State brews what was once voted the worlds best beer – James Boags Premium. Still the best in my humble opinion and I have tried many. Fosters is a very good beer too – Ugly and I are going to share a few next time I get to Idaho. I might try and bring a case or two of Boags with me as a special treat for “family” members – but it only comes in bottles so I hope it will survive baggage handlers!

                As for the gimmedats – only thing they’ll get free from me will be something they don’t really want!

                Aussie

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      • Genius says:

        Your taxes only go to pay the interest on the debt, this country operates on credit. The more debt they can pile on, the more the bankers own you. The easiest way to pile on debt is by saying its for humanitarian purposes (welfare). Pretty simple plan and not too many people bitch about it. When the interest on the debt can no longer be paid it’s default time and walla, repo time. As the great ruler Gung Ho said “Your stuff are belong to me!” Those that arent killed or of value to them will be forced into labor camps to service the new owners. Die on your feet or live on your knees thats your choice. Maybe you can get a job in a kneepad factory. Im glad I have had a lot of good years and good times before this shit happens. If by some miracle we survive, the world aint going to be a pretty place for a long long time. Get ready, it’s coming to a theatre near you soon! Being that I like to contribute actual useful info here and not just bitch and moan and bark like a little dog about what I’m going to do here’s a site you may find very useful.. http://www.skylighter.com and also http://www.rxdocmed.com/antibiotics-medicine-usa.html I can’t help but notice that most people here don’t contribute shit as far as solutions or prepping tips but to those of you that do. thanks :)

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      • TXRNG says:

        What needs to occur is that the Government notify any and all personnel on assistance that they will in fact have to reregister in 2 months. Once they do, they have a max of 1-2 years to aquire a job or they are cut off period. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you are not an AMERICAN, your off. No more freebees. We cannot as a country substain the weak and lazy. Even if this means limiting the amount of children a family can have. It sounds mean and unfounded, yet, this is a logical path to engage.

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      • mrfaithandphysics says:

        This was painful on so many levels. That our precious capitalism has failed, and it’s all due to the liberal commies, is hard enough to bear. Then to read the comments below! My God. No wonder the Feds think we are terrorists! To be quite honest, some of you people scare the shit out of me. It’s terrifying to see such total lack of development of the amygdala – that part of the brain that allows us to feel empathy. And the article! Go back to work or die of starvation! Oh, or “just start a business”. Yeah. So simple. Easy as pie. I’ve had two. That’s why I’m on the government tit. I’m disabled and what nest egg we lost in our business in 2008. Remember that year? Might have done better going to a casino! Start a business. Jesus Christ, are you kidding me?! What silver spoon was this author fed from? Yeah, let’s just start a business. You know how much money that takes! Do you know who gets all that money you earn before a penny goes into your own pocket? So that’s out. No jobs. Yep. Just lem them all die. We have ours, right? Who gives a fk about all the retards and old people and lazy mexicans or fags or whatever the fk you hate today. I’m ashamed to be in the same species as some of you. Damn. Why are you in prison like the rest of the incompassionate, unremorseful, indifferent assholes who only know to take what they want. You take away all those subsidies to people and what do you think THEY are going to do? You want them to come and try and rob you for food so you can shoot and kill them. Fkn psychopathic hillbillies just piss me off. I make no apologies for hating the haters.

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    2. Me here says:

      I think it’s safe to say, this can not continue!

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    3. Satori says:

      one thing articles like this ALWAYS seem to leave out

      is welfare for the rich and corporations

      wonder why that is ???

      there is a MASSIVE redistribution of wealth taking place
      and ALL indications are that money is flowing from the bottom
      to the very top

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      • the renegade braveheart says:

        Satori, remember back in 2008 when the monkey said he wanted to ‘spread the wealth’? there’s one promise he kept.

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        • guerrilla says:

          I am sharing my knowledge with anybody willing & interested in being ready. Today i had a great conversation about the truth of the situation our country is in with a 40yo black man who lived thru Katrina, like Hermen Cane says, save the savable! This has been a year long culmination, it started with politics after Obama care roll out. I always choose to judge people by there actions & bridge the color gaps that the political elites create….thru my experiance people are just people, the information we consume & how we consume it is what makes us different, our coversation even turnd to racism & we had a cool helpful discution on facts & beliefs, so i pointed out that IMO media & government push race because a people united is to powerfull for a government to control.

          Keep your powder ddy my fellow patriots

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        • Night Breaker says:

          RBH,
          He’s spreading more than wealth !

          Recent events :

          No more attorney client privlidge ( free all expense paid trip to camp FEMA )

          Citizens exercising constitutional rights ( Domestic Terrorists according to Harry Reed )

          Militia ( citizens constitutional defense forces AKA : FREEFOR )

          Government mandatory insurance , be happy in your work ( sign above Chinese GULAG entrance)

          Obamucommu Opening the jail doors ( see below )

          Dead fish emuael sh**cago mayor complaining about the “hood” shootings, Where’s Napoleon Bloomberg and his anti tour when you need him. ( see above)

          BLM land Nazis , cow holocaust , Where’s the Beef?

          BLM over heard commo at Bundy ranch ” they couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn , Oh Sh*t general Custer.”

          FOOD sky rocketing in price, local shortages

          Off on another 9 day asian giveaway vacation.

          Remember he has a plan and a phone .

          May be he will find that missing airliner , BREAKING NEWS oops Debris is washing up in Australia . One can only hope for alien abduction.

          Rule no. 2 ridicule ( alinyski rules for radicals )

          Just another day in FUSA. ( Former United States Of America )

          Thats the way it is .

          RESIST

          GOT LOGISTICS ?

          GOT KIT?

          WWMCD

          III%

          Semper Fi 8541

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      • Professor Higgins says:

        The depth of most American’s stupidity is only matched by its breadth. The vast majority of you fools actually approved of the invasion of Iraq based on the thinnest of evidence, and that was concocted. The folks that attacked were your friends from Egypt-an ally, and from Saudi Arabia-an ally, not one of the hijackers was was from Iraq or had even been trained in Iraq. The large corporations that choose your leaders for you decided that the oil fields were just too much of temptation to left in the hands of Saddam H. And since Bush #1 failed to secure those fields for them in the first Gulf War, they decided to manufacture a reason for another attack. There never were weapons of mass destruction, only a mass deception, and most of you brought it with the blood of the young and the poor, the ones that always serve. These corporations made billions in destroying Iraq with some of their companies products and then made billions more in contracts to rebuild what they had just destroyed. That’s where a lot of your money is going but they’ve got you chasing the millions on various forms of relief. They’re are also the same ones who have, for decades, been dismantling your factories and shipping them overseas to third world countries where they can pay slave wages and pollute without consequences. Then they bring these cheaply made goods and sell them in your big box stores where people have to work for a fraction of what their parents did in those long gone factories and collect food stamps and such because box stores don’t pay as well as factories. Many on your welfare are the working poor and they (Big Corp.) love to see working Americans (the middle class) go after the poor class, while they sit back, laugh, and grow richer each day. You pay for the wars in blood and taxes while the 1% get richer. You are all being played for fools. I know many of you think me to be a communist, or a socialist, or whatever, but I always make an effort to buy American products, whether it’s food grown on an American farm or a tool made in an American factory, I buy American whenever possible. Sometimes I forego buying a product until I can buy an American one. If you’re not doing that then you’re part of the problem and the 1% love you for it.

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    4. Me here says:

      #10 – Why are they still here? They might be better off somewhere else.

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    5. Meat Head says:

      I have some fun solutions.

      1. Sink all cargo container ships.
      2. Ban all imports.
      3. Gladiator to the death games with betting..to pay off the debt.
      4. Legalize getting a blow job and tax it.
      5. Kill off all the old boomers who never worked and did not pay in.
      6. Stop all immigration.
      7. Round up the illegals and lifetime farm slavery. You get caught here your ass is ours.
      8. Retake the cities. Shit, I commute a total of 2 hours because the nigs. run the cities.
      9. Stop funding MBA programs and start funding plumbers, carpenters and electricians.
      10. Sound money.
      11. Clean out all the prisons..arm them and drop them into the mid east. If they can take it over..we’ll buy oil from them.
      12. Colonize the moon. Fuck mars. Too far away.
      13. Build massive ocean barges for fish farming with wind towers on them.
      14. Death valley.. a giant solar collector.
      15. Rethink the sexual pred. list. Really a guy on that list for a park blowjob from his gal.

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    6. eppe says:

      “NEW SENIOR PROGRAM….
      New Medicare Program

      You’re a sick senior citizen and the government says there is no nursing home available for you. So what do you do?

      Our plan gives anyone 65 years or older a gun and 4 bullets. You are allowed to shoot four Politicians.

      Of course, this means you will be sent to prison where you will get three meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating, air conditioning and all the health care you need!
      Need new teeth? No problem. Need glasses? That’s great. Need a new hip, knees, kidney, lungs or heart? They are all covered.

      As an added bonus, your kids can come and visit you as often as they do now.

      And who will be paying for all of this? It’s the same government that just told you that you they cannot afford for you to go into a home.

      And you can get rid of 4 useless politicians while you are at it.

      Plus, and because you are a prisoner, you don’t have to pay any income taxes anymore.
      Is this a great country or what? “

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      • eppe says:

        I guess there is no real difference now, they seem to be the same?….

        Left vs. Right

        Origin of Left & Right…

        I have often wondered why it is that Conservatives are
        called the “right” and Liberals are called the “left.”

        By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible:

        “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart
        of the fool to the left.” Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)

        Thus sayeth the Lord. Amen.

        Can’t get any simpler than that.

        and now for a Spelling Lesson——-

        The last four letters in American……….I Can
        The last four letters in Republican…….I Can
        The last four letters in Democrats………Rats

        Remember, November has to be set aside as rodent
        removal month

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      • durango kidd says:

        Eppe: Mensa is knocking on your door! :-)

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    7. watching and waiting says:

      These are some of the people who will starve to death(can’t do/think for themselves), run to Fema Camps and be enslaved, form into criminal groups and come to your house or ransack the grocery store,storm the social security and welfare office: Take an oath of loyalty and receive an identifying mark to buy.

      Government assistance is in reality a shallow form of communism.
      The government does everything for you, takes care of your every need. What they take is your spirit and will to create an individual progressive life. It makes people give up. People lose the ability to create, to think for themselves. It can be additive.

      I am not against government assistance programs when they benefit the mentally and physically impaired, the elderly, people who were born with issues that they had no control over.

      I am not against government assistance programs to help people to get back on their feet.

      I am against government assistance programs that enable people to make a career out of it.

      In my profession, I have the opportunity at times to help recover employment and food stamp fraud funds and pay back the tax payer.

      I get every penny……

      That is my opinion

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      • Archivist says:

        I am against all government assistance. Welfare is not the government’s job. It’s our job individually and in charity groups, which we could do if the government wasn’t taking half our money.

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    8. dmitry says:

      too bad, government assistance is way too abused.

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    9. Kevin2 says:

      All symptoms.

      Free Trade with slave labor nations eviscerating the wealth creating manufacturing, gross government overspending on MIC, abandoning the firewall of Glass-Steagall and not prosecuting criminal Wall Street / Financial “industry” officials are the causes.

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      • Obviously, what is needed are more ‘Free Trade’ agreements – until everyone will be on welfare.

        Free Trade isn’t free – it cost us our future.

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        • Kevin2 says:

          AC

          Welfare is just a stop gap measure to pacify the body politic until all vestiges of political control have been wrestled from them.

          They aren’t feeding the non productive masses forever.

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        • Sancho! says:

          LMFAO… GLOBALIZATION…. It’s the future………
          How’s that workin out for ya now?

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    10. slingshot says:

      When does the President lie?

      When ever his lips move.

      Hahahahaha!

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    11. And people still say we’re too big to fail, HA. The truth is information like this is proof we exist within the window of a Cold Civil War.

      We are now and have been in a very fragile state, any little thing at this point could push us over the edge.

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    12. JayJay says:

      “Liberal Paradise’ would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only Law Enforcement has guns.
      Such a place does indeed exist ……
      >
      >
      >
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      …………It’s called prison”

      Signed…… Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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    13. Curious says:

      70% is entirely too low. We should not rest until it is 101%!

      Signed,
      A liberal

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    14. eppe says:

      Sorry it is caps, it is the way I received it, yes, it is an old one, but some are fitting…considering where we are as a nation in this time and space…

      LIFE AFTER DEATH
      “DO YOU BELIEVE IN LIFE AFTER DEATH?” THE BOSS ASKED ONE OF HIS EMPLOYEES.
      “YES, SIR,” THE NEW EMPLOYEE REPLIED.
      “WELL, THEN, THAT MAKES EVERYTHING JUST FINE,” THE BOSS WENT ON. “AFTER YOU LEFT EARLY YESTERDAY TO GO TO YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S FUNERAL, SHE STOPPED IN TO SEE YOU!”

      PALM SUNDAY
      IT WAS PALM SUNDAY AND, BECAUSE OF A SORE THROAT, FIVE-YEAR-OLD JOHNNY STAYED HOME FROM CHURCH WITH A SITTER. WHEN THE FAMILY RETURNED HOME, THEY WERE CARRYING SEVERAL PALM BRANCHES. THE BOY ASKED WHAT THEY WERE FOR. “PEOPLE HELD THEM OVER JESUS’ HEAD AS HE WALKED BY.”
      “WOULDN’T YOU KNOW IT,” THE BOY FUMED, “THE ONE SUNDAY I DON’T GO, HE SHOWS UP!”

      CHILDREN’S SERMON
      ONE EASTER SUNDAY MORNING AS THE MINISTER WAS PREACHING THE CHILDREN’S SERMON, HE REACHED INTO HIS BAG OF PROPS AND PULLED OUT AN EGG. HE POINTED AT THE EGG AND ASKED THE CHILDREN, “WHAT’S IN HERE?” “I KNOW!” A LITTLE BOY EXCLAIMED. “PANTYHOSE !! ”

      SUPPORT A FAMILY
      THE PROSPECTIVE FATHER-IN-LAW ASKED, “YOUNG MAN, CAN YOU SUPPORT A FAMILY?”
      THE SURPRISED GROOM-TO-BE REPLIED, “WELL, NO. I WAS JUST PLANNING TO SUPPORT YOUR DAUGHTER. THE REST OF YOU WILL HAVE TO FEND FOR YOURSELVES.”

      FIRST TIME USHERS
      A LITTLE BOY IN CHURCH FOR THE FIRST TIME WATCHED AS THE USHERS PASSED AROUND THE OFFERING PLATES.
      WHEN THEY CAME NEAR HIS PEW, THE BOY SAID LOUDLY, “DON’T PAY FOR ME DADDY I’M UNDER FIVE.”

      PRAYERS :
      THE SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER ASKED, “NOW, JOHNNY, TELL ME, DO YOU SAY PRAYERS BEFORE EATING?” “NO SIR,” HE REPLIED, “WE DON’T HAVE TO, MY MOM IS A GOOD COOK!”

      CLIMB THE WALLS
      “OH, I SURE AM HAPPY TO SEE YOU,” THE LITTLE BOY SAID TO HIS GRANDMOTHER ON HIS MOTHER’S SIDE. “NOW MAYBE DADDY WILL DO THE TRICK HE HAS BEEN PROMISING US.”
      THE GRANDMOTHER WAS CURIOUS.. “WHAT TRICK IS THAT?” SHE ASKED.
      “I HEARD HIM TELL MOMMY THAT HE WOULD CLIMB THE WALLS IF YOU CAME TO VISIT,” THE LITTLE BOY ANSWERED.

      THE WATER PISTOL
      WHEN MY THREE-YEAR-OLD SON OPENED THE BIRTHDAY GIFT FROM HIS GRANDMOTHER, HE DISCOVERED A WATER PISTOL… HE SQUEALED WITH DELIGHT AND HEADED FOR THE NEAREST SINK.
      I WAS NOT SO PLEASED. I TURNED TO MOM AND SAID, “I’M SURPRISED AT YOU. DON’T YOU REMEMBER HOW WE USED TO DRIVE YOU CRAZY WITH WATER GUNS?”
      MOM SMILED AND THEN REPLIED….. “I REMEMBER!!”

      GRANDMA’S AGE
      LITTLE JOHNNY ASKED HIS GRANDMA HOW OLD SHE WAS.
      GRANDMA ANSWERED, “39 AND HOLDING.”
      JOHNNY THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT, AND THEN SAID, “AND HOW OLD WOULD YOU BE IF YOU LET GO?”

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    15. PO'd Patriot says:

      I attended my wife’s annual family Easter dinner this past Sunday. While there I was talking to one of my wife’s cousins and she told me that she had lost her job when the business that she worked for had folded. She stated that she been on dozens of interviews but felt that due to her age (60) that she was not considered. I could tell that she was uncomfortable telling me that she eventually went through all her savings and finally had to go on food stamps as well as receive assistance to help pay for heating fuel this winter. She welled up when she told me that she doesn’t have any idea what she’s gonna do at this point. I tried to console her and told her something would break for her but I know it sounded hollow. She’s worked all her life and never before has looked to help from others. Sad it is. I’m not gonna lay ALL of what’s come about at the current POS-in-charge. This has been a well planned script evolving slowly through the years but has now accelerated. All I know is that it’s going to end up in a shootin’ match which I for one am hoping to make it to. See you there.

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      • ready down under says:

        Touching story PO’d – a lot of dirtbags (here as well) have a lot to answer for – let’s hope they are still around when Karma comes to bend ‘em over!!!

        Aussie

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    16. Lone Dissenter says:

      Hidden due to low comment rating. Click to read it.

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      • Mountain Trekker says:

        Lone Dis, just read a news article about Chicago, seems they had 45 people shot over Easter weekend, and they said the common denominator was guns. Well Duh. I figured atleast half of the shootings would have happened with a knife. But the main cause of all the shootings had be on account of the guns. REALLY! Some of the victims named were Gakirah Barnes, Tyquann Tyler and Hadiya Pendelton, wonder if the shooters had similar type names. Maybe there is another common denominator that we can’t mention behind all these shootings. Trekker Out. Maybe Chicago Needs More Gun Laws.

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        • Anon7 says:

          Mountain Trekker: TPTB don’t really care, as far as they are concerned it’s just a ‘thinning of the heard’ or ‘sterilizing the gene pool’. What they do want is total control and so they blame gang bangers, all of who are convicted felons who can’t legally posses guns to begin with, and blame the tools of their illegal activities as the cause of their illegal activities. Talk about your twisted logic. To make some slaves you first have to disarm them. Those with less scruples can be bought with welfare.

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      • sixpack says:

        apparently not…

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      • PO'd Patriot says:

        “Procreate”…..Wow, that I’m sure is a mighty big word for you. Shitcago, the hamsters were having a big shoot-um up on Easter. Other than sickle-cell its the only other way to keep the population trimmed. Fact is, they keep doing it to themselves…..priceless.

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      • the renegade braveheart says:

        Lone dissenter says “You can’t fix stupid.” That’s right, can’t fix a stupid troll like you.

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      • SteadySteve says:

        So it was white people that destroyed Detroit? Is it white people that are a drag on city budgets (police and EMT services, social services, school budgets) and largest user of these services?
        Typical collectivist.

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    17. Stephen says:

      Obama is a politician. They all lie “some of the time”. Yes he’s the antichrist. The next 10 presidents will be the antichrist too.

      I wouldn’t mind seeing a solution or two now and then.

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    18. Westcoaster says:

      Your article is somewhat misleading; Americans worked all their lives paying into the social security and medicare system, and that’s 49% of the 70% sum. I don’t think you can offhandedly discount the labor of these citizens in such a manner.

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      • sixpack says:

        It’s more misleading than that. Just the corporate, bankster and foreign welfare ALONE puts the entitlements to shame, even if you count Social Security, which we all involuntarily paid into.

        Then add the black opps for the middle eastern coups and regime changes, the secret allotments to Israel…not to mention the trillion dollars THEY LOST…

        Entitlements is nothing but a pebble on the beach.

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    19. Socrates says:

      Firstly- Medicare, Medicaid and Social security are NOT entitlements- those monies come directly from deductions from peoples paychecks. I really don’t think those should be lumped in as ‘entitlements’, when you and I have directly paid for it. Those are programs that are ‘supposed’ to be self funding to a degree, whereas defense and others are obvious parasite draws from the tax base.
      I think the Heritage Foundation folks need to redo their ‘fuzzy math’.

      What’s more amazing is how much money is given in GRANTS and other ‘special’ programs to foreign governments and Corp entities…for things that are complete and utter BS. Accountability? Yeah, that used to be a word for accountant types… but not anymore!

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      • Northern Reb says:

        SOCRATES:
        I agree, S.S., medacare, mediciad are NOT entitlements.
        They have been earned through paying into them.
        I have been working and paying into Social securtiy since I was 15 years young and Medicare and medicaid every since they started (I forgot when that happen).
        I know that my SS it paying for the people that are living on it now.
        Johnny come later is to pay me back through his payments into S.S. and so on.
        There are not enough workers to cover all of us boomers that have paid into the system for all these years. Plus those zombie mope that atre sucking the system dry.
        I hole heartedly believe that if you did not pay into the system you should NOT!!! get any thing out of the system, PERIOD!!!! Plus you should be paid on a graduated scale for the years that you have worked.(If you have not worked and paid into the system for at lest 45 years.)
        If a person has worked and paid into the system for 45 years or more should recieve 100% pay out at the age of 62, not this graduated scale they have put us on, talk about a rip off thats is. Oh well we have to pay for those entitlements don’t we. THAT JUST B.S.!!!!!
        If you are not an a U.S. citizen you should not be getting any aid from the government. In real life the tax payers I don’t care if you do pay into the system.
        NO MEDICIAD, MEDICARE OR SOCIAL SECURTIY. Not a citizen no benefites. And speak English!!!!!
        N.R. N.S. N.REB

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        • sixpack says:

          Sounds like you’re more mad at the fact that congressmen can work for a year or two and retire with $100,000 a year retirement packages…more than most of us made over our lifetimes, combined.

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    20. Buzzfix says:

      Why this ship can’t sink. She’s made of iron. Oh I assure you she can and she will. Titanic syndrome is a *****!

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    21. CynicalMe says:

      Obama promised to transform America. He has indeed. Look around – is America today the same America the day he was first sworn in – is the economy the same as when he was first sworn in or is the military the same as when he was first sworn in? I can go on and on. He has kept his promise and will do more transforming before he leaves office.

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    22. RareifiedSnotress says:

      I don’t collect any government benefits or work a standardized job. I have to admit, it’s tough to want to get back eagerly into the system with a goverment that’s been handing out money like a drunken sailor to a tart.. And of course when it’s my turn for Social Security, they will plead poverty and make me work later years to collect.

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      • babycatcher says:

        At Least you’ll be able to collect. Im 58, and at the rate this country is going, there won’t BE any SS by the time I get there. I have a career/skill sets that I hope will keep me going til I die. Cuz i realized back in the 80s there just wasn’t gonna be anything there for me.

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    23. Anonymous says:

      How about a program to privatize the dispensation of monies? Would save money IMHO as the government is the most inefficient way of doing anything.

      I would envision letting dozens of businesses compete for the chance to manage the accounts. And let’s keep the best run ones after a while.

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    24. USMarine says:

      I have never understood why most of these programs are called “entitlements”. Most of these people have never paid into these programs, yet they are entitled to the benefits. Here is why I am so upset. Since I joined the military at the age of 17, I have continually paid into Medicare/Medicaid and Social Security. By the time I reach retirement age, there will not be anything left for me to withdraw, even though I am in fact entitled to it because I paid into it for 50 years. How is it all of these illegals and freeloaders get this “entitlement” without ever paying into it?

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      • Kulafarmer says:

        Its because we have these assholes in DC that are screwing us. They will all get their retirement medical etc that they really dont deserve yet we will all get to suck air,,,
        Time for a reset

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      • PO'd Patriot says:

        Because they usually have the free time to trundle down to the voting poll and pull the pin for the ones who will make sure they can keep suckling the fat tit. If you haven’t retired yet USM, better hope they’ll keep taking you until you’re 80.

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      • Gregory8 says:

        USMarine: Because the system is greatly flawed. I’ve paid into SS for 158 quarters, 40 is the minimum required. I can collect a reduced amount at 62, wait for the full amount at 66, or get an enhanced benefit at 70. I’ve added all the money I’ve paid in and if I double that to account for my employers matching amount it seems like a lot of money. But even at age 62, the reduced (75%) of full, based on my earnings ($1700+ a month) I’ll get everything that was paid in by me and my employers and it will last less than 4-5 years. That means if I live to be 68 I will be living off of those that are still working. NOW that’s welfare in it’s purest sense because I’ll be collecting money that’s not mine. That is totally messed up. If that money had been invest in an inters bearing account like my IRA, it would last a lot longer. So yeah, we’re all a little screwed. I’m turning 62 yoa in 16 months and I’m going for it before it’s all gone. Is that selfish of me? Yes, if I live to be at least 70, I’ll join the ranks of the takers. Sorry, but I’ve got to be honest, at least about my intensions.

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        • Old Guy says:

          Gregory8 you assessment is correct. Im 63 and in feburary I got my first social security Ponzi scheme check. I draw $1058.00 per month. And will receive back every penny I paid in less than 5 years. However ya gotta figure the money taken would have purchased more back in the day. And you will pay 25% tax on the money you receive every month. Too many no producing parasite takers and too few Making producers is not sustainable.

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    25. Northern Reb says:

      If you have paid into social security and medacaid and medicare like I have for the last 45 years.
      A person has the right to get there money back. Heck as far as that goes if I could get 75% of all the money that I have paid in back right now and would not have to pay any more taxes on my income. I would take it and put it in a safe place (my own hands).
      At lease I would have it in my hand and not waiting on Uncle Sam to Pay it out. That 17trillion debt scares the he!! out of me.
      There will will be no money very soon if we keep spending the tax payers dime on welfair handouts.
      Sorry but there are to many people living off of some one elsa’s hard work and not contributing to the cause.
      If you don’t work you don’t eat. That is scriptural. I know that there are some that needs help but most of them are nothing more than zombie mopes that do not deserve a Da$% thing.
      N.R N.S. N.REB

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    26. River-Rat says:

      When the proper time comes, “be surgical” with your “attitude adjustments”!

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    27. Sleeper says:

      I’m sorry but much of social security is not an entitlement. Every payday it is withheld from my paycheck. Had they kept what was paid into ssi in a separate account there would be adequate to pay the benefits that are owed to those who have paid into the system. I would have rather kept that money and provided for my own security but I was not given that option.

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      • sixpack says:

        Maybe that’s why the govt calls it “entitlements” — because they feel like they are entitled to take it from us, and entitled to spend it as they see fit.

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      • PO'd Patriot says:

        Ah yes, Al Gore’s magic “locked box” for Social Security. The only thing to keep safe are the tons of paper with I.O.U printed on them.

        Off note…Has anyone here seen the movie entitled, “The Book Thief”? I watched it over the Easter weekend with my daughter and the parallel between the rise of Nazi Germany and what a lot of things being done here are eerily similar .

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    28. River-Rat says:

      Time is running out for the US dollar

      It is often speculated that some members of the US establishment are pushing Ukraine towards a military conflict with Russia. But why do it in such a hurry? A Russian economist claims that he knows the answer, alluding to the link between the latest international crisis and the fate of the US currency.
      Russian diplomats have repeatedly criticized the US for not trying to restrain their Ukrainian underlings in order to make them respect the agreement reached during the recent Geneva meeting. US-sponsored Ukrainian junta is trying to provoke Russia to intervene in Ukraine in order to protect ethnic Russians and supporters of federalization. There can be only two results for such policy. Ukraine will either become the battleground for a long and bloody civil war or will become the target for a Russian military intervention. From the American point of view it is a win-win situation. If there is a civil war, the delivery of natural gas to Europe will be disrupted hurting both the European and the Russian economy. If Moscow decides that it has to intervene in Ukraine, Washington will ignore the ethic Russians killed by the US-sponsored junta and will claim that Russia is an aggressor. Such a strategy will give Washington a chance to force the EU to institute hard economic sanctions against Russia, but such sanctions will hurt the EU even more than Russia . According to Sergey Glazyev, economic advisor to President Putin, European Union stands to lose 1 trillion euro, if hard economic sanctions against Russia are enacted .
      Mikhail Khazin, the president of Neokon economic advisory company, believes that the US is trying to preemptively hurt the regional currencies and their associated economies before the US dollar loses its status as the main global currency:
      “ The US doesn’t have that much time in order to prepare for a serious weakening of the US dollar on the global stage and, conversely, for a serious strengthening of regional currencies’ role. The maximum amount of time they can count on is 18 months. During this period they must prepare for a situation in which their main instrument of global control, i.e. the control of the circulation of the main global reserve and trade currency, will become seriously weakened,” he wrote in a recent blogpost cited by the Russian media outlets.
      During Obama’s second term, the relations between the US and most global players including China, Russia, India and, to a certain extent, the EU have reached new low points. This situation is somewhat similar to the situation before WWII and WWI when America benefited from global conflicts that destroyed the economies of America’s competitors. It is said that third time is charm, but the rest of the world would be better off if Washington can’t pull the same trick for a third time in a row. The era in which Washington was the main beneficiary of global instability and regional conflicts must come to an end.

      Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/2014_04_22/Time-is-running-out-for-the-US-dollar-5142/

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      • Socrates says:

        “Time is running out for the US dollar”

        …you mean the ‘Petro-dollar’? Yep… it’s done.

        Eyeing Pipeline, Russia Forgives North Korean Debt
        (from ZeroHedge site)

        On Friday Russia’s parliament voted to write off roughly 90 percent of North Korea’s debt as Moscow seeks to build a gas pipeline through the Hermit Kingdom. Moscow has been pushing for the Korean gas pipeline and railway for years as part of its strategy to diversify its energy markets away from Europe and toward Asia. This general goal has gained new urgency in the wake of Russia’s clash with the West over the Ukraine and Crimea.

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    29. mallardhen says:

      I had a person try to make me believe that SS and welfare were the same thing after trying to make him understand that I paid in for the 40+ years that I worked and was just getting back what I paid in, to no avail he still insists I get welfare, so OK have it your way some people you can tell them; but not much.

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    30. Burt Gummer says:

      When SHTF next comes SHFE. The confusion will be so extreme that even normally calm headed friends and neighbors may panic. The EBT crowd, who have never had to think or rationally formulate any kind of plan, will be exploding in fear/panic/anger. Nothing and no one will be safe. We all know this and plan accordingly. But, there are too many variables with friends and family and their actions and reactions to really have all bases covered. Will you respond to a frantic telephone call from your cousin 5 miles away who is screaming into the telephone that there is an armed group outside her home trying to break in? So many demands could be placed upon you during a chaotic time. How do we respond? Some cold hard ‘rules of engagement’ may be needed and agreed to by all in the group for the best chance of group survival. Just throwing out some late night thoughts.

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      • Kulafarmer says:

        Shut the phone off
        Kill anything that looks like a problem
        Zombie rules

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      • Frank Thoughts says:

        You need to think like people do in the third world. Keep a portion of your wealth and savings/preps for buying the peace and looking altruistic. This, if done right, can make you very popular and can construct a new life as the ‘top guy’ in the neighbourhood. Help somebody out whose kid is dying of cancer; give a widow some MREs; buy a single mom some new clothes. It will purchase good will in the community and will be a wiser strategy than being known as the weird, uncommunicative, nasty white dude up the hill with all the guns and a bad attitude.

        These days, you could post a little You Tube video every month where you dispense wisdom and largesse. Or buy a stake in local businesses so you get free stuff sent your way (food, new shoes etc.). Be smart and use the crisis to build your power base.

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      • ready down under says:

        Burt, if it gets that bad I’m going nowhere! You know your own home and turf like no other. Gives you the advantage when it all goes to hell in a handbasket. Get outside that comfort zone to help someone else who didn’t have the brains to see what was coming is about the most dangerous thing you can do – you will be playing in someone else’s sandbox. In a scenario like you outline you need a siege mentality – bunker down and ride it out. If you go outside your chances of survival just took a massive dive! I have 2 kids and 1 grandkid I’ll plan for. To everyone else I’m afraid its YOYO!

        Aussie

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    31. Be informed says:

      This was part of an article at Yahoo describing the Ukraine situation and Russia. This is about Ukraine joining NATO.

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      Ukraine’s NATO membership

      The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (or NATO), also called the (North) Atlantic Alliance, is an inter-governmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949. The organization constitutes a system of collective defense, whereby its member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party.

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      Since January 2008, Ukraine has been a candidate to join NATO. Plans for Ukrainian membership to NATO were shelved by President Viktor Yanukovychin 2010, who opted to keep Ukraine a non-aligned state. However, European integration being part of Ukraine’s national security strategy, co-operation with NATO is not excluded. Ukraine and NATO still hold joint seminars and joint tactical and strategic exercises and operations.

      The U.S. is in support for future Ukrainian membership in NATO. While commenting on the situation in Ukraine and its relations with NATO, the U.S. President, Barack Obama said, “We don’t need a war. What we do need is recognition that countries like Ukraine can have relationships with a whole range of their neighbors and it is not up to anybody whether it is Russia or anybody else to make decisions for them.”

      The situation in Ukraine and Russia has had its repercussions even on the developed markets. In reaction to the tensions between Ukraine and Russia, ETFs tracking emerging market indices like the Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Eastern Europe ETF (ESR) tanked along with U.S. broad market ETF, the iShares S&P 100 Index Fund (OEF), whose underlying index tracks the top 100 companies in the U.S., including Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM), which also weakened in terms of price performance.

      On the other hand, Russia is strongly opposed to Ukraine joining NATO. In 2008, the Russian President Vladimir Putin even said that Russia may target its missiles at Ukraine if it joins NATO and accepts the deployment of a U.S. missile defense shield.

      Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, has stated more than once that his country would not allow foreign military bases on its territory.

      —————————————————

      I have said this before. There is no way in hell that Russia would allow NATO and 800 miles of its border to be NATO. Russia would launch a nuclear first strike on NATO and the U.S. IF the Ukraine were allowed into NATO. Russia would and is likely going to invade Ukraine before this is allowed to happen. It would be the same as Mexico being allied with China and an enemy military within walking distance of San Diego, Yuma, El Paso, Brownsville and other cities that border Mexico.

      These a$$holes in the MSM and government make it look like Russia are the bad guys for doing exactly what the U.S. would do if an enemy was surrounding the U.S. The U.S. is killing the people of the U.S. with this imperialistic crap financially.

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      • sixpack says:

        Russia is doing what I would do if in their shoes. Exxon-mobile had their contracts out and ready to start drilling in the black sea…now, not so much. That’s why those stocks dove. The new blood they had been betting on, didn’t happen. They had that country already divvied up and the profit counted.

        Putin put a stop to that dream, and now the NWO banksters are PISSED.

        Someone should drag DC into the harbor and let it sleep with the fishes.

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    32. Mike (cactus) says:

      Mental problems apply. O.K. I have a mental problem. I,m addicted to building ARs. I go nuts with the PRS stock quad rails red dot or scope , etc. It’s a sickness. I also like going out in the desert and shooting a few hundred rounds. Sick Sick Sick.
      Should I apply for government help? Help me ( picture the tears )
      Yes pay me to plink and build all day long.
      Thank you for your help.

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      • PO'd Patriot says:

        Yes Mike you are afflicted with a terrible disease. You need to send me all your completed AR’s and then start onto the next round of builds. I’m afraid that this does not qualify you for any bennies as it appears your condition is self inflicted.

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    33. Mike (cactus) says:

      P.S. I added cactus to name because there is another Mike
      Also I like beer can the gov. buy that too?

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    34. Logicrazy says:

      It is a law not to feed wild animals, as they become dependant on the hand outs. Thus become unable to fend for theirself. Yet the numbers show it is not just wild animals that this prertains to, as people do the same. Hmmm…

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    35. Be informed says:

      Check this out:

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/04/22/republicans-warn-blm-eyeing-land-grab-along-texas-oklahoma-border/

      Looks like the BLM is at it again. At least thinking about taking a large parcel of land under the pretext of public domain.

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    36. Frank Thoughts says:

      One of the most abused methods to live off the state has become calling yourself ‘disabled’. There are genuinely disabled people out there – war veterans, accident victims, people born with disabilities – but more and more they are the minority. Most disabled are people who claim they mentally can’t handle a job, or literally are eating themselves to death and are grossly obese (thus the disability). Ask any doctor who is honest and they will tell you the true physical condition of the population.

      What needs to occur is this: the social assistance system needs to be uncoupled from its current anonymity structure – just show need and you get – to an identified structure – you pay in to an account and can draw on this for a period of time if you are laid off etc. – but only for a period of time and then you need to start earning your credits back by doing public work until you get a paying job again. This public work can range from helping at a seniors home to cleaning parks, fixing things, etc. The idea you can just sit at home and watch TV all day long needs to be ended.

      The benefits system also needs radical change to be trimmed to affordability and a proper match to the country’s real capacity for wealth creation. The current system is from another time and is a lie. Wise countries get humble and trim their expenses to suit their means. So, by all means keep the social safety net – medical care, pensions, food stamps, etc. – but just roll them all back to a lower level and make it known if people what more, they need to pay more.

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      • sixpack says:

        “then you need to start earning your credits back by doing public work until you get a paying job again”

        Perfect. Maybe they can all join obummer’s civilian army corp, huh? Do you really think the govt can’t find anything they’d want people to do for them, besides empty bedpans and picking up trash? Inmates already do the trash pickup and other menial tasks.

        I hear what you are trying to say, but, PUTTING MORE LEGAL SLAVE LABOR INTO THE HANDS OF A ROGUE GOVT ISN’T THE ANSWER.

        Perhaps getting some JOBS back, so that those people can’t say there ain’t no jobs for them?

        I’ve got a lazy neighbor who worked for…wait for it…13 days, before she and her boss had “personal differences” and she got her lazy ass fired. She was a cashier in a small mom and pop store/gas station, a half mile from her home. Many people would’ve loved to have that job.

        Now it’s right back to welfare for her.

        People like her must be who you’re talking about, but you can’t fix this problem with another govt mandate. The govt abuses the ones they already have, why give them another one?

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    37. NCjoe says:

      Alas, the rare article that has some validity. I live in an area that has a strong military presence and TEA party base. The TEA partiers are big “cut the spenders” except when it comes to cutting military spending. Their cry is “those are our bases” or ” that would devastate our economy” or “those are our jobs”. It seems the cut the spenders are a bunch of hypocrites. It is ok to cut spending as long as they are not negatively affected. And for all you cut the spenders, think about this. I, and millions of people like me have spent decades working and paying taxes. Every check we have ever received has had a deduction for social security and taxes that wen to fund medicare. Now, how do you think we are going to react if/when we are told “sorry, you paid for others but there is nothing for you.” Even you people who have shown little inclination for rational thought should be able to figure that out.

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    38. Hey, for all you on here who chastised me for not supporting the NRA because they were too busy selling us out..read this.!

      America’s largest gun-lobbying group has HELPED advance three bills recently that LIMIT firearm ownership, and more could soon be added to that list.

      be careful who you support, and as i have always said..actions speak louder than words

      the NRA is too dam busy negotiating a right that “shall not be infringed” seems they (NRA) have forgotten what that means , just like our administration has

      This is no longer your Grandpas NRA or even your Dads..

      in bed together maybe?

      http://rt.com/usa/154116-nra-huffpost-domestic-abuse/

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      • CrabbeNebulae says:

        @VRF. You’ll get no chastising from me. You are absolutely right. The NRA has ‘covertly’ worked in the past to take away 2nd Amendment Rights since their very beginning in 1871. That’s a cold hard fact. To all the NRA fans, there’s not enough room here to post all the proof but with a little research, you can look it up yourself. The NRA… IS NOT A FRIEND OF THE GUN OWNER. They are a “Judas Goat” organization if there ever was one. It is too bad so many sheeple believe otherwise.

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      • JayJay says:

        We stopped NRA membership two years ago.

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    39. PatriotVet says:

      I, for one, am sick and damn tired of people calling Social Security, which I paid for all my life, an entitlement. IT IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT. It is an obligation the government took on when the Democrats, under Lyndon Baines Johnson, stole the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for the Democrats “War On Poverty” and “The Great Society”. By the way, if the Democrats are so damn smart, why, after spending trillions of dollars, are there more poor people than ever.

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