Wednesday, February 08, 2012


I didn't even know there was such a thing as a "Dependency Index", but it basically supports what I said in this post about how our "progressive" liberals foster dependence.

According to the IBD article:
The American public's dependence on the federal government shot up 23% in just two years under President Obama, with 67 million now relying on some federal program, according to a newly released study by the Heritage Foundation.

The conservative think tank's annual Index of Dependence on Government tracks money spent on housing, health, welfare, education subsidies and other federal programs that were "traditionally provided to needy people by local organizations and families."

The increase under Obama is the biggest two-year jump since Jimmy Carter was president, the data show....

The report also found that spending on "dependence programs" accounts for more than 70% of the federal budget. That, too, is up dramatically. In 1990, for example, the figure stood at 48.5%, and in 1962 just over a quarter of federal spending went to dependence programs.

(There's a nice graph to go along with the article at the link)

Finally! An America Michelle Obama can be proud of!

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