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Unsustainable: Two-thirds of US children live in households on federal aid

Published: December 16, 2014
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This is the definition of unsustainable. According to a report by the Census Bureau, 65% live in families receiving some sort of federal aid.

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The Census Bureau reported in a study released this week that 65 percent of American children lived in households taking aid from one or more federal program as of the fall of 2011.

"Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of children," said the Census Bureau, "lived in households that participated in at least one or more of the following government aid programs: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Medicaid, and the National School Lunch Program."

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I could go on and on about how programs like this are immoral, in that they forcibly steal moneyfrom some people and give it to others. I could talk about how they make the poverty problem worse because they raise generations of people who become dependent on and beholden to government subsidies. I could note the fact that programs like these encourage fraud, abuse and corruption, both in the private sector and in the public sector.

But an easier argument to make is that it simply can’t last. You can’t have larger and larger percentages of people living off of the work of others and expect it not to come crashing down. Itmust fail at some point. At the current trajectory, there is no other option. 

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