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Culture of dependency: Record number on government dole; Obama to push for more

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By Michelle Malkin  •  August 30, 2010 11:26 AM

One in six Americans is now on government aid. Liberals consider this a sign that their system is working.

Via USA Today:

Government anti-poverty programs that have grown to meet the needs of recession victims now serve a record one in six Americans and are continuing to expand.

More than 50 million Americans are on Medicaid, the federal-state program aimed principally at the poor, a survey of state data by USA TODAY shows. That’s up at least 17% since the recession began in December 2007.

“Virtually every Medicaid director in the country would say that their current enrollment is the highest on record,” says Vernon Smith of Health Management Associates, which surveys states for Kaiser Family Foundation.

The program has grown even before the new health care law adds about 16 million people, beginning in 2014. That has strained doctors. “Private physicians are already indicating that they’re at their limit,” says Dan Hawkins of the National Association of Community Health Centers.

More than 40 million people get food stamps, an increase of nearly 50% during the economic downturn, according to government data through May. The program has grown steadily for three years.

Caseloads have risen as more people become eligible. The economic stimulus law signed by President Obama last year also boosted benefits.

Cloward and Piven — and Peggy the Moocher! — approve.

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Related: The Folly of Subsidizing Unemployment

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President Obama is scheduled to deliver remarks on the economy at 12:30pm today in the Rose Garden — wherein he will push for more programs to shift more private citizens onto public subsistence in the name of “recovery.”

Update: Hmmm. Obama press event delayed until 1pm. Hmph. I thought his batteries were recharged…

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