Mission Accomplished: Government Dependence Up 23% Under Obama

Posted by on Feb 08, 2012 at 9:13 am
Barack Obama

It’s all going according to plan. Take a nation of formerly independent, hard-working people and make them slaves to the government.

Consider it one great vote-buying scheme.

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 rise was driven mainly by increases in housing subsidies, an expansion in Medicaid and changes to the welfare system, along with a sharp rise in food stamps, the study found.

“You can’t get around the fact that policy decisions made over the past two years, on top of those made over the past several decades, are having a large effect on the pace of growth of the index,” said William Beach, who authored the Heritage study.

The numbers don’t lie. The damage is likely irreversible.


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8 Responses to “Mission Accomplished: Government Dependence Up 23% Under Obama”

  1. spepper on 8/08/12 at 11:03 am

    How dare we call him the “food stamp president”? He should be called the “EBT card” president instead– food stamps are “so 20th century”……

  2. Blue Hen on 8/08/12 at 4:46 pm

    Well, at least he moved up in that presidental ranking he was doing. He’s #2 in the category of getting people on the dole. As for congeniality? Not so much.

  3. rich b on 9/09/12 at 10:59 am

    Democrats = welfare and illegal immigrants.
    Welfare and illegals = votes.

    It’s that simple of an equation.