. . . this article might explain it:
Here’s the summary: in 2011, 108,592,000 persons in America were receiving some kind of means-tested benefit from Federal, state, or local governments. That same year, only 101,716,000 people worked full-time year round.
Unfortunately, that’s only part of the “good news”. The total of nearly 108.6 million above does not include persons receiving non-means-tested government benefits – e.g., benefits such as Social Security, Medicare, non-means-tested VA benefits*, or unemployment compensation. Again according to the Census Bureau, the total number of persons receiving Social Security, Medicare, non-means-tested VA benefits, and unemployment compensation in 2011 was 104,617,000.
There’s obviously some overlap between these categories. There’s overlap as well as with means-tested government benefits. Still – this is well past ridiculous, and fast approaching obscene.
So, the next time you wonder why you pay all those damned taxes, just remember: there are now more people drawing means-tested government benefits in America than are working full-time. There are also more people drawing non-means-tested government benefits than are working full-time. That just might have something to do with why the government seizes so much of your earnings.
And it also might explain why we can’t seem to come up with enough dollars to defend the nation adequately, too.
*Note: most VA benefits are not means-tested. However a few VA benefits – such as VA pensions for low-income vets and the VA Aid and Assistance allowance, to name two – are means-tested.