Where is the U.S. headed if more than 100 million people get welfare?
August 9th, 2012
01:52 PM ET

Where is the U.S. headed if more than 100 million people get welfare?


By CNN's Jack Cafferty

More than 100 million people in the United States of America get welfare from the federal government. 100 million.

According to the Weekly Standard, Senate Republicans say that the federal government administers nearly "80 different overlapping federal means-tested welfare programs."

This figure of 100 million people does not include those who only receive Social Security or Medicare.

The most popular welfare programs are food stamps and Medicaid, with the number of recipients in both these programs skyrocketing in the last decade. Food stamp recipients alone jumped from 17 million in 2000 to 45 million in 2011.

And these 100 million people on welfare include citizens and non-citizens.

In fact, a new report by the Center for Immigration Studies finds that 36% of immigrant-headed households get at least one form of welfare. That's compared to 23% of native-born American households.

Immigrants from some countries rely on welfare more than others: more than half of those coming from Mexico, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic get welfare.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney is accusing President Obama of loosening welfare requirements.

A new ad charges the president with gutting the 1996 welfare reform law that requires recipients to work in order to collect benefits.

But President Obama's campaign, the White House and former President Clinton - who signed welfare reform into law - are all pushing back against the Romney ad calling it false and misleading.

Here's my question to you: Where is the U.S. headed if more than 100 million people get welfare?

Tune in to "The Situation Room" at 4 p.m. ET to see if Jack reads your answer on the air.

And we'd love to know where you're writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.

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  1. sarah

    Down a slippery slope!

    August 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  2. Oliver El Paso, TX

    Unemployed and poor need help jack not every one has nice job like your!

    August 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
  3. Dom

    If more than 100 million people get welfare, then this country is probably going to hit an all new low. Is it because people actually need it? Because they are out of work and have families to support? Or they are in work and their jobs are too minimal in pay and they need the extra support? Or is it because there are more people realizing the ease of abusing the welfare system, and just want a bit more than they already have? It is a hard one to call, but in relation to the big picture, our debt is just going to get higher and higher, because right now, the government just can't afford it.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  4. Karl in Flint, MI

    It's wishful thinking, but hopefully America is headed to vote Obama a second term and vote out these Tea Party, job killing obstructionist.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  5. Sean from Thousand Oaks, CA

    It's just another sign that the American dream as we knew it was shipped off to China and gutted by the vampiric CEOs who want to suck up every dime they can get, regardless of how they hurt the people who need cash the most. We're transitioning to a two class society; the middle class is being stomped upon by a patent leather dress shoe and will soon disappear into the ranks of the poor.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  6. Brad, Portland, OR

    Those numbers are nowhere near true unless you include Social Security and Medicare recipients. I and my employers paid for my Social Security and Medicare over many decades, and they are in no sense welfare. They're a benefit I've already paid for.

    Now if you want to talk about tax deductions for owning herds of dancing horses or traveling in private planes or for lobbying politicians, then I agree, let's cut that kind of corporate/wealthy welfare out.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  7. Gary in San Jose, California

    We are clearly not headed in the right direction if a third of our population is on welfare. What will happen to these people when we hit the end of our ability to borrow more money for deficit spending? Time to suck it up.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  8. Doug Ericson

    Bankruptcy Court. I am not an Attorney, but I know that bankruptcy is a certainty for the United states. The picture could not be clearer. I suppose Congress would need a good International Bankruptcy Lawyer, since it has International implications. China and other countries heavily invested with US Treasuy Notes would probably object, but what can they do. Maybe we can give them California, and they can turn it in to an International Sewing District. The International Sewing District of California. ( T.I.S.D.C.). Social Security recipients will get stiffed also, because Congress has already kited that money out to the Treasury. What else are they going to do, charge a breathing tax. Oh yeah, they are already working on that too. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  9. jk in MN

    A third world country.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  10. Jenna Roseville CA

    Where is the U.S. headed if more than 100 million people get welfare?

    It's going to hell in a hand basket. Good thing the Democrats are working on getting Americans OFF welfare and Back to Work. Just wonder why the Republicans are refusing to get Americans back to work?

    Roseville CA

    August 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  11. Loren, Chicago

    It means America is circling the drain faster and faster, with cynical Democrats not caring because they continue to get the welfare vote. The system is broke and no one has the guts to fix it. Throw all the bums out.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  12. Rich McKinney, Texas

    What it means Jack is that more people after losing their unemployment benefits now legally qualify for welfare. Most people do not even know the criteria unless they have applied for welfare or food stamps. It all depends on the size of your family and your income level. Even single females with children are taken into consideration and are exempt from the work for welfare rules. It basically is a case by case decision as to if you qualify or not. Keep in mind that a crack dealer is not going to report his/her income so people like that can get benefits and not really qualify. It is not know how many people abuse the system so we do not know how many people really need the assistance or simply get it because they can.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  13. Jane in CA

    It means that the Republican economic policies have impoverished almost one third of the country. When they succeed in eliminating welfare, it means that one third of the country will starve to death, or die of easily treatable illness and injury. That isn't a bug, it's a feature.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  14. ImALibertarian

    Where is the U.S. headed if more than 100 million people get welfare? Clue: Greece, Spain, Italy, France...

    August 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  15. NurseLisa in CT

    It means were going to hell in a handbasket. Having that many on welfare means Congress isn't doing their job to create jobs and a fair tax code for all Americans. I'm with Warren Buffet that we need this law: if the national debt is >3% of GDP then noone in the House or Senate can be reelected.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  16. Carla

    The US is headed to Hades in the proverbial handbasket, Jack - but it has nothing to do with the 100 million who are unfortunate enough to be on welfare. It has to do with the 1% wealthiest among us that fail to pay their share in taxes - or fail to pay any taxes at all, send jobs and business overseas, and only care about profits.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  17. BrainTurnedOff

    Over the financial cliff into the abyss and, finally, oblivion.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  18. Sarah/Dumfries,VA

    They call Obama the food stamps President because he is black but he is the one fighting &doing a good job with the economy,Obama is not a tax cheat & dishonest man,imagine if it was Obama refusing to release his taxes

    August 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  19. Tonybottomline

    Towards austerity, if we're not careful.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  20. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    We are not destined to become a welfare nation. If one third of Americans are poor enough to need government assistance and one third are middle class able to hold their own and the top third are hoarding their riches then the distribution of wealth in our one nation indivisible under God should be readjusted with much higher luxury taxes. If an undocumented immigrant applies for government aid they should get it once and be promptly deported and their government billed accordingly..

    August 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  21. Anthony

    The USA will be in worse condition then it already is. what he should do is pend that money on infrastructure projects and put these people back to work, while at the same time fixing highways, rail lines, water pipes, roads, etc. this will our country moving, and put cash back into the pockets of the people, as well as increase revenue from those taxes for the government

    August 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  22. Eric Denzel

    Losing it's democracy an slowly moving in to a disguised dictatotrship. The rich keep getting richer and the poor, poorer. With the many special interest groups, lobbyist, the people which is the backbone of democracy is fasy disappearing.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  23. Anthony

    The USA will be in worse condition then it already is. what he should do is spend that money on infrastructure projects and put these people back to work, while at the same time fixing highways, rail lines, water pipes, roads, etc. this will keep our country moving, and put cash back into the pockets of the people, as well as increase revenue from those taxes for the government

    August 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  24. Lee in Wyoming

    Let's clarify a few things -– All of those on welfare are not US citizens. We are also aiding "immigrants" and illegal aliens. I am drawing social security and medicare and do not consider myself on welfare. Get real here, I paid into those funds for years, and I and my husband pay income taxes at a much higher rate than Mitt Romney. Why not label Mitt Romney and all tax evaders and Loophole Louey's as welfare recipients? They are living on the backs of the rest of us.

    Then, let's talk about all the foreign aid that flows out of this country -– are those
    countries on welfare? Yep, they are. And the outsourced jobs and manufacturing
    the big American companies send out -– is that welfare for American companies
    or is it foreign welfare? Yes to both. Don't forget the bail-outs after GWB left office.
    Any that wasn't paid back was certainly WELFARE.

    So, Jack, I believe our terms need to be defined - a basic tenet
    of journalism. "Named and Tamed" I call it. Get the right labels on these situations
    and we see a different story. Maybe American welfare recipients aren't who we
    think they are!!!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  25. Think for yourself in Ok

    Headed to the toilet. Our divider in chief is bankrupting the country on purpose. Research the Cloward-Piven Crisis Strategy for destroying a capitalist society. Obama is following it to a T. He is being true to his Marxist roots.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  26. Pat in Michigan

    Just imagine how much less that number would be if the GOP had not blocked a bill giving incentives to bring jobs back to this country.Kind of makes you wonder why they would strangle to death the people and government they are sworn to represent .
    Can you envision what it would be like here right now if there was no safety net for the people. My God
    !Jack it would be chaos with people fighting for scraps of bread . This is the American dream?
    Please Congress stop trying to kill us!

    August 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  27. Ron

    Jack,if the democrates get another 4 years we will all(100%) be on welfare.

    North Carlina

    August 9, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  28. Gigi Oregon

    Social Security and medicare ARE NOT welfare. We pay into that INSURANCE program which begins from the cradle to the grave. As I grow older and wiser. I think low taxes for the elite are welfare. They don't pay in a percentage higher than I do. But get loop holes, insider trading information, better rates at the bank etc. And think of the Capitalist investors they with hold jobs to get their own way, brain wash the ignorant, bribe the elected officials and make them as guilty as themselves. And something you never mention...because of the frauds passed on to "we the people" the elderly cannot afford to retire because of the HIGH cost of insurance etc. But still 92% of us (we the people) are still working that's pretty darn good considering that the government (Republican ) aren't working.

    I would rather my taxes money was spent on MY country and it's people and infrastructure. NOT other countries to be our buddies, The only way we are going to get out of debt is through taxes, so pay up or wallow in debt. But don't blame the middle class. It's the Elite... that is on welfare and they certainly don't need it (through tax relief). The few Capitalist that have shared that information may see the benefits of a brighter America...

    August 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  29. John from Alabama

    Jack: The Welfare Reform Act under the Clinton Administration only gives 60 months total of food stamps. After 60 months of food stamps a person can not receive any more, unless there is a natural disaster ,such as, 62 tornadoes that hit Alabama on April 27, 2011, or hurricane, or earthquake disasters. Mediicaid serves mostly children until age 18, and seniors drawing only $600.00 or unless from social security. The Republicans would rather see Americans go hungry, and die for the lack of medical care. I have mine the hell with you type of mentality will bring America down. America is a great nation, because it serves all its citizen rich or poor. America protects all its citizens rich or poor. America not only defends its own freedoms, but those freedoms of other nations. America is not a petty nation.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  30. anthony

    Mr. Cafferty,
    What is the purpose of your question? The US currently has less than 100 million people on welfare and not more. Please don't be a mouth-piece for the Romney camp to try to create news out of nothing. Remain and report objectively like you use to do some long....long time ago. Keep the politics out, it is more refreshing and interesting.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  31. Ed from California

    Into the depths of a Third World Country. Jack, why aren't you and CNN asking John Boehner this question..."Where are the jobs"?? Just fifteen years ago this country wasn't in this bad of shape. Yes, Regan, Clinton and both Bush's didn't help matters. But, you in the news media have to ask the that question. If those 100 million people were working and paying taxes, that Willard don't pay, our country would be in a better place for all. Mr. Boehner, "Where are the jobs"??

    August 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  32. Annie, Atlanta

    Maybe not such a good place considering all the millionaires, billionaires, and corporations who get handouts in the form of ridiculous tax breaks and subsidies, too. Maybe we could start there instead of always kicking the poor when they're down, huh? Is it too much to ask you (and the media in general) to stop withi the dogwhistle welfare queens? Will we ever grow emotionally beyond such childishness?

    August 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm |
  33. DT - Saint Paul, MN

    So? Every dollar of welfare is 100% contained in the country and because only poor people receive it, they spend it all. You may not like the programs, or you may not like the fairness, but economically it's very beneficial. If you're a CEO and you don't like people receiving food stamps, then pay your workers more. Pay them enough to build up savings, and give them a pension so they can retire with money to live on.

    Having a system that enables corporations to trim their costs by lowering wages, at a future cost of basic sustenance to the wage earners is actually immensely efficient. Remember, it's not an extra cost, it's a substitute. I don't like the system and would rather those workers earn enough to save for themselves, but I was out voted.

    Corporations and outsourcing are causing this, not the general public. Don't sit there and pay people $7.50 an hour, then get mad when the market demands basic human needs for these people after a lifetime of servitude. Jesus.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  34. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    We are already at a point where we can no longer elect Republican Representatives to filibuster and block the jobs bill and our economic recovery. If there was ever a place for partisan gamesmanship, it is behind us now.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  35. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It won't be much longer and we won't have any welfare for anyone, so the people that come here to get a handout will leave. When are we going to stop enabling non-citizens and those that can work. Do I hear 3rd world country within 10 years?

    August 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  36. Paul in NC

    It means that income disparity in this country has reached critical mass. When one or two percent of the uber rich gather in an ever increasing share of the wealth and 100 million people need help from the government to survive, you know this country is headed in the wrong direction. And Romney and a potential running mate, Paul Ryan, have crafted plans to keep it going in that direction; only faster. That ad by Romney isn't misleading; it's a damn lie. I am amazed that the Romney campaign hasn't already imploded under the weight of it's own hypocrisy.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  37. Steve,NY

    The more we give them the more people want a handout. My parents knew if they didn't work, they wouldn't eat.
    Didn't work meant odd jobs like picking night walkers at night, washing dishes in restaurants, picking beans and fruit for the farmers. Does this sound familiar, people today don't want these jobs because they have a safety net called welfare. The welfare people live high on the hog compared to third world countries. That's why they all want to come here. They can get on welfare and guess what, I don't see people starving to death. Matter of fact we are the most obese country in the world. .
    The more the politicians promise them the more they want. That's why Obama is a shoo in for the Presidency. All those states that Obama won in 2008 have the highest welfare numbers. He is promising more and more and we the taxpayers have to support them. How can Obama lose? In four years that number may increase to 150 million.
    The bottom line it's going to be a Democratic majority in Congress and a Democratic President forever until all the rich people run out of money or leave the country. There is no incentive to work anymore like 50 years ago. The Democrat party today is not the same party that your parents supported 50 years ago. Obama and the Democrats are destroying this country. If you read these blogs people are brainwashed, yes give them more and more and tax the rich and then the not so rich later. Sounds like the Bolshevik revolution in disguise.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  38. bob, ontario, canada

    Jack, there will always be people, who for some legitimate reason, require government aid. The problem is to determine who qualifies for this assistance. In the U.S. and, here, in Canada, the number of illegal immigrants and those claiming refugee status plus those wanting to bring their parents to live with them so they can draw some form of government aid, need to be carefully evaluated in order to keep unnecessary welfare costs down. Once a country gets a reputation for easy access, then it's only a matter of time before boatloads of people with no names, no passports will be at your doorstep. Maybe the UN should pass a law that require each country to look after its own people and not allow them to leave simply because their own government doesn't offer support.

    August 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  39. Jen seattle wa

    Into a Malt liqour Laziness and an oppressive reminder that 2 party politricks that cheat u.s. kids out of education cuz family gotta pay the empires taxes to help state dept win worlds heart and mind as they import more people with guranteed welfare payments to take a house from some poor sap who got kicked into streets to make way for lowclass of the worlds money worshipping migrants who help the fuedal landlord inflate the rate as they go along with whatever they want to charge cuz unkle sam is paying for it so the international citizens can like the good ol u.s. of a while we suffer the consequences of fools in govt giving it all away becuz govt officials like to worshipped by the international community as if more sophisticated cuz hate likes them for the backstabs on u.s. moral contintal

    August 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  40. ken from connecticut

    Many of those on welfare don't realize they are caught in a web. The state of the union is far worse than we are led to believe. But its the responsibility of the president to avoid revealing this fully. What if the president told the country how dire our economy really was? I'd hate to see what would happen to the stock market the next day. It could create panic and a run on the banks. If really, 100 million people are getting welfare, then we are a sociallized country already and headed toward a communistic state. Or lets change that "bad word" to a "reformed progressive state".

    August 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  41. Don - Vancouver, WA

    I think that America is headed in expanding the definition of "Welfare". Let's kick them all off, those pesky farmers going through this drought and whiners that have gone through natural disasters are a drain on our economy.

    Who in the world thinks this misleading question is worth asking? And please don't list different possibilities that this definition of "Welfare" includes.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  42. Liz. Florida

    Down the drain Jack, down the drain.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  43. Jack

    You're scaring me Jack, this is spooky stuff !

    August 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  44. JD in NH

    Why don't you address the reason so many are on welfare? The outsourcing of jobs. Mr. Romney's outfit is preparing to give American workers the boot at a company in Illinois and has been having the American workers train their Chinese replacements. This isn't right. We need a HUGE tax on companies that do this rather than a HUGE tax write-off for the cost of closing a plant.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  45. Deb in MT

    Your citation for this story is "The Weekly Standard"? What's the matter, Jack: the "Weekly World News" and "National Inquirer" were unavailable?

    Get a legitmate source please.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  46. David of Alexandria VA

    It starts to suggest that pretty soon we'll come up on the road sign that says: "Last exit before Greece." It probably also says that Newt and Slick Willy were on the right track when they pushed for requiring investment in jobs programs for welfare recipients - teach a man to fish and all that. Maybe we should require that for all programs other than Medicare and Social Security (excluding disability, which seems to be a little fishy as it is)

    August 9, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  47. calaurore9

    It means that another $100 million are on disability.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  48. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack,we are headed for the nanny state and we will run out of money and then there will be no free stuff.This is a huge social mistake we will regret.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  49. Curtis in Philadelphia

    First of all Obama was asked by two Republican governors, Herbert of Utah and Sandoval of Nevada to loosen welfare requirements; secondly I would ask you to imagine what if we had invaded the US and poured trillions of dollars into building roads and winning the hearts and minds of Americans instead of, oh I don't know, Afghanistan and Iraq. Then maybe we're not having this conversation. Honestly Jack, it sounds to me like our social safety net is working.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  50. JM from DFW

    If we are not giving the money to foreign nations, but spending the money here in the US, we need to understand why?

    I rather spend the money to feed people, rather than the Military. I am a Veteran, but not a fool!

    We are getting like Mexico, those who have and those who don't.

    We are experiencing Reganomics.

    Why are we not happy?

    August 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  51. Reggie53

    America is definitely heading down Disaster Lane. It took Obama 3 1/2 years to turn the richest country into a welfare nation. We do not need another four years of Obama or very soon we will be considered a third world country. We will be the ones begging for aid rather than giving aid. God help us get to a better place.....Obama has to be voted out in November!!!!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  52. bonnie from NJ

    There is an obvious answer there for part of the problem, non-citizens. Also, by stopping their public assistance logic says this will have an impact on illegal immigration. As far as citizens go, we know there is much fraud involved in these programs which needs to be investigated and stopped, although I know that is not an easy task. But how about some jobs in this country and providing everyone with an equal education, those items would help those figures too. However, even though I agree there needs to be reform in these programs, you are also looking at the Republicans getting everyone to look away from the uber rich who are robbing this country blind and placing the blame on the poor. My 83 year old mother who lives on ss and a small pension gets $20 monthly in food stamps, is that really where the problem is?

    August 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  53. Pete in Georgia

    Jack, it's called SOCIALISM. It's the No.1 priority of Obama, everybody knows it but all the Liberal major media outlets including CNN refuse to acknowledge it and address the truth. You have a fundamental responsibility to do that.
    To do so would be admitting supporting him in the first place was a colossal mistake.
    Beyond sad.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  54. Kim , Dodge City, Kansas

    It's not where we're headed, it's where we're at. Thanks to decades of government supported out-sourcing of jobs, a corporate mind-set that puts profit above national economic health, and trade policies that do absolutely nothing to protect the American worker, we are now in the grip of a truly national disaster as our country slides toward third world status. Congress cares little to nothing about this, and is unwilling to put aside party interests to address the problem.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  55. Mike in Minneapolis

    Wow. Just today on CNN I heard that welfare was cut in half since Clinton's reform. That means in 1996, there were 200,000,000 people on welfare, which, at the time, was more than two thirds of the country, yet I knew not one of them. Come on, Jack. You're better than this. The Weekly Standard? We already have half this country convinced that no one works except for them. We don't need any more flames fanning information that comes from bumper stickers.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  56. Susan from Ca

    200 million on welfare. And the hits just keep on coming!

    August 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  57. Jenny Sills from Rome Georgia

    Death by Red Ink. Show me the candidate with the plan to reduce the debt and I show him my vote>

    August 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  58. Ron WPAFB

    It all starts with Economics in this country, which is VooDoo math, it doesn't work, can't work! Wages have not gone up for the average worker, especially Minimum Wage. Yet inflation has gone up drastically every year! It can't work. The only wages going up are those of the 1% at the top. It can't work! For instance, the Big three auto makers, back on the 80s were paying their factory worker high wages and benefits. And trying to sell a product to those who made far less! Any math teacher will tell you, That can't continue!
    So not only do the Top 1% want to sell you stuff you can't afford, they are also the banks who give you loans for things you can't afford at high interest. Now, Jack, you know how everything went bust! It's not class warfare, Jack, it's the majority of the people who do the hard work who aren't getting a fare shake!!!!!!!!! It can't continue like this, hide your money in your mattress because the big one is coming soon, World Depression!!!!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  59. John Hargis

    Lets just say; Mr. Obama, you can't fix stupid if stupid don't want to be fixed. John in Farmville Va

    August 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  60. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    I dont know where we're headed Jack, but I do know that I resent the finger pointing from both camps when it comes to the blame game. For instance Social Security was once very explicit about who would receive benefits but it has morphed into a free for all. The plaque on the Statue of Liberty that begins with the words, "Give me your tired, your poor......" , since when did it end with the words "And we'll give you a check."?

    August 9, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  61. Phyllis G Williams

    Where is the U.S. headed if more than 100 million people get welfare?

    Spread out hundreds of jobs that do not need any special education to perform
    and remind them the words of St.Paul, 2nd Thessalonians 3: 10
    "if any would not work, neither should he eat" (smile).

    August 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  62. EdfromMD

    It will lead to a boom in iphones as the goverment runs out of money for the post office and the welfare recipients recieve welfare checks electronically.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  63. Mark in Houston

    Jack...what it means is that more of us are not receiving some form of Government assistance because we live in a country where some in congress still feel compassion for it's citizens.

    If my 71 year old mentally challenged brother were not on SSI my wife and I would most likely be broke trying to take care o him and .... be an addition to that 100 million number.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  64. Bonnie in Arkansas

    No jobs, low-paying jobs, outsourced jobs, profits above all for the (Republican-backed) big corporations and the wealthy (same people). I agree with someone who said start paying a living wage and people won't have to get help to make ends meet. We would all like to hold our heads up with pride in our work and our way of life. That's being sucked out of us by the corporations - let's see, big oil, big insurance, big pharma, big agriculture - corn ethanol? Don't get me started on that fiasco. Think back to the GWB administration - every single thing he promoted and/or passed was a big giveaway to the big contributors. OK, you got me started.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  65. jackie1962

    Jack, soon the US will be known as The Land Of Dependents not the Land Of Opportunity

    August 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  66. RickFromDetroit

    It means we need 100 million people collecting welfare so we don't have people living on the streets and going hungry!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  67. John Keida

    Already there! I guess those without a boat do not benefit from a rising tide.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  68. J W Atlanta

    I can think of over four hundred leaches to the system....we call them Congressman. And I can think of a hundred free loaders called Senators. I think we should start there and work down.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  69. Jamie

    Where are we headed? The future unless we restore the middle class and stop the 1% from taking it all while driving everyone else into poverty.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  70. marcus

    i cannot believe the ignorance of people,people scream about the amount on welfare,yet want a welfare president,then fight about tax's going up,where do you think that money comes from,tax's,so for those obama supporters,this is all you,so continue to yell YAAAAAAA when he rallies as the good sheep you are,your to blame,not congress,not bush jr,you are,cause you keep it up

    August 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  71. vicky

    I qualified for food stamps because the Government is defrauding me of a certain percentage of my pension.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  72. Ronald Morris

    A better question, where will we be when Obama manages to raise it to 125 million on welfare? With more than 40% of immigrants on welfare?

    August 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  73. Johnny C (from Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack –

    Unfortunately ... they will be heading deeper into my pocket in the future.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  74. Renee, Illinois

    When I was growing up none of this equalled 'nanny state'. Collecting Social Security meant you rightfully got back what you put into the system during your working years. And I remember my grandparents citing welfare and food stamps as reasons why this was a good Christian country; we didn't just kick the poor and struggling to the curb. But recently there's been a resurgence in rich bigotry against the poor. But we're not supposed to talk about that and you're not supposed to report it that way. So you be a good little pawn and read a letter from some fool who's bought into the-rich-know-what's-good-for-all-of-us mentality. It's no coincidence that the use of these programs skyrocketed during and as a result of the Bush administration. We're headed for a society where the rich rule while the rest of us beg for scraps.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  75. stuart kaufman

    Does this number include corporate welfare (subsidies, etc.)?

    August 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  76. Zach, in Ohio.

    Down the same path Reaganomics put us on in the 80's. The anti-labor policies of the GOP have made millions of Americans dependent on meager "government handouts" just to feed their families, and they have the audacity to attack the same social class they subjugated three decades ago.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  77. Mr Cannuckistan

    What does it say about the state of the private sector when it is unable or unwilling to hire American workers leaving them with no other alternative but to take advantage of the social safety net previous and future generations have and will pay for.


    August 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  78. Larry Lozano

    We will be headed towards a socialist nation with makeshift huts as federal housing and rusty cars as a norm on our roads. There's only one way to prevent this, build the private sector and stop putting us in federal debt!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
  79. Jeremy

    I was just in a Sam's Club yesterday and saw a woman, driving a mercedes benz purchase $650 dollars in foods on her welfare food stamp Access card. I work and she gets the free ride – reform is needed – drug testing is needed – internal audits – the thing that makes me mad is that she was buying things not for her kids – but, lobster tails and strip steaks, things I cant afford – we need to set up food pantries that limit what can be bought – rather then letting people rape the system – this is a horrible situation and we are heading down the toilet.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  80. egbertowillies

    While that is a large number of people receiving assistance and while it is likely an abuse by some, it is simply the case that in America a living wage is not being paid to a large number of our population. Moreover as the cost of healthcare and other necessities skyrocket it will only get worst. We have an income and wealth disparity problem. Until that is solved the welfare numbers will justifiably get worst. It is all in the charts. You can't have the wealth and income transfer we have codified into our law and tax system and then wonder about the type of outcome we are seeing.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  81. Chuck Cgramberg

    To asnwer the question we only need to fiollow where the jobs went. That would be China, Mexico and India. Oh well, at least the wealthiest of the wealthy are doing better than ever.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  82. thelocalassociation

    Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
    Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door. (Statue of Liberty)

    August 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  83. Sophia Louis

    This is harsh, but I do not think that non citizens should receive government, federal or state benefits. Sorry.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  84. PM Carpenter

    You mean there are 100 million folks in the top 1 percent? I guess there are, since the most privileged among us receive by far the greatest government largess, whether in tax breaks, loopholes, subsidies, loans, or government contracts.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  85. DJ in Orlando

    If more than 100M people are on Welfare, I guess you could conclude that those precious tax cuts – along with "trickle-down" economics – may just not be working as well as we were told they would!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  86. Kay

    It says that we're still coming out of the second republican sponsored Great Depression. The question should be what would've happened to americans if not for the social safety net put in place after the First republican led Great Depression. Any questions?

    Kay, Ecorse, mi.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  87. Minor Anderson

    The question needs to be why is there so much inequality in our economy that this stunning number of people qualify for assistance.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  88. bobbie

    EXCUSE ME!...Did I hear you say social security is "welfare"?...well, after paying the "MAXIMUM" for over 48 years, I think I could have been far better off if I had been able to keep my OWN money!.....it is most certainly NOT welfare!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  89. Mr. D

    Where are we headed? Probably towards 200 million receiving the government vote buying hand out. As the sun sets slowly in the west, and we go down with it, isn't it nice to think what it has been and what it could be, or what we thought it could be.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  90. Cyn

    WHY is anyone shocked at so many people on welfare after the REPUBLICANS crashed the economy? While the GOP was making sure that their friends got corporate welfare at the taxpayer expense, the middle class completely fell apart.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  91. Jose

    Where are we getting such money toi support 100 millions people? Who determines who gets support and how?

    August 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  92. Frankie

    It means that the US has already long been headed in a direction that leaves the middle class unable to earn a living wage. Just maybe the Congress should consider helping the Administration to speed up our recovery by building roads and bridges and improving schools. Take my word for it, if wealthy people get more tax breaks, former middle-class people will still need food stamps.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  93. Johnny Doughnut

    Jack: this country is going straight to hell.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  94. JB Hill

    Once you've given a dog a bone, it will come back for another. The federal government needs to make it clear that people cannot receive help unless they have some skin in the game. I'm not saying students, seniors, or people with pre-existing health conditions don't deserve help when they can barely support themselves on their own. But when we are shelling out welfare checks to people who don't deserve the money or giving Romney a $70k tax break for a horse, we need to make some sort of change to the system. Outlook: Pricey.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  95. voice

    well the country is going to hell and it is because of the outsourcing of the jobs,. Manufacturing must come back to the country and what remains must be kept by any means necessary. The middle class and the working classes are the backbone of this country not the rich they are only the 1%. The world may even be a better place without those greedy vulture capitalist like Romney who want the keys to the cookie jar. Bad idea people real bad. Fox in the hen house for sure.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  96. Pin Elephant in San Diego

    If you paid into Social Security – it's yours fair and square. If you paid into MediCare – it's yours fair and square. Now lets talk about the illegals getting the same, if not more, than the hard working Americans that funded the system. That's disgusting, but yet another example of over paid, under worked, idiots in Washington, DC. I will vote for Romney because I want what he has – and lots of it.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  97. Daniel

    It doesn't surprise me, this is what happens when you destroy the middle class. What we need are policies that pull people out of welfare, and a Congress able to pass laws about it. We need a better control over this too, there's a lot of fraud out there, and this country can't afford it right now. Half of Mexicans, Guatemalans and Dominicans on welfare? It's time we cancel permanent residence status if people can't feed themselves... Citizens first, and that goes for foreign aid as well, we are getting in debt to help other countries. It doesn't make sense.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  98. Jerry Rankin

    Not all 100 million receive the same level of welfare – the working poor may receive some level of food assistance and medicare, but still be working their asses off in low paying, probably part time, jobs where medical insurance is a vain fantasy. It is wrong to stereotype all who receive assistance as "one size fits all."

    August 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  99. Martha Brooks

    If the statistics were further analyzed I'll bet that a significant percentage of those 100 million are single Mothers -immigrant OR citizens. Some work in marginal jobs, some don't. And, yes, the more kids, the more benefits. There's a lot of them hereabouts...

    Martha, PA

    August 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  100. Fernando McGregor

    We are we headed down, because the Republican principle of "Trickle Down Economic Model" DOES NOT WORK !!!
    We need a change in the economic model that favors the majority of the population and not the economic elite, who lives by a different set of rules than the rest of the nation.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  101. Louie

    Lets drug test them, then we see who lines up for the handout.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  102. John Kuhlman

    What in the world to you mean calling Social Security a welfare program.? It is an insurance program in which people pay premiums and collect benefits. It is not just the elderly that receive benefits but also dependent children and survivors. Right after 9/11, survivors of those killed in that tragedy drew benefits. Do you really think they were welfare recipients?

    August 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  103. Ron Elliott

    We will greatly reduce those of us on welfare or government assistance if we continue to make progress in increasing employment and adding jobs. We must bring jobs back within our shores from elsewhere. The administration has made great progress from the drastic state of affairs it found when Bush left. He brought about all the welfare increase and loss of jobs and financial well being. Hate to think what the welfare rolls number would have been if the Republican's had kept the executive branch the past 4 years. Too bad the Tea Party and big money manipulators kept Congress from following the The President's leadership.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  104. Chuck

    I suspect it means someone is statistically challenged. Does the 100M number come from Senate Republicans, not known for accuracy of their claims? If someone gets SNAP and Medicaid, do they become 2 people in the stats? I'd need more detail before accepting that outrageous claim!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  105. bobby

    it 's amazing to me how you and your staff can put a story out there that 100 million people get some kind of help
    from the goverment what you should have put in there is that 75 million want work and a job that pay's them enough
    to make end's meet without killing themself take all the money that those fat cats make on wall street and the cushy 22millon salarys we'd all be better off but until that time thank god people get the help they need

    August 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  106. Alma

    How many of these people are children?
    Plus what exactly does a family need to make to get food stamps? In Texas, it's something like $14,000 for a family of four.
    The problem is not welfare but that people don't make enough to buy food for their children, unless they work 3 or 4 jobs to make ends meet. The problem is poverty and how cost of living has skyrocketed and minimum wage hasn't budged much either.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  107. Jerry Mund, Appleton, WI

    Chaos. The conservative movement has shoved millions of middle class people into the poverty class. This is the sad result of Republican policies and they have the gall to holler "welfare queens" and "food stamp cheats."

    August 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  108. Dianne Reeves

    Welfare Reform: Really? You guys sound more and more like
    FOX news. TANF (Welfare Reform Clinton signed) had no formulas for people with less resources under a recession (i.e., No Jobs to be Had). There are only 4.5 million families receiving anything. The only thing people have left is food stamps in this environment since there is no Welfare under Clinton's bill for anyone without a job or health care. What is the definition of slavery today? To happily live homeless, hungry, and sick?

    August 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  109. dean morris

    Why is it that people on welfare are consistently scapgoated in our society? Why will noone face the fact that people would not be so predominantly on welfare if employers would loosen their knuckles and pay Americans a decent wage? Why do employers feel the heed to prop themselves up with these exorbitant royalty like lifestyles while their employees have to eat ramen noodles from walmart 10 times a week? Why are employers so darned greedy? I have no animosity for people on welfare who are being unjustly dehumanized by our society, but I have nothing but contempt for COE's who live in $30 million dollar monuments to ego built off the labor of part time workers, with no benefits, working for $8.00 an hour.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  110. Mark from New Jersey

    The people on welfare get millions. The banks get trillions in welfare. Corporations get billions. Look on a pie chart, Jack. GE paid NO taxes last year. The oil companies make billions in profits and get subsidies. Compared to these companies, the people on welfare get Cokes and cab fare.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  111. nell

    Jack are you including medicaid, medicare and social security? Your ticker tape states welfare has been cut in half, which is it Jack? In my state, this is simply not true. Illegals do not get welfare. Helping Romney eh CNN

    August 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  112. Avery

    down the proverbial tubes. i work in a grocery store and about half of the people who use a 'welfare swipe card' are usually dressed better than me and when they leave hop into a car that i could only dream of owning. if a growth in jobs does'nt come soon more will be feeding at the government teet. total dependency will rule the day.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  113. Paula in Las Vegas

    the businesses and companies who employ the citizens of this country are deciding the pay scale. which we all agree for the mass majority is not a living wage. The businesses and companies also decide how many employees to employ, if any at all here in the United States. We do not decide these things, the owners, managers, CEO's, boards and directors decide the low pay scale and how many, if any, employees to employ and offer benefits. We, the working class have no control over their decisions. All we can do is work two or three jobs at one time to try and make ends meet so that the owners of these businesses can make grossly high wages beyond their needs and then try and get out of paying the taxes. The big business and companies are killing this country. They don't pay their employees enough and so it in turn burdens the welfare system. They do everything they can to get out of paying taxes, again, burdening our system even more. The folks in control with all the power need to start making responsible decisions if you truly love this country. Or, you can leave.....

    August 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  114. Floyd

    It means that we have had a deep recession and because of the federal government children and families are not starving. The system is working. When the economy gets stronger these numbers will go down.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  115. TJ in Las Vegas

    WELFARE is the symptom of so many problems that we as a country do not want to face or fix. It has always been the "go to" theme for politicians in trouble. With the cultural divide in this country I'm surprise we get anything done. All our problems are self inflicted and we can correct them if we decide to do it together. Together is the operative word. Look at Congress. All of them together couldn't change a light bulb. How are we to re-educate our workers, re-inspire our youth and re-assure our seniors when the governing body acts like playground weenies.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  116. Dale N.M.

    I know this for a fact I see it, four people living in the same apartment, all four of them are on welfare assistance receiving those welfare debit cards, mean while "they are working for cash only" which keeps them qualify for welfare assistance.

    One or two of them will work just long enough to qualify for unemployment, and then they go back to working for cash only.

    All four of them drive expensive vehicles two of them are those Cadillac Escalade's, here I am going by the rules working my butt off,"" I can only dream of owning a Cadillac Escalade "".

    And there are several more in this apartment complex doing the very same thing, all over the United States the very same thing is happening without a doubt.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  117. georgerecco

    And where is the U.S. headed if 100s of banks, corporations, industrial farms, and oil companies continue to get corporate welfare? To a government for the corporation by the corporation, that's where.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  118. Lenny Fisher

    Jack your question assumes that it is the fault of the citizenery is on welfare, I think that the conversation would be more productive if it was, What has led us to the point where i million people are on welfare?

    August 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  119. John Mendoza

    As you see more migrants get Welfare get welfare than citizens and low income citizens don't qualify for food stamps, Welfare and everything else should be for citizens. I am a veteran, lost my job, unemployment ran out and living on SS and what little I get in food stamps Cant get a job because this this thing about their is no age discrimination is false because with experience once they know your age they will not hire you if you are a senior.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  120. Eve of London, TX

    A couple of Mexican nationals working as lawn care workers in my neighborhood told me their wives were turned down for welfare, that it was limited to US citizens. However, I'd rather pay for poor people than pay for corporate welfare, such as subsidies to rich oil companies, etc. And aren't the largest percentage of people on welfare are children?

    August 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  121. David

    If Romney's elected, more of us are going to need welfare and fewer of us will get it. The only way to reduce the welfare roles is to grow the middle class. Romney's brand of cowboy capitalism means we all have to fight for ourselves, and at least half of us will lose. Obama at least understands what it means to need some help.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  122. Jeff

    This 100 million claim is bull pucky Jack! you should be ashamed for repeating right wing propaganda! Read the fine print: “Figures include anyone residing in a household where at least one person received a program benefit.” In other words, if your disabled brother lives with your family of six, and was a recipient of Medicaid (not to be confused with Medicare), all seven of you are listed as having received a welfare benefit. This number is total inflammatory junk!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  123. altarea

    they would'nt need it if,they were paid a decent wage.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  124. Georgia in Michigan

    Like everything else we encounter in our daily lives of late, there is no integrity or self respect. Our moral structure is "Going to Hell in a Handbasket".

    August 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  125. KJ

    I'd be curious to know the "misleading" aspect that Obama and Clinton claim. 100 million seems like an awfully high number (32% percent of the population?? Really????) on government assistance. I think the question you pose could be a bit loaded without understanding the breakdown of how those numbers are figured.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  126. dave

    It confires, that while midddle class wages have been stagnet for going on 30 years while the right wing of this country took us into a "supply side and trickle down economy " direction, it failed! people just have been getting poorer! its time to change directions and try anything else but " supply side and tricle down" because good or bad it didn't work!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  127. Stephanie in Seattle

    You can bet that if obama gets another term, this will go up. We are slowly giving away our place as leaders of the world through our nanny state, entitlement, fairness over any common sense attitude. In America are all born equal with the same rights, but our liberal gov't wants to guarantee everyone the same result without any sense of responsibility. This is going to be the demise of this country. To quote Auster "Once the government becomes the supplier of people's needs, there is no limit to the needs that will be claimed as a basic right."

    August 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  128. Marty

    Most people on welfare or any type of assistance would like to be working and get off assistance. This country is going to go in a direction that will put them to work. This will be when we have people in congress that want the country to move forward and stop impeding progress because of ideals. This country was founded on principles and ideals, but most of our forefathers new the need and how to compromise. When all progress is stopped, our country does not stop, it goes into reverse and degradation. When our country was in the depression, we got out by the government putting people to work. Obama 2012

    August 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  129. James

    The US is heading in the wrong direction!! I am a high school student whose father works at his small business 6 days and over 60 hours a week. My dad is a life long Democrat but in this election he has switched to support Mitt Romney because he is tired of working so hard for a basic salary and his taxes are used to support people who will not work to earn it like he has.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  130. Keith NYC

    Financial ruin.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  131. Michele Snow

    Let's compare that figure with the rising U.S. poverty level; more than 20% of children now live in poverty. What about losses of jobs an homes due to Republican policies and Republican failure to regulate corrupt banking practices? Dependency has real economic causes; let's lose the racist and anti-immigrant scapegoating on this. How many white working class people have lost everything from corrupt banking practices and outsourcing jobs? Provide a context for statistics, which you know, Jack can be used to "prove" anything.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  132. Fernando

    Its headed to a lazier country and a more horrible economy. Just the other day there was a help wanted sign. A man with kids walked by and said "any way i dont need a job I'll just get food stamps." And we wonder why were over 8% unemploymet.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  133. Tim in Indiana

    It's not where we are headed. It is where we are.

    Biggest "recession" since the Great Depression. Long term unemployment. Decades of stagnant wages. Trickle down economics that don't work. Jobs outsourced to China, India and other countries.

    It's life in "these United States" today. I'd rather see the elderly in nursing homes taken care of, and the poor fed and housed than see us all attack them for being on "welfare".

    Let's hope that Mitt is not elected this fall or those 100 million folks may be out on the streets(or rioting in the streets or dead.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  134. Linda in Arizona

    You're talking about corporate welfare, right? No? Why not? And don't even consider the waste and fraud in no-bid contracts to the MIC. No, let's pick on poor people as usual. They don't have the money to hire lobbyists, so people like you can say whatever you please about them. Very predictable, Jack. As to where the country is headed, with or without social safety net payments to the poor, I think we all know the answer to that. We are circling the drain.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  135. Jim

    It means mores the 1% who have thrived from the Bush Tax cutsand didn't create many jobs in America, China and India were morrrre profitable for them. The jobs that are available are minimum wage or not much more and nobody can live on those wages, this expands the welfare net. Meanwhile Romney wants to give these same job creators antothe tax cut, this will only expand our deficits and expand the welfare role.If we continue rely on the job creators with huge tax breaks we will also continue to expand our welfare roles, evenually sooner than later bringing our country to default, like Greece. If we don't increase taxes on the wealthty, get a handle on our deficit that is fair to everyone the United Stated will drive reach the point of no return.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  136. bill S

    it means that the American people are being "trained" in the Chinese communist welfare state mentality, which is apropos, since they will own us soon anyway. We need to refocus on individual achievement, and stop the indoctrination into the government as the source of everything society. We must also go back to the immigration policy that required immigrants to show the means of support to enter legally.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  137. Harry Moyer

    What do you expect? Make a graph of the growing wealth disparity over the last 12 years and super impose it against a graph of the growth of welfare. Betcha the similarities are astounding. Until we demand jobs be returned to our soil with fair pay for honest work, these welfare numbers will increase.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  138. mactsr

    Where is the U.S. headed if more than 100 million people get welfare?

    The poor house Jack. I can only hope the American voters wake up and elect someone that can fix this problem.

    Ron Paul 2012

    August 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  139. David

    If 100 Million more people get welfare in time the U.S might raises higher tax rates to the people. This will cause an epidemic on the Middle Class which is devastating to the economy, and I'll bet Mitt Romney is going to change the economy after he win the election.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  140. Gary

    Jack this is a testimony to failed policies and wrong headed priorities. We spend billions on wars with marginal results of change....why...political egos I believe. We make choices to send soldiers to other countries for misguided wars. We send billions that are stolen by dictators that WE support. What's wrong with his picture? The .S is in big trouble and the politicians bicker about taxes paid, stumping to win political office and no members of congress that put the country before their political egos.

    This is just sick. This country is better than this yet it appears that politicians work only for their benefit....not the people.,I'm just listening to an Obama ad attacking Romney not,paying taxes. Where in hell is the Obama that spouts the dialogue that stresses a better world. He is sooooo smooth as a campaignermI have trouble believing is really different than all the others. Get elected at all cost for himself....what about the people that are on welfare????????

    August 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  141. Jerry Mund, Appleton, WI

    We are headed to a mid-nineteenth century English society. A few robber barons and many poor people begging for a farthing. This is the conservative ideal and their attack on the middle class reveals this to be true. Servants were very cheap then.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  142. Larry in Houston

    Where is the U.S. headed if more than 100 million people get welfare?

    Short Answer : Towards Bankruptcy, period.

    The Question Should have been : What happens Next in the U.S. when the GDP figures outnumbers the National Debt ?

    August 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  143. Kelly from Michigan

    Given the source are these numbers believed true?

    The veracity of the numbers aside and what they maybe counting as "welfare", e.g. unemployment compensation, etc., if it is necessary to take the hard edge off of capitalism then so be it. People forget without FDR's New Deal capitalism as we no it would not be preserved in this country. Go back to the era in this country when people starved to death during downturns in the economy and see how long it takes before there is a real uprising and not some phony astro turf billionaire financed tea party clubs.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  144. Danny

    If you dont have a job how do you buy groceries? Although there are people that take advantage of the welfare system, there are people that depend on it in hard times to be able to feed their families. Its funny how we complain about taking care of people in the US with welfare and healthcare. But those same people that complain about it dont have issues with spending trillions of taxpayers dollars on needless wars!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  145. fred massachusetts

    Medicade and soc sec are not welfare. anyone on medicade and soc sec pay 99.50 each month for medicade coverage, (such as it is). If candidate roomneyy and blubery cry baby beeaner had thier way we wouldn't have that.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  146. Aaron

    Perqhaps if some of the trillions of dollars Reomy's friends are sitting on in the hopes of making even more money was used to employ some of the people so desperately in need of work there would be fewer people needing financial help. it would be nice to see some of these businesses give something back to the country that offers the opportunity to have more money than can be imagined.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  147. Dylan, CA

    Have you ever tried living on welfare? It's hardly a system that allows you to kick back and do nothing as the government puts food on your table. Life on welfare is probably one of the hardest, most tumultuous rides you could possibly find yourself on, and many welfare recipients actually have to take multiple jobs in order to survive. This feeling that people who are on welfare are little more than leaches on the system, ESPECIALLY for illegal immigrants, is just patently false. They are people who actually need that meager little stipend in order to keep themselves alive.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  148. bob

    Jack: that number sounds incredulous. Did you verify that people are not being counted twice. for example, a welfare recipient is likely receiving medicaid and other federal and state programs. Did you count them multiple times? If so you are distorting the truth (truth = absence of deception).

    August 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  149. nell

    Your question is inflammatory, untrue and discriminatory. I guess Cinton was lying!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  150. David Pham

    If 100 Million more people get welfare in time the U.S might raises higher tax rates to the people. This will cause an epidemic on the Middle Class which is devastating to the economy, and I'll bet Mitt Romney is going to change the economy after he win the election.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  151. Joseph

    If they(republicans) would leave Planned Parenthood and their education programs alone, if the Catholics would allow adults to make personal choices related to their decisions on birth control, then there would be less "over grown" families that need welfare, and by the way Obama Care provides some of these options. If Mitt and his cohorts would leave the good paying jobs in place then men and woman could support their children, instead of closing factories and claiming they have "created jobs' like staples that barely provide the income to support one person, then maybe we wouldn't have so many collecting welfare.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  152. Lena Lynn

    First, I must wonder about the accuracy of the statistics if you are using The Weekly Standard (a NeoConservative paper) and Senate Republicans as your sources. Even so, if that many people truly do need assistance, it illustrates the poor state of the American economy today. Since Wall Street sent our economy into a downward spiral, I think we should tax every single market transaction. That will help fill our coffers, and I'd say the casino players on Wall Street can afford it!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  153. Joannie Reese

    I think that this should be a wake up call to all the American people; that we need to asess the reasons all of these people including me are receiveing food stamps and medicaid even though the majority of us work a full time job (more that 40 Hrs per week). When I lost my job 4 years ago I went to work keeping books for a small company. I was guaranteed a certain wage after 60 days that I could live on. When I asked about my raise my boss sat down and explained to me that my raise was the 250.00 per month that I could receive on food stamps and as far as insurance I could put my son on medicaid; then it was explained to me down to the dime of the EIC earned income credit I would get from my income tax return, with the Quote " I pay taxes, you don't, so go and get you raise". my question to you is How many low income employers have this attitude towards their employees. I not longer work for this employer, I quite, and went to work else where and returned to school full time to hopefully to get to where I no longer receive these benefits, even though they are life savers for me.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  154. Debbie from Durango CO

    Romney doesn't pay any taxes so tell him to SHUT UP about welfare

    August 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  155. Mishelle

    You were clearly around and aware of the "Bush" years, why focus on such negativity? The extent of our collapse wasnt even fully felt when President Obama was sworn in! Republican policies, and the greed of the wealthy have put the rest of us in this situation. They had control, yet we are all suffering the most. How are these numbers surprising? I know former engineers and many middle class who were forced to welfare. Its not all "lazy" people. If Congress would learn to work bi partisan, President Obama could have implimented a lot more help. Lets ask the better question...who is most in touch with average everyday America? It certainly isnt Romney....and Jack, lets tell the truth now, President Obama has NOT loosened welfare! In such a horrible crisis, more qualified for welfare. Now the Romney wants to rebuild the economy he says by taxing the middle class and poor when his party is the ones who got us into this in the first place! No thanks! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  156. nathan in Oregon

    If a poor family takes food stamps, they get labeled lazy parasites – if a multimillionaire takes advantage of obscure tax loopholes and overseas investments, well gosh, that's just smart business.

    I guess it's just easier to feel contempt for the unwashed... it's like Jesus always said, "I've got mine, Jack."

    August 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  157. James in D.C. (inside the beltway but not a beltway insider)

    What you're seeing is social support programs kicking in during an extended economic downturn. Half of the people in this country make less than $27,000 / year – could you live on that, much less support a family? Since 1970, worker productivity increased 150% but their wages increased only 13%. Where did the rest go? To the super-rich! This is part of what's wrong, and what we have to fix

    August 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  158. Scott fom Eugene Oregon

    Actually, I believe it is more important to compare the dollar amounts the federal government has spent on some welfare programs, (e.g. Food stamps, Medicaid) with the dollar amounts it has spent on other welfare programs, such as the subsidies for the oil and gas industry, corporate tax giveaways and big bank bailouts; and then we can debate and decide what we value as the world's most advanced democratic society. Money is money, and welfare is welfare regardless of the recipients' socioeconomic status.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  159. Sherri

    Jack, Our country started an economic downturn starting in 2006. It's no wonder so many people are in need of government programs right now. 100 million is a lot but most of them don't want to be on welfare, they want work. Our country went through the Great Depression with people far worse off than we are now. We can make it through it will just take time. People now days want instant gratification. They expect that things will and should get better over night. Well it took years for our economy to get this bad and it will take years to get it out. Nothing will get better for our children if we don't learn the lesson of being a fiscally responsible nation, that includes in our own homes. We expect the government to live inside it's means and as individuals we should too.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  160. Kay

    It means as ceo salaries, food, and gas prices go UP, while workers salaries either stagnate or go down, a person can work 40 hrs a week and still qualify for govt. assistance. Ain't greed grand?

    August 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  161. Carol

    Did you bother to get the breakdown on all the members of the military and the working poor who are receiving foodstamps? I see it among the twenty & thirtysomethings including relatives and friend's children who work so hard but can't make it. My own Son-In-Law is a combat medic and did 3 tours in Iraq, but they're often struggling. My oldest Daughter & her hubby got out of the Airforce with honers, they too deployed, and worked hard, but even though they're College graduates the were competing with a thousand people and more for each job. They accepted help with medical for the kids and stamps for a year, then being an RN she was hired and has specialized in NICU & PICU. Jack & Wolf are you implying anyone who gets federal help is a lazy piece of trash? Why don't you let people know about our kids who have served their Country but have no jobs to come home to. Thank you.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  162. Mike JOhnson

    Well, we finally see where all those Americans who ‘are no longer looking for work’ have gone. The politicians don’t want to let us know how bad this economic disaster really is, but I guess all you have to do is look at the welfare statistics. After thirty years of ‘supply side economics, it appears that nearly a third of the population is suffering from an apparent lack of supply. Thanks Jack for finally shedding light on this dirty little secret, maybe now we can pull our heads out of the sand and do something about it.
    …..Mike in Glendora California

    August 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  163. Paula Kay

    Jack, you should be ashamed for stirring the pot again. Look at the fine print, "Figures include anyone residing in a household in which at least one person received a program benefit." So if Uncle Bill is receiving any kind of Vet benefits, and he's living in your house with your spouse and five kids, your whole household is counted, eight people in this scenario. Come on, Jack, you know better than to give voice to anything the Republican Senate Budget Committee produces. Shame on you!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  164. Jo

    It means trickle down economics does not and never will work. As long as government makes the rules that keep us unemployed then they should pay for us.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  165. Carla in Canada

    To a name change, Jack: the United Socialist States of America. You can't have close to 1/3 of the country's citizens living off of government programs without realizing it is socialism. (Which makes this Canadian curious about why, in the presidential campaign, the worst charge one candidate can make against another is that she/he is "a socialist." There are dozens of examples of clear-cut socialism existing in the USA right now! How do you spell Medicare???)

    August 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  166. 7nationals

    Look no further than companies like Bain Capital who make an extremely good living out of selling out their fellow Americans. Lets send the jobs to China & India which will allow Americans to pursue other options. Somehow the Republicans sold the notion that we didn't need manufacturing, and we didn't need menial code cranking jobs for Programmers. We were all gonna be Masters of the Universe. At What? I am one of the Best Programmers/DBA (s) in the World, bar none. Companies like Bain would have you believe you can buy 3 of me in Mumbai. Yep you can and all three of them put together will not accomplish what I will in a typical day. You can have Cheap or you can have Excellence. Nothing new under the Sun. Consequently you have hundreds of thousands formerly of the Middle Class now collecting Food Stamps, Hundreds of thousands whose Unemployment is running out. What else are they gonna do? Until the Government forces changes Corporations will not change their Quest to the Bottom and will continue to cite Shareholder responsibility for Shipping American Jobs to India & China.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  167. DM-Boston

    I truly believe that Welfare in it of itself isn’t the focus of everyone’s disbelief and anger. What may be at the core is the perception that there are many receiving Welfare that do not qualify or do not need it. Stories of food stamp recipients driving Mercedes Benz’s and EBT cards that are being used to buy alcohol, tobacco, tattoos and other assorted “necessities”. 100 Million is alarming. However the pervasive fraud, waste and abuse that is both perception and reality is at the core of what drives people absolutely over the edge. Prisoners collecting tax returns. Illegal or undocumented – whatever your flavor, collecting Welfare ??? …….. There are FAR too many people in the wagon be pulled by few too many who question the manner in which the pols load the wagon. Eventually the wheels are going to fall off.. wait… I think they have….

    August 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  168. David Pham

    If 100 Million more people get welfare in time the U.S might raises higher tax rates to the people. This will cause an epidemic on the Middle Class which is devastating to the economy, and I'll bet Mitt Romney is going to change the economy after he win the election. Right now Americans are slacking to find jobs while the hard working earn their way.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  169. Michelle

    SHOWS A GREAT GAP IN WEALTH!! Do you know anyone that can support a family of 4 with two wage earners paid minimum wage of $7.40 per hour if they are lucky enough to have a full time JOB, especially in MI. Not only do they have normal housing cost, food, utilities but cost of a vehicle...NO MASS TRANSIT HERE!! I know a company that in the last 5 years that took 3000 full time manufacturing jobs and made them Temporary...over #9 Billion in profits in 2011 & just gave Mitt Romney over $3 Million donation while he stayed at their summer homes in Holland, MI....hint...he ran for governor of MI and his wife was MI Republican Chairman a few years back....

    August 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  170. Larry in Houston

    Where is the U.S. headed if more than 100 million people get welfare?

    BTW – How do you think us regular people feel – when we are in line at any grocery store, or for ANY place that sells Food, behind someone who pays with Food Stamps, come to find out that they are wearing better clothes & shoes than you do, not to mention the fact that they are driving newer Automobiles that I am. ( and I'm driving vehicles that are 2 years old)

    Makes you wonder how they do it. I wish I knew, because I know a lot of people that would give their right arm to be in that position.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  171. Marc

    Well jack it's simple....300mil in the U.S......2% holds 40% of the wealth........that leaves 98% to share 60%..........addin the fact that the rich get richer and poor get poorer because we live in a CAPITALIST country.. Until people realize the true definition of the word, their gonna have to print more money or give out more welfare. FACT!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  172. gary

    The gov. welfare includes many programs for active duty and veterans. Cafferty doesn't mention these and other programs that are important. Cafferty seems to lump it all under food stamps and medi-caid like a big dog whistle.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  173. robert

    hi Jack, for starters social security and medi care are not welfare although the right wing always tries to portray it that way. second, you media types who ALL reside in the top 5% always try to demonize the poor as leeches sucking away your hard earned money. Third, the media never ever mentions all the corporate welfare the american people provide (7.3 trillion) to the banking sector alone in 4 years. Fourth 1 family (the Waltons of Wal mart fame) hold more wealth than the bottom 40 million people. does that bother you Jack??? and one last point, the right constantly screams about socialism but never mention that corporate America socializes the loses but they keep all the profit. I know you know all this Jack, and you also know that if the republicans win that number will be 200 million once they implement Paul Ryans budget.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  174. Jack

    Jack, the answer is simple. we're going the way of the Roman Empire. The only difference is we're better at it. For the Romans decline took several centuries. At our current rate of the rich getting richer and everybody else getting poorer, we will manage to do it in less than a century leaving us with a plutocracy. You know how that story turned out.

    Jack from AZ

    August 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  175. Lawrence

    Hey Jack,
    Don't worry about the cost of welfare to our country. That's not what's causing our economy to be in the toilet. Welfare's not the problem because it plays little role in the budget deficit. It makes up just 0.1 percent GDP. But since you bring it up, the real problem is that jobs are being outsourced becauset corporations have no incentive to keep jobs here due to our corporate tariff policy. Do an analysis of the real problem instead of pointing to the symptoms. All you're doing is getting low information voters to point their pitchforks at the wrong target – the poor and low income people who are on welfare for food and health care. Sure there are some people who are gaming the system but that's even less of a percentage than the 0.1 percent cost of GDP for the entire welfare budget.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  176. John from Santa Maria, CA

    I could not in good conscience deny anyone food or medical care. The wealthy have schewed our political system to their economic advantage, the fact that working people cannot feed their families is proof of that. NASA is welfare for highly educated scientist who would not have jobs if not for that government dole, and NASA's main goal is to dump billion dollar space junk on mars to take picture of dirt. With that in mind, food stamps and medicaid dont seem so bad.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  177. Craig - US Citizen studying in Canada

    How are we supposed to know how to respond to this "study" without knowing what the 80 plus "overlapping programs" include? How is welfare defined here? For example, does it include student loans and grants? How about oil company subsidies and breaks for other corporations? I bet that isn't included. Regardless, wouldn't outrage be better directed at declining wages and the refusal of the wealthy to finally get around to trickling down on the rest of us as they promise to with every new tax cut they receive? Their refusal to trickle is why so many need help to begin with.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  178. ed

    are you more outraged that 100 mil are on welfare,or 100 mil need welfare. i see a difference.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  179. Mr. C

    I was laid off three years ago. No one will hire a 50 year old. Losing my home, my integrity, my spirit but, I manage to make $ underemployed to feed my family without government welfare. At the grocery store today I could only afford 10 items. In front of me yes, you guessed it. A welfare baby momma laced with gold and tattoos w/two cell phones on her hip bitching about having to use two different EBT cards. My gold is gone…my phones are gone. I am lost in what was my America. My only wish is a complete meltdown of the US in my lifetime. Politicians are only in it for the control of the US Treasure Ship. And will say and do anything for the taxpayers gold. All Political Parties!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  180. Sharon

    Start Welfare Reform with Corporate Welfare Reform!

    Are they counting corporate welfare aka subsidies or are they just picking on families trying to survive on minimum wage? I know of someone who owns a fracking company who was given a free herd of cattle. Oil and gas companies are given billions in welfare. If they want to crack down on welfare they should start where millions and billions are given to millionaires and billionaires before they go after the poor who get a few measly thousand a year for groceries. If you want to get people off of food stamps, the obvious solution is to force corporations who are getting millions and billions in welfare to pay the people who make them millionaires and billionaires a living wage already.

    I live in Corpus Christi, Texas. I get an $850.00 disability check. $100 of that goes to pay on my student loan. With a $750.00 month income, I qualify for a whopping 100.00 a month in food stamps.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  181. Jeff

    Maybe we can shoot for 2million if we elect the wall street banker(oops I meant job creator) for President

    August 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  182. John Louisiana

    Jack you forgot to mention the oil companies alone get FOUR BILLION a year not counting what the fortune 500 get.
    OH YEA! I forgot little people don't buy ads on cnn

    August 9, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  183. grantdevereaux

    The entire welfare expense in America is 9.6 billion dollars a year. When you consider that we spend nearly 800 billion dollars on defense, it seems a pittance to take care of America's most needy people.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
  184. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Medicaid is received by many seniors who get Social Security, but who have such heavy long term care expenses that they have run out of money. Anyone making a real effort to change that will go down in flames. As for the non-seniors, it says more about our educational system – which is majorly underfunded for many people in generational poverty – especially in the South. Fix that and provide paid remedial education to adults who were badly served (rather than insisting they train for and take dead end jobs) and you will turn the tide of people getting benefits. As for seniors, if employers paid the taxes to support senior Medicaid and could get out of doing so by providing long term care insurance for all employees and retirees (with legacy rights for former employees so firms can't get out of their obligations through bankruptcy or sale of the company), then you would find the private sector picking up most of these costs.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  185. Bob, Memphis, TN

    Please give us the etymology on these numbers. It is important for us to know exactly what we are talking about.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  186. georgerecco

    Funny that conservatives are always talking about welfare reform, but they never say a peep about corporate welfare reform. Gee, I wonder why?

    August 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  187. GR Jim

    We are fast-becoming the 2nd-rate socialist welfare-state – as planned – when Obama famously promised to "fundamentally transform America".

    August 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  188. John, Olive Branch, MS

    The Latino Community has been demanding citizenship for all their illegal immigrants. Shouldn't the tons of free welfare, healthcare and school for their children be enough?

    August 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  189. Arlene, Illinois

    My husband and I both in our 70's have never had to use any tpye of welfare, thank God, so its not for us to cast judgement on people who need it. I'm more concerned with our politicians and state workers getting pensions of $ 300,000a year or more. Jack try living on my husbands $ 1200 a month S.S. and my S.S. check of $ 650. and call me back.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  190. Diane

    Sorry Jack, too busy making sure my dancing horses have the macerena down pat for the next olympics and maybe once I have my tax deduction for them, I just may consdier "trickling down" some of the cash flow to the poor. Then agian, Mitt Romey did say the poor are taken care of . So Jack who agian did you say is on welfare?

    August 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  191. WR Jones, NPR, FL

    We elected a man and got a king, we asked for hope and change and got divide and conquer, we ask for a job and we are offered a handout, we ask for the American dream and we're told we didn't build that, we look to be number one again and are reminded we're not exceptional, this country must have new leadership or we will continue to convert it's citizens in to parasites that feed off a dying system. We are headed to a brighter day, or a darker future with more of the same, we decide in November.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  192. Diane from South Carolina

    People are getting welfare today that have never gotten it before. They are unemployed due to no fault of their own. Hardworking American's cannot get jobs. My husband has 34 years experience in his field and has been out of work almost 3 years. He has sent out thousands of resumes' filled out hundreds of applications and has job searched every day of those 3 years and still cannot get a job. Being 56 years old noone wants to hire him. The government needs to make our social security available to those over 50. We paid for that it is ours it came out of every single paycheck and now that we need it they need to change the retirement age for a period of 2 years to give this economy time to recover and give American's a chance!!!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  193. Chuck Barker

    We're not headed anywhere, Jack.....we'e already there. In the dumper.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm |