Thanks to how Barack Obama bloated the welfare state during his disastrous eight years in office, 2017 gave us the “welfare generation” as over half of America’s children lived in homes where at least one adult was getting government assistance.
The numbers come from the Census Bureau that tallied the numbers for children 18 years and younger.
According to CNSNews:
51.7 percent lived in households in which one or more persons received benefits from a means-tested government program.
While the numbers were down a tad from 2016 (when 52.1 were on welfare), CNSNews also noted that these statistics were before the soaring Trump economy began to kick in.
But the 2017 numbers are apiece of the terrible numbers during the Obama years:
But in each of the last five years on record (2013 through 2017), according to the Census Bureau, at least 51 percent of Americans under 18 have lived in households receiving means-tested government assistance.
According to the report, “In 2017, the Census Bureau estimates that there were approximately 322,549,000 people living in the United States. Of these, 114,637,000—or 35.5 percent—lived in a household that received means-tested government assistance.”
This compares to 2016:
In 2016, according to the Census estimate, there were 73,586,000 people under 18 in the United States (compared to 73,356,000 in 2017) and 38,365,000 (compared to 37,908,000 in 2017) were living in households receiving means-tested government assistance.
The percentage of persons under 18 living in households receiving means-tested government assistance also varied by the type of household the person was living in, according to the Census data.
But it was above 40 percent even in married-couple families.
In this nation of plenty, Obama enlarged the welfare roles instead of the job rolls.
It will be very interesting to see the 2018 numbers after the Trump administration has had time to make a dent in the numbers.
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