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Sev
02-08-2012, 05:28 PM
Good thing Obama is getting all that on the job training.
It seems to be working real well.

<span style='font-size: 20pt'>Dependency Index Shoots Up 23% Under President Obama</span>

By JOHN MERLINE, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
http://news.investors.com/Article/600452...ident-obama.htm (http://news.investors.com/Article/600452/201202080802/government-dependence-jumps-under-president-obama.htm)

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The American public's dependence on the federal government shot up 23% in just two years under President Obama, with 67 million now relying on some federal program, according to a newly released study by the Heritage Foundation.

The conservative think tank's annual Index of Dependence on Government tracks money spent on housing, health, welfare, education subsidies and other federal programs that were "traditionally provided to needy people by local organizations and families."

The increase under Obama is the biggest two-year jump since Jimmy Carter was president, the data show.

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

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

Dependence on the government has climbed steadily since 1962, when the index stood at 19. By 1980, the index had risen to 100. It stood at 294 in 2010, the last year for which the data are available. The D.C.-based Heritage Foundation has produced the index for nine years.

The report also found that spending on "dependence programs" accounts for more than 70% of the federal budget. That, too, is up dramatically. In 1990, for example, the figure stood at 48.5%, and in 1962 just over a quarter of federal spending went to dependence programs.

At the same time, fewer Americans pay income taxes, the report notes. Almost half (49.5%) didn't pay income taxes in 2009, the latest year for which the researchers have data. Back in the late 1960s, only 12% of Americans escaped the income tax burden.

Other findings:

The number of people dependent on the federal government shot up 7.5% over the past two years.

In 2010, for the first time ever, average spending on dependence programs per recipient exceeded the country's per-capita disposable income.

The dependency index has dipped only seven times in the past 49 years, three of which were under President Reagan and two under President Clinton.

Some observers say the rise in dependence under Obama is merely a reflection of the deep and long recession.

But Beach says his team's research shows that economic effects account for only one-fifth of the change in the index.

LWW
02-09-2012, 05:11 AM
What's that I hear?

Crickets?

Sev
02-09-2012, 07:28 AM
Sofla and Q are scowering the net I am sure.

Soflasnapper
02-09-2012, 12:27 PM
From 6 pm to 6 am, it is dark, and that's when you hear crickets, yes. Good call!

Soflasnapper
02-09-2012, 12:36 PM
<span style='font-size: 14pt'>The number of people dependent on the federal government shot up 7.5% over the past two years.</span>

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>Shot up! </span>

But wait, up 7.5% over two years is 3.75% a year, hardly shooting up considering the crappy economy and continuing high unemployment.

But wait again!

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>The Dependency Index (tm) Shoots up 23% under President Obama!</span>

There, that's scarier sounding.

But if the number of people allegedly dependent is only up 7.5%, how could the INDEX be up 23%?

Fascinating question. Also fascinating is why they buried the number of extra people who are newly dependent in the last two years, to avoid mentioning this discrepancy, way, way down in their report. Sorta burying the lede, as it were.

Clearly, we can draw but one conclusion: their 'INDEX' is tendentiously whacked.

cushioncrawler
02-09-2012, 03:23 PM
Any corporations dependant, or getting help???
mac.
Americadagrateizgoindowninate.

Sev
02-13-2012, 09:00 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">From 6 pm to 6 am, it is dark, and that's when you hear crickets, yes. Good call! </div></div>

Crickets chirp all the time. More so during the night true. However there is also an abundance of chirping during the daylight hours as well.

LWW
02-13-2012, 01:52 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Sev</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Soflasnapper</div><div class="ubbcode-body">From 6 pm to 6 am, it is dark, and that's when you hear crickets, yes. Good call! </div></div>

Crickets chirp all the time. More so during the night true. However there is also an abundance of chirping during the daylight hours as well. </div></div>

You must remember the mottos of their omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent state:

<span style='font-size: 26pt'>WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

UNEMPLOYMENT CREATES JOBS

COAL BURNING CARS CLEAN THE AIR</span>