Nearly half the American population lives in a household that receives a payment from the federal government. That’s the latest alarming news from the Wall Street Journal’s Sara Murray (photo), who tracks the federal subsidy programs for the newspaper. According to Murray, the number has steadily increased the last few years, and to some degree coincides with another datum: About half of Americans pay zero income tax. Murray obtained the data from the Census Bureau.
In the first quarter of 2010, Murray reported last week, 48.5 percent of the population lived in a household that collects taxpayer largesse. That number increased from 44.4 percent in 2008.
Reported Murray, “Means-tested programs, designed to help the needy, accounted for the largest share of recipients last year.” As well:
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