CNS News reports that the majority of Americans under 18 years of age, 52.1% to be exact, live in households that take “means-tested assistance” from the government. According to the most current data from the Census Bureau, there were 73,586,000 people under the age of 18 residing in the United States, and 38,365,000 of them lived in households in which one or more persons received benefits from a means-tested government program.
That would help explain why so many Millennials purport to be fans of socialism. Said programs included the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”- food stamps), Medicaid, public housing, Supplemental Security Income, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and children, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the National School Lunch Program. Even when the school lunch program is excluded from the calculations, the percentage of those under 18 living in a household still suckling on the government’s teat(s) is higher than in any other age group. People 75 and older were least likely to receive assistance, with only 18.8 percent accepting other’s largess. Not surprising. They survived the Great Depression, fought—and won-- World War II, and returned home to contribute to a time of peace and prosperity. They believed in “pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps,” a phrase that would be roundly mocked today.
Just 20 years ago, “only” 36.9 percent of Americans under 18 lived in households receiving means-tested assistance. In 2008, that figure broke 40% for the first time. In 2013, it surpassed 50 percent, thanks to Obama administration policies.
Obviously, people living in intact families are much less likely than those in broken or non-traditional families to rely on governmental assistance, yet even 29.4% of households headed by married couples in 2016 received means-tested government assistance.
An astounding 81.8 percent of children under 6 years old living with a single mom were in households on means-tested assistance. The federal government so detests fathers and their tendency to instill notions of independence and responsibility in their children, thereby challenging its indispensability and supremacy, that it actually makes it more lucrative and less punitive for women to have kids without a man hanging around.
America has changed rapidly in the past few decades. It will change ever-more rapidly in the coming years, as leftists import a new voting bloc at the expense of the “deplorables” in fly-over country that continue to cling to “their guns and religion.”
The insane march towards socialism will continue unabated. And it will end the way it has always ended. With the equal sharing of misery.
And the unequal application of tyranny.