U.S. Government Welfare Programs Run $742 Billion A Year

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CNBC is reporting America’s “social safety net” programs the federal government provides i.e. welfare

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Census Bureau: 109 Million on Welfare

The Census Bureau released their fourth quarter 2012 results and found 35.4% of all Americans to be receiving welfare. Here is more from a lengthy CNSNews Report.

109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare

The number jumps when other programs are added in:

When those receiving benefits from non-means-tested federal programs — such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and veterans benefits — were added to those taking welfare benefits, it turned out that 153,323,000 people were getting federal benefits of some type at the end of 2012.

Here is a breakdown of what welfare program is received by Americans and how many on it:

82,679,000 Medicaid
51,471,000 Food stamps
22,526,000 Women, Infants and Children program
20,355,000 Supplemental Security Income
13,267,000 lived in public housing or got housing subsidies
5,442,000 got Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
4,517,000 received other forms of federal cash assistance.