Today, the number of American adults that can’t take care of themselves is at an all-time record high. So what are we going to do if the number of people dependent on the government keeps going up? Some folks like to point out that most Americans that have recently become dependent on the government would rather be working, but because of a lack of jobs they have gotten into a position where they cannot take care of themselves anymore. Some other folks like to point out that the number of Americans that abuse the system and that enjoy being dependent on the government is steadily increasing. Sadly, both of those positions are true. It is a fact that the percentage of working age Americans that actually have jobs has declined dramatically over the past several years because of a lack of jobs. It is also a fact that a growing percentage of Americans believe that it is the job of the government to take care of them from the cradle to the grave. What people need to understand is that the government is the problemand not the solution. We desperately need more jobs in this country, but the federal government has been absolutely killing job growth, it has been creating a culture of government dependency, and it has been going into gigantic amounts of debt trying to take care of so many people. So what are we going to do if the number of American adults that can’t take care of themselves continues to set new records year after year?
Of course most Americans that are dependent on the government are not actually trying to abuse the system. Most are in that situation because they cannot find a decent job.
As you can see from the chart below, in the post-World War II era whenever a recession has ended the percentage of working age Americans that have jobs has rebounded substantially. But this has not happened this time….
The employment-population ratio fell to levels not seen since the early 1980s and has stayed there.
During the 70s, 80s and 90s the employment-population ratio kept increasing because a lot of women were entering the workforce.
But now our economy is not producing nearly enough jobs for everyone. Our economy is dying and the labor market has come to resemble a really bizarre game of musical chairs.
If you lose your job in this economy, you might be out of the game for good.
If you can believe it, today there are 100 million working age Americans that do not have jobs.
In all, there are 242 million working age Americans.
Only 142 million of them actually have jobs.
The rest are either taken care of by someone else in their family or by the government.
Since the year 2000, the U.S. population has increased by over 30 million.
But the number of Americans that have jobs has only risen by 4.7 million.
Something doesn’t add up.
The federal government keeps telling us that the employment situation is getting better, but the only way they can do that is by pretending that millions of Americans are “leaving the labor force”.
Between 2000 and 2011, the federal government says that the number of Americans “not in the labor force” rose by 17.9 million.
But during the entire decade of the 1980s the number of Americans “not in the labor force” rose by only 1.7 million.
Yes, there is something really fishy going on with the employment numbers.
And the percentage of the “working poor” in America has been steadily rising as well.
Millions upon millions of Americans that actually do have jobs are still not able to take care of themselves and are dependent on the government.