Half of U.S. Lives in Households Getting Benefits49.1%: Percent of the population that lives in a household where at least one member received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2011...
The 49.1% of the population in a household that gets benefits is up from 30% in the early 1980s and 44.4% as recently as the third quarter of 2008.
...The more people who receive benefits, the harder it’s going to be to make cuts, and it’s never popular to raise taxes. In some respects that argues for letting a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that is set to automatically hit in 2013 take effect. There’s just one problem: the Congressional Budget Office says it would sink the economy into recession.
Well, I've got a news flash for these clowns. We have to cut spending sometime soon, because otherwise the entire system will collapse.
Did you ever see the movie Road Warrior? I only ask because that's what a complete economic collapse will look like, except without the cool cars.