Empire of the Entitled
Democrats win elections because they have the numbers — truly frightening numbers. For example, to keep the official unemployment rate at only twice what it was under W, nonworkers are encouraged to go on disability:
The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,978,040 in May, up from 10,962,532 million in April, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.
The 10,978,040 disability beneficiaries in the United States now exceed the population of all but seven states. For example, there are more Americans collecting disability today than there are people living in Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey or Virginia.
In 1968, there were 51 full-time workers for everyone on disability. Now there are only 13.
Medicair offers even scarier numbers:
A record 72,600,000 were enrolled in Medicaid for at least one month in fiscal 2012, up from 71,700,000 in fiscal 2011, according to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), which provides an annual report to Congress on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The 72,600,000 enrolled in Medicaid in the United States in 2012 was more than the 65,630,692 people who lived in France last year, according to data published by the Census Bureau, or the 63,047,162 people who lived in the United Kingdom.
If you are wondering who is going to pay for the free health care for all these tens of millions when so many go on disability rather than work, rest assured that jobs are finally being created in the Obama economy:
The budget cuts known as sequestration were supposed to wreak havoc, forcing the shrinking of critical workforces including airport security officers and food inspectors.
But since sequestration kicked in March 4, the government has posted openings for 4,300 federal job titles to hire some 10,300 people.
The median position has a salary topping out at $76,000, and one-fourth of positions pay $113,000 or more, according to an analysis by The Washington Times of federal job listings.
Altogether, the jobs will pay up to $792 million per year. Including job postings that have been open since before sequestration, the government is in the market for 27,000 employees who will make up to $1.8 billion a year.
All the government needs to do is tax enough from all these new government employees to pay their salaries, as well as the disability and Medicaid expenses, and the country is back in business.
Don’t count on the private sector; it is staggering under the weight of taxation and regulation, and unlike Big Government, can only hire when economic circumstances permit.
On tips from G. Fox, The Only Other Conservative in Seattle, and Wiggins. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.
Well, this should turn out well. : Apparently, the Obamacare website is asking for your credit card and ATM pin numbers.
-By Warner Todd Huston Obama must not have been paying too much attention to what his folks at NATO have
I blogged earlier this week about the fact that San Francisco, which is broke, was trying to find $137 million