Government Intervention

Ninety-Six Percent Have Received Benefits

It's hard to avoid the government's teat

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Last week, we examined Mitt Romney's contention that 47 percent of the country was "dependent on government." A look at Census data suggests that, yes, about 49 percent of Americans lived in a household last year that received at least one direct benefit from the federal government, be it Social Security or food stamps or unemployment insurance.