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101 Million: Food Aid Recipients Now Outnumber Private Sector Workers

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What’s the Democrats’ secret to success? Astoundingly novel ideas, “hope and change,” transparency, ethical behavior, job creation, or effective foreign policy?

Ahhhhh… wrong on all counts! It’s because they give away money that doesn’t belong to them using government coercion.

Gander at this wreckage of an economy, which comes via CNS News:

The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012.

That means the number of Americans receiving food assistance has surpassed the number of private sector workers in the U.S..

Of course, the more people on welfare, the better the government, right? But as Ronald Reagan said best: “We should measure welfare’s success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added.”

Until we get rid of the notion that people are entitled to no-strings-attached welfare, this nation will continue to be trapped in economic stagnation. Let’s take a look at some recent figures:

  • “Since January 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated as president, the United States has seen 54 straight months with the unemployment rate at 7.5 percent or higher, which is the longest stretch of unemployment at or above that rate since 1948″… [CNS News, July 5th. 2013]
  • “Of the 11.8 million jobless Americans in June, 4.3 million had been out of work six months or longer. There were 1 million fewer long-term jobless than last year, but their ranks remain way above the previous high-water mark of 2.8 million in 1983.” [Huffington Post, July 5th, 2013]
  • “[T]he number of people not in the labor force which in March soared by a massive 663,000 to a record 90 million Americans who are no longer even looking for work… And even worse, the labor force participation rate plunged from an already abysmal 63.5% to 63.3% – the lowest since 1979! [ZeroHedge, April 2013]
  • “The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,962,532 million in April, which exceeds the 10,815,197 people who live in the nation of Greece.” [CNS News, May 2013]
  • “As the president began the first year of his second term, the U.S. poverty rate rose to a level not seen since the 1960s… The Census Bureau says that 50 million Americans, roughly one in six — almost 17% — are living below the poverty line… apparently 20% of the nation’s children are living in poverty.” [IBD, April 2013]

That’s “compassionate” policy for you nowadays: not creating jobs or growing a prosperous middle class, but “spreading the wealth around.” Since 51% of the nation isn’t paying federal income taxes, and 49.1% of households are receiving some form of welfare, it’s safe to say that one half of the nation is literally looting the other half through government.

Muppets Denounce Occupy Sesame Street

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Ahead of the Democrat-organized million Muppet march, dissident voices in the puppet collective are speaking out against what they call shameless abuse as “props” of the Obama campaign. Prominent members of the state-enforced Muppet union staged a press conference in which the fuzzy creatures blasted the mainstream media for what they referred to as ‘gross manipulation.’

“We have a lot of diversity in the Muppet camp,” said Kermit the Frog. “But it ain’t easy being green, especially when it looks like global warming stopped 16 years ago.”

“Yes, Kermy,” Miss Piggy weighed in. “I happen to believe the War on Women was a fictional narrative invented by Democrats to cynically target the female audience.”

“Wait, does that mean you endorse Mitt Romney?” asked a breathless Cokey Roberts.

“The only mitt I endorse is the one up my tookus,” Kermit the Frog snapped back.

Baffled journalists looked at each other, not quite getting Kermit’s point.

“Me tired of being called one-percenter for eating all the cookies, nom nom nom,” added Cookie Monster as he crunched a giant chocolate chip cookie. “Muppets disagree with Occupy Sesame Street deadbeats. There is no puppet hierarchy here. Munch munch.”

“But what about Mitt Romney hates cookies?” shouted a reporter from the back of the room.

“Me like cookies, you like stupid questions,” grunted Cookie Monster. “This press conference brought to you by the letter F, nom nom nom.”

“Yeah, and another thing,” grumbled Oscar the Grouch. “Just because I live in a trashcan doesn’t mean I support your wasteful welfare programs. I happen to like trash. And no, I don’t recycle.”

The members of the press corps looked uncomfortable being lectured by three-foot tall furry puppets and were unsure how to respond.

“Rowlf, do you have any comments about the plight of Seamus?” asked a reported desperate for a scoop.

“Are you kidding me, that dog had his day,” Rowlf retorted. “That mutt lived the good life on million-dollar milkbones. I’d be more afraid for Bo ending up as a doggy treat.”

Disappointed reporters started streaming out of the room, unsure how to spin what was seen as an opportunity for promoting Muppet rights.

“And one last thing,” added a towering Big Bird. “If you want to see a real puppet in action, look no further than the Oval Office. Valerie Jarrett, George Soros, Andy Stern, that’s who pulls the strings in this administration.”

“Does that make Big Bird a birther?” snorted Martha Radditz.

“It makes you all dummies of the Democrat Party,” the top Muppet shot back. “Time for you guys to cut the strings and start reporting the news, instead of wasting time obsessing about the land of make-believe.”