When I say this model is unsustainable..

It is because of facts like the following:

Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000.

That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work — in the private sector — and did it week after week after week.

In 2012, according to the Census Bureau, approximately 103,087,000 people worked full-time, year-round in the United States. “A full-time, year-round worker is a person who worked 35 or more hours per week (full time) and 50 or more weeks during the previous calendar year (year round),” said the Census Bureau. “For school personnel, summer vacation is counted as weeks worked if they are scheduled to return to their job in the fall.”

Of the 103,087,000 full-time, year-round workers, 16,606,000 worked for the government. That included 12,597,000 who worked for state and local government and 4,009,000 who worked for the federal government.

The 86,429,000 Americans who worked full-time, year-round in the private sector, included 77,392,000 employed as wage and salary workers for private-sector enterprises and 9,037,000 who worked for themselves. (There were also approximately 52,000 who worked full-time, year-round without pay in a family enterprise.)

So 86 million private sector workers – the ones that produce the wealth – not only support close to 17 million public sector employees, a baffling ratio of a little over 5 to 1, but also support everyone else. And while it is staggering to me to find out that there is a public sector employee for every 5 Americans working in the private sector, that “everyone else” category is the big number. Let’s break that down a bit.

The Census Bureau also estimates the size of the benefit-receiving population.

This population, too, falls into two broad categories. The first includes those who receive benefits for public services they performed or in exchange for payroll taxes they dutifully paid their entire working lives. Among these, for example, are those receiving veteran’s benefits, those on unemployment and those getting Medicare and Social Security.

The second category includes those who get “means-tested” government benefits — or welfare. These include, for example, those who get Medicaid, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, public housing, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Women, Infants Children.

Nobody begrudges those in the first category their earnings, and that is despite the fact that in its current incarnation systems like Social Security and Medicare are both doomed. They are paying out too much and not taking in enough. The fact that money in the SS fund was spent by previous people in government or that Obamacare will cream Medicare notwithstanding, these systems are agreed upon benefits people paid for. The devil is in the details. It is a discussion we must have, if we want to keep these systems viable and around, but not what I want to focus on. The pain comes from that second category;

In the last quarter of 2011, according to the Census Bureau, approximately 82,457,000 people lived in households where one or more people were on Medicaid. 49,073,000 lived in households were someone got food stamps. 23,228,000 lived in households where one or more got WIC. 20,223,000 lived in households where one or more got SSI. 13,433,000 lived in public or government-subsidized housing.

Of course, it stands to reason that some people lived in households that received more than one welfare benefit at a time. To account for this, the Census Bureau published a neat composite statistic: There were 108,592,000 people in the fourth quarter of 2011 who lived in a household that included people on “one or more means-tested program.”

Those 108,592,000 outnumbered the 86,429,000 full-time private-sector workers who inhabited the United States in 2012 by almost 1.3 to 1.

These numbers tell a story that is dire. No society can continue like this, especially with the trend that the producers are declining while the number of moochers are rising. Even worse is the obvious reason this is happening: that crony government has destroyed the economic landscape of the country because some people are making a killing and winning big at the polls because of this painful shift.

This can’t keep going the way it is, and it will not. Eventually the whole bloated and unfair system will collapse under the weight. Of course, the marxist are counting on that, because they have positioned themselves real well to take over after that happens. The Oligarchs are well protected and entrenched. The people that will suffer will be the productive, whom then will be forced to do even more, and for nothing. What a great system this is huh?

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    A more appropriate ratio should start at around 99:1 and then progress to even a smaller percentage of government employees due to automation and other efficiency improvements.

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  2. hist_ed

    Uhh you realize that there are people on both lists, right? eg: Households with full time workers who also have people on SSI.

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  3. AlexInCT *

    Uhh you realize that there are people on both lists, right? eg: Households with full time workers who also have people on SSI.

    I do, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that as a simple function of numbers there are more takers than makers, hist_ed. That you have some people working and some mooching, whatever the dynamic that allows that to exist may be, you can even argue that in a house with one or more full time workers in your scenario, the takers are just getting back what the others are making. The thing is that, to me, that’s a specious argument. And distinguish between those that are collecting what they paid into like Social Security or Medicare and are entitled to be collecting that, and those that are just sucking at the government’s teat.

    The fact of the matter is that the people we have in charge right now are obsessively focused on how to split the ever shrinking pie (social jutice!), which is shrinking because of what they are doing I want to stress, instead of making sure there is so much pie that we don’t really need to worry about that split so much. The fact that they are keeping the lions share of the pie while spreading out crumbs to people that can’t eat otherwise, to buy votes of all things, is also grating. This system is unsustainable as it exists.

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