- An index of dependency developed by the Heritage Foundation found that the metric increased from 19 in fiscal year 1962 to 272 in fiscal year 2009.
- The Heritage researchers found that in 1962, 21.7 million persons depended on the government-run programs included in their index, yet this same figure for 2009 had grown to 64.3 million.
- Adding dependents not included in the Heritage study might easily increase the number to more than 100 million people, or to more than a third of the entire population.
- And some people think that the USA does not have a welfare state!
- The growth of school choice in the USA
- Nearly six million working age people claim benefits
- How the welfare state taxes the poor
- “Even as 4 million jobs were created over 63 quarters of consecutive growth, millions of people in Britain remained detached from the labour market”