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Majority of Kids Under 18 Live in Welfare Homes.

CNS reported August 22 that, according to the Census Bureau's latest data on poverty and government assistance, "Americans under 18 years of age [are] growing up in a country where the majority of their peers live in households that take 'means-tested assistance' from the government."

In 2016, CNS noted, the population of Americans under 18 was about 73.6 million. Some 38.4 million of them, or 52.1 percent, lived in homes in which someone received welfare: i.e., "benefits from a means-tested program."

Continued CNS, "These included the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), Medicaid, public housing, Supplemental Security Income, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the National School Lunch Program."

And of the total population, 319.9 million Americans, 114.8 million, or about 36 percent, lived in a home in which someone collected welfare.

But even worse is this: If you're under 18, you're probably living in a home that collects some form of taxpayer-financed largesse. "When examined by age bracket, persons under 18 were the most likely to live in a household receiving means-tested government assistance (52.1 percent), while those 75 and older were least likely (18.8 percent)."

Stable families are less likely to live on the dole: "The Census Bureau data indicate that people living in intact families are less likely to be on government assistance than people living in broken families. Nonetheless, the government-dependency rate is still high for intact families that have children under 18."

A broken home usually meant the family was on welfare, CNS reported. Of the kids under 18 where "a male householder was living without a spouse," almost 65 percent were in households that received welfare. The figure was 78 percent where the mother was in charge. And for kids under age six in that latter situation, almost 82 percent were in a home getting assistance.

Stable families and a strong culture will mean fewer Americans on welfare.

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Title Annotation:Inside Track
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 17, 2018
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