49.2% Of Americans Receive Government Benefits

Is it any wonder that the federal government spent more than $3.5 trillion on welfare in the past five years considering that 49.2% of Americans receive government benefits?

In the fourth quarter of 2011, 49.2 percent of Americans received benefits from one or more government programs, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

In total, the Census Bureau estimated, 151,014,000 Americans out of a population then estimated to be 306,804,000 received benefits from one or more government programs during the last three months of 2011. Those 151,014,000 beneficiaries equaled 49.2 percent of the population. (Read More)

Maybe Mitt Romney wasn’t so far off base with his 47% comment.