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Government Benefits Can Replace an $18 Per Hour Job

By    |   Wednesday, 08 Aug 2012 07:38 AM

Disability and food stamps have enjoyed large jumps in popularity in recent years. More than 8.7 million Americans are now on disability and about 46 million receive food stamps. Undoubtedly, some enjoy the benefits of both programs.

While disability and food stamps are two of the most highly visible government assistance programs, there are many more programs that provide benefits. The federal government maintains an official website at benefits.gov to help confused citizens determine if they are eligible for benefits under one or more of the 1,000 different federally funded benefit and assistance programs.

It is commonly assumed that the amounts paid to individuals under these programs are small and, in fact, they are. For example, disability payments average about $1,100 per month. Those receiving disability are often paid an extra $300 a month for each additional member of their household. A married disability recipient with two children could receive about $2,000 a month, tax-free.

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Benefits are also available to help with housing costs, utilities, cell phone services, healthcare and other everyday needs. When all available benefit payments are added together, a family of four could receive more than $3,000 a month, which is equivalent to the taxable pay of someone working for about $18 an hour.

Government assistance was intended to be a safety net, but has become the source of a comfortable lifestyle for some. With so many comfortably out of the work force, economic growth will be slower than it could be. Slow growth makes it difficult for others to find jobs, and that may entice others to apply for disability or accept other benefit payments.

Excessive government benefits are creating a system that must eventually collapse unless taxes rise to unacceptably high levels on the few remaining workers in the country.

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