Bob Beauprez

The following graph demonstrates the dramatic growth of dependency on federal government benefits.  Given the rapid increase in the established trend, any day now at least one person in more than half of all households in America will be receiving some type of government assistance.   The current federal debt of $15.3 trillion is greater than the entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and is increasing by more than $1 trillion annually.  



 
Congress has been warned repeatedly that this pattern of deficit spending is “unsustainable,” but, despite a lot of rhetoric, serious reform continues to elude both parties.  With an ever increasing percentage of the population dependent on government programs for sustenance, and nearly half of all Americans already paying none of the federal income tax burden or actually getting a check from the government, is it any wonder why a political solution continues to escape our elected leaders? 
 
 
From Investor's Business Daily, January 27, 2012

By our selfish nature, people are usually willing to see someone else's sacred cow put on a diet, but rarely their own. 

Entitlements and other government social programs now have such large dependent constituencies that even a hint of changing benefits for future recipients creates an avalanche of criticism; remember the outrage for Paul Ryan’s plan to reform Social Security, not for current recipients but those a generation from now? 


Bob Beauprez

Bob Beauprez is a former Member of Congress and is currently the editor-in-chief of A Line of Sight, an online policy resource. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Beauprez was a dairy farmer and community banker. He and his wife Claudia reside in Lafayette, Colorado. You may contact him at: http://bobbeauprez.com/contact/
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