Last week I got a little fascinated by the census bureau data…..and this weekend I was sent an article from the Wall Street Journal regarding yet another set of Census Bureau Data that was getting passed around.
- Dept of Veteran’s Affairs – Compensation, Pension, Education Assistance
- Social Security
- Workman’s Comp
- Food Stamps
- Free/Reduced-Price School Lunch and Breakfast Program
- Housing Assistance
- Federal and State Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Additionally, it would be important to note that only one member of the household needed to receive this in order to be counted. That struck me because my parents and my grandmother all live in the same house, which means both of my dear hard working parents are lumped in to that 49.1% number.
Whatever your feeling about government benefits, it’s important to know exactly which ones are being counted in any list. I’d imagine that many people who might dislike Medicaid might not care to eliminate Veteran’s Benefits, and those who don’t like TANF may very well support workman’s comp. Just something to be aware of, especially in an election year.
*To note: the latest data I could find was from 2008. I really hate that the WSJ doesn’t link to where the heck it got it’s numbers. I couldn’t find the stuff they put up anywhere on the census bureau website. I’m not doubting them, I just wonder if it would have killed them to include a link????