This is not sustainable. When more people receive means tested government benefits (not Social Security, veterans benefits) than there are people working full-time jobs, there is a problem.
I wonder why it’s so hard to cut anything in government?
(From CNS News)
There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011. That included both private-sector and government workers.
That means there were about 1.07 people getting some form of means-tested government benefit for every 1 person working full-time year round.