- Entitlement transfers — government payments of cash, goods and services to citizens — have been growing twice as fast as overall personal income.
- The burden of entitlement spending now amounts to over $7,400 per American man, woman and child.
- Entitlement programs account for nearly two-thirds of federal spending.
- Nearly half (49%) of Americans today live in homes receiving one or more government transfer benefits.
- The share of 30-somethings neither working nor looking for work appears to be higher in America than in practically any Western European economy.
- More than 12.4 million working-age Americans obtained disability income support from all government programs in 2011. That’s more than the total number of employees in the manufacturing sector of the economy.
See entire article on entitlement transfers by Nicholas Eberstadt.