Who benefits from federal benefits?
It’s the elderly, the disabled and the working poor, not deadbeats
The Republican presidential candidates would have us believe that our “entitlement society” has created a nation of deadbeats who could be working but live off government benefits instead. But, according to a study by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, most of the federal safety-net dollars go to the elderly, disabled or working poor driven by an aging population and the rising cost of medical care. Overall, only about 9 percent of government benefits go to able-bodied people who either can’t or won’t find a job. And most of that 9 percent goes for medical care, unemployment insurance benefits, Social Security survivor benefits, and to Social Security retirees between ages 62 and 64.