25 Stats That Prove That The American Dream Is Being Systematically Destroyed

The 25 statistics that you are about to read are solid proof that the middle class in America is being systematically wiped out. Once upon a time, the United States had the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world. It seemed like almost everyone owned a home, had a couple of nice vehicles and could provide a very comfortable lifestyle for their families. Sadly, that has all changed. In America today, prices are rising at a very brisk pace but incomes are not. There aren’t nearly enough jobs for everyone anymore, and most of the jobs that are being “created” are jobs that pay very little. The largest employer in America is Wal-Mart, and the second largest employer is actually a temp agency (Kelly Services). The-Middle-Class-Is-Being-Systematically-Wiped-Out-Of-Existence-In-AmericaIn a desperate attempt to make ends meet, millions of American families endlessly pile up more debt, and millions of other American families find themselves forced to turn to the government for help. At this point, more than 49 percent of all Americans receive benefits from the federal government each month. The percentage of Americans that cannot financially take care of themselves is rising every single year, and our independence is being whittled away as we become increasingly dependent on the government. Unfortunately, our politicians continue to stand aside and do nothing as our jobs are shipped overseas, inflation steals our purchasing power and the middle class continues to shrink. The following are 25 stats that prove that the American Dream is being systematically destroyed…

1. According to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, 49.2 percent of all Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program.

2. The U.S. government has spent an astounding 3.7 trillion dollars on welfare programs over the past five years.

3. An increasing number of employers are encouraging their low wage employees to supplement their wages by going on government welfare programs. For example, McDonald’s workers that need help making ends meet are being instructed to go on food stamps

McDonald’s workers who are unable to pay their bills or stay above the poverty line should find help from food pantries or enlist in government benefit programs instead of seeking higher wages, according to a company resource line meant to help employees.

Nancy Salgado has worked for the fast-food corporation for over 10 years yet still earns $8.25 an hour, barely more than the $7.25 federal minimum wage. With help from the worker’s rights group Low Pay Is Not Ok, she phoned the company’s employee hotline, known as McResource, attempting to find some answers on how to improve her situation.

A recording of the call was made available to CNN, which reported that Salgado asked the helpline operator multiple questions regarding how McDonalds would help her pay her heating bill, buy groceries, and whether she could afford to help pay for her sister’s medical treatment.

Despite never asking how much money Salgado earned per hour or asking how many hours a week she worked, the McDonalds representative said she “definitely should be able to qualify for both food stamps and heating assistance.”

4. Total consumer credit has risen by a whopping 22 percent over the past three years.

5. Student loans are up by an astounding 61 percent over the past three years.

6. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, median household income in the United States has fallen for five years in a row.

7. Right now the middle class is taking home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before.

8. Ordinary Americans are being priced out of the housing market. Today, nearly half of all home purchases are all-cash deals.

9. The homeownership rate in the United States is now at the lowest level it has been in nearly 18 years.

10. The gap between the rich and the poor in the United States is at an all-time record high.

11. U.S. families that have a head of household that is under the age of 30 have a poverty rate of 37 percent.

12. Every single day, thousands of Americans are receiving letters in the mail informing them that their old health insurance policies have been canceled. According to a recent Kaiser Health News article, some companies have already sent out hundreds of thousands of cancellation notices…

Florida Blue, for example, is terminating about 300,000 policies, about 80 percent of its individual policies in the state. Kaiser Permanente in California has sent notices to 160,000 people – about half of its individual business in the state. Insurer Highmark in Pittsburgh is dropping about 20 percent of its individual market customers, while Independence Blue Cross, the major insurer in Philadelphia, is dropping about 45 percent.

13. Those that are losing their current health insurance policies will have to replace them with new policies that are often much more expensive. According to health policy expert Bob Laszewski, 16 million people could ultimately have their health insurance policies canceled because of Obamacare…

The U.S. individual health insurance market currently totals about 19 million people. Because the Obama administration’s regulations on grandfathering existing plans were so stringent about 85% of those, 16 million, are not grandfathered and must comply with Obamacare at their next renewal. The rules are very complex. For example, if you had an individual plan in March of 2010 when the law was passed and you only increased the deductible from $1,000 to $1,500 in the years since, your plan has lost its grandfather status and it will no longer be available to you when it would have renewed in 2014.

These 16 million people are now receiving letters from their carriers saying they are losing their current coverage and must re-enroll in order to avoid a break in coverage and comply with the new health law’s benefit mandates––the vast majority by January 1. Most of these will be seeing some pretty big rate increases.

14. Back in 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance. Today, only 54.9 percent of all Americans are covered by employment-based health insurance.

15. More Americans than ever find themselves forced to turn to the government for help with health care. At this point, 82.4 million Americans live in a home where at least one person is enrolled in the Medicaid program.

16. The U.S. labor force participation rate is at a 35 year low.

17. Only 47 percent of all adults in America have a full-time job at this point.

18. It is hard to believe, but in America today one out of every ten jobs is now filled by a temp agency.

19. Approximately one out of every four part-time workers in America is living below the poverty line.

20. After accounting for inflation, right now 40 percent of all U.S. workers are making less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968.

21. Today, the United States actually has a higher percentage of workers doing low wage work than any other major industrialized nation does.

22. At this point, almost half of all public school students in America come from low income homes.

23. The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.

24. Right now, one out of every five households in the United States is on food stamps.

25. An increasing number of Americans do not even believe that they have a pleasant retirement to look forward to. One recent survey found that the percentage of middle class Americans that “plan to work until they die” is now higher than ever.

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  • celticreeler

    Patriots, please put the Congressional Hunger Center on your radar.


    Through the domestic "Emerson Hunger Fellowships," people have been getting signed up for SNAP (food stamps.) These fellowships are named after the late Missouri Congressman Bill Emerson; the international fellowships carry the name of the late Congressman Mickey Leland. This entity has received earmark money.

    Can someone please explain why federal dollars go to fund the CHC, which hires 20-somethings to run around getting more people to sign up for even more federal dollars through SNAP?

  • Petemer

    What dismal numbers, they are the direct result of both legal and illegal immigration. Between the years of 1890 and 1950 we allowed only 24 million immigrants during that time we won two world wars and built the greatest economy ever, where all prospered and the middle class was created and flourished. In the mid sixties we raised the number of legal immigrants to over a million and granted seven amnesties beginning with Reagan's blanket amnesty of 1986. This has caused our labor market to be flooded with foreign workers driving down wages, the first quarter BLS report stated that non farm wages fell by 3.8% the most in recorded history, it also allows businesses to hire only part time workers with no benefits. We now have over 20 million unemployed, 50 million on food stamps and countless millions more seeing their hours and wages fall. Using the methodology of 1980 Fox news showed that unemployment was over 20% and inflation near 10%.The passing of S 744 pushed by the LIAR Rubio will be the final nail in the coffin.
    Yes the American Dream is being destroyed by politicians who favor campaign money over representing those that elected them. When I started out I worked two jobs in order to save money and buy a house and begin to enjoy the Dream, today we have to work two or three jobs just to survive.
    The middle class is very rapidly disappearing along with any hope for us to enjoy the American Dream in the country we built. We are being turned into part time working third world wage earners.

  • l.berty

    well America, WE let this happen to US.there is no one else to blame.

  • Jude O'Connor

    The federal government has their own entitlement programs too, in fact there are over 1300 of them and you can see the listing by googling (list of federal agencies); they are in alphabetical order and stuffed with the friends and families of politicians. The Dept. of Energy, (DOE) is one, put together by President Carter over thirty years ago to get us off foreign oil, has a budget this year of $23.3 billion, has 16,000 employees and has failed for over thirty years to do their job.

  • Don_in_Odessa

    We need a list to prove it? At least half of us are living it!

    • Jude O'Connor

      Ask The Congress why they need over 25,000 appointed staff? The have different names for them but they are still appointed staff. Google (number of staff for congress) it'll shock you into reality.

    • Don_in_Odessa

      Excuse my own ignorance please. But how in the world did you get from what I wrote that I was not already aware of the reality? Sheesh!!!

  • Ken Bowman

    FACTS simply matter not to the low information crowd. Only 30 second sound bites and bumper sticker slogans are able to get them to pay attention long enough to convince them of whatever LIE.

  • londontubes

    As to Number 17, I think that the real statistic should be the percentage of households which have a "full time employed" person in the household. I have no idea what that number would be, more or less than 47%. Part of the problem to day is that in too many households there ARE two full time employed people. Mothers working full time instead if being home with their children. 47% is probably a good number to shoot for.

  • Charles Martel

    to think they are even considering amnesty is mind boggling

    • celticreeler

      Ahhh, Charles Martel, aka Charles "The Hammer", King of the Franks, grandson of Pepin of Heristal, grandfather of the great Charlemagne, responsible for the defeat and arrest of the invading Moslems at the Battle of Tours in 732!

  • CharlieSeattle

    Next time, vote for Patriots!

    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for President!
    Jesse Ventura for Vice President!
    Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio for Director of Homeland Security!

    • celticreeler

      Get rid of DHS.

  • Smokey

    This being an excellent article, stating what is wrong (which most informed Americans know), I would love to see a follow-up on how to fix it.

    • celticreeler

      Repeal the 16th Amendment (the income tax.)

      Audit, and end, the "Federal" "Reserve" Bank, which is neither federal nor reserve. Give the people sound money again with which to conduct commerce.

      End the fractional reserve banking system, which allows banks to retain as little as 3% of their deposits, loaning out the rest (while savers get something like 0.01% interest)--this creates money from nothing, and is responsible for about 95% of the increase in money supply. Increase in the money supply inflates the currency--it diminishes its purchasing power. The "Fed" is guilty, also.

      I use the word "guilt" because it is a crime to rob people of their purchasing power.

      While we're at it, repeal the 17th Amendment, and return the state (legislatures) their sovereignty, in electing the members of the upper national house. No more popular election of senators.

  • http://politicalwire.com/ mikemiller56

    Kill the Unions, kill the middle class.

    • Slav2012

      Not necessarily....if that were the case then explain why Right-To-Work states are doing far better than states where one is forced to join a union to hold a decent job. Major citiesvin Texas have a higher standard of living at a lower cost of living
      Than just about anywhere else in Lower 48.

    • Lynn Graham

      why then, did all the manufacturing jobs go overseas????? how did the unions kill off the auto industry????? and no, the money borrowed to GM and chrysler was not paid back......if anyone killed the middle class.....IT WAS THE UNIONS....

    • DontTreadOnMe11

      At one time unions served a purpose. They have somewhat outlived that purpose. The unions now protect the slug, thieving, drunk, or drug using employees. I was a union member (closed shop) for nearly 40 years and didn't need their protection once. I was forced to pay dues to protect fellow workers that should have been fired.