Astounding If True

Disclaimer: I have not verified these numbers or sources.  You be the judge of whether or not they sound credible, given what you know of the economy and of what you see and hear going on around you.

Eleven states now have more people on welfare than they do employed in jobs. The Senate Budget Committee reported that in fiscal year 2012, between food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average U.S. household below the poverty line received $168.00 a day in government support. What’s the problem with that much support? Well, the median household income in America is just over $50,000, which averages out to $137.13 a day. To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30.00 an hour for a 40-hour week, while the average job pays $20.00 an hour.

A recent “Investor’s Business Daily” article provided very interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization:                              Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:              U.S. 65%                                                                                                                                       England 46%                                                                                                                                Canada 42%

Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months: U.S. 93%                                                                                                                                       England 15%                                                                                                                                 Canada 43%

Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:          U.S. 90%                                                                                                                                      England 15%                                                                                                                                    Canada 43%

Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within one month:                       U.S. 77%                                                                                                                                       England 40%                                                                                                                                  Canada 43%

Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:                               U.S. 71                                                                                                                                              England 14                                                                                                                                       Canada 18

Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in “excellent health”:     U.S. 12%                                                                                                                                         England 2%                                                                                                                                  Canada 6%

And now for the last statistic: National Health Insurance?                                                       U.S. NO                                                                                                                                           England YES                                                                                                                                    Canada YES

Check the last set of statistics: the percentage of each past president’s cabinet who had worked in the private business sector, prior to their appointment to the cabinet. You know what the private business sector is: a real-life business, not a government job. Here are the percentages:                                                                                                                                            T. Roosevelt  38%; Taft  40%; Wilson  52%; Harding  49%; Coolidge  48%; Hoover  42%;                                                                                                                  F. Roosevelt  50%; Truman  50%; Eisenhower  57%; Kennedy  30%; Johnson  47%;                                                                       Nixon  53%; Ford  42%; Carter  32%; Reagan  56%; GHW Bush  51%; Clinton  39%;        GW Bush  55%; Obama  8%                                                                                                               This helps explain the incompetence of this administration: only 8% of them have ever worked in private business. That’s right, only eight percent—the least, by far, of the last 19 presidents. And these people are trying to tell our big corporations how to run their business? How can the president of a major nation and society, the one with the most successful economic system in world history, stand and talk about business when he’s never worked for one? Or about jobs, when he has never really held one? And, it’s the same for 92% of his senior staff and closest advisers. They’ve spent most of their time in academia, in government, and/or in non-profit jobs. Or, as “community organizers.” Draw your own conclusions about how well that has worked out for America.

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