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Change from a nation of makers to a nation of takers new numbers perhaps backing up the claim that we've been making since Election Day right here -- Barney company.
A study just released from the CDC shows more than 47 point one million people are on food stamps that's nearly 50% of all of America.
And more than seven point four million are -- -- Medicaid that's one in every five Americans on the government program joining us now is Mark Mellman.
From development group remarked this coming right out that's -- Americans have -- become a nation -- takers.
Actually not this is -- still very great country where we produce a lot of things you know the reality is we do you have more people on Medicaid than we have in the past.
Who are those people well the truth is two thirds of them are seniors in nursing homes those are bottom -- people who are passed.
By any construction they're making years.
A third of that money goes to children.
Who are who are poor and don't have other kinds of health insurance so.
Those are folks -- are not yet in their making years so.
I don't -- -- really says much of anything it -- does say we do have a crisis about long term care in this country that we've got to solve we've got to deal with.
Smart food stamps.
Mark mark I just gotta jump in their -- -- I you know listen I did it in the U whistling by the graveyard or are.
You not being honest -- neither a gigantic enormous numbers that in this is not the America that almost anybody watching the show growth with.
Certainly you have to be alarmed by the trend.
You do have to be alarmed by the trend in the fact is again two thirds of the folks are seniors in nursing homes are you saying we should take that money away we should -- those folks.
Those senior citizens have given so much to us into this country.
A lot of them aren't more -- 12 what must have been honest discussion OK because every time.
We're worried about something.
We -- school teachers in front.
We throw the children in front wasn't talking about an -- time magazine has partnered magnetic and my dog food I mean that's what you've got you guys all that's the congress goes my friend and though the money is no matter -- the -- Fidelity is if no no you're wrong two thirds of the money goes to seniors in nursing homes were you don't -- cargo that you can't -- Eurostar ago.
The other third ghost import children who don't have other -- about -- that's that's all that's only only people are getting this program then.
That that is buying that is almost 99% of the money.
Going to those two places while he goes right into things -- -- -- we never do is we never tackle the real we spent trillions in the war on poverty.
But instead of fixing productivity instead of making sure there -- jobs for people.
Where they work themselves out of it we don't do that on the other hand there is wrong I'm all we have not -- Israeli politics is here's the announced fraud they're really asking relegation nursing homes and put him in jobs.
I'm all in favor of investments are great jobs believe me every Democrat right exactly they're creates jobs investment and jobs is actually -- those jobs and haven't I I have -- I -- -- -- company -- create jobs on a private sector got.
That creates jobs I know all about it -- -- something else you're not gonna take too many seniors at a nursing now about talking about seeing just lots of attack -- the around the notion of the problem.
Which is let's get people working let's get productivity -- -- -- we raise income levels.
Are -- this is that as you thought about regulating not a -- brought -- that doesn't work.
The question was about Medicaid not productivity you can fomented all you want about productivity but if you want to -- -- -- Asian product that -- -- -- Again nobody has been made there's -- thing -- market entire art market here's a thing now.
-- I think you have to say when you when you look at this many people on food stamps that's a record of failure that's a record of failure for the country.
And you know listen I know you -- if it's not about protecting.
You know any below the political party and I gotta disagree what David -- it probably is working from a political point of view but from an economic point of view.
We know it's not working and we -- something that we should be really afraid.
And -- I've heard people than your corner like Nancy Pelosi actually chair.
How many people are food stamps I've heard talk about the multiplier effect I've heard the commercials -- -- radio thing okay.
Go out there get food stamps isn't really the country you want us the -- Well -- the people who who are qualified food stamps ought to get them instead of going hungry that's a program that Bob Dole -- the Republicans.
-- help to put together at the beginning.
But the reality is yes we don't want people on food stamps when people in jobs.
And we want people working there's no question about that fair market reality is we are in the reality is we have been in a very deep recession.
We're working our way out of that recession and swallow working -- -- that recession are not enough job.
Right up above market you -- -- you fairness is one of my great fears that it's becoming more and seductive.
To go ahead and drop out of the jobs market.
To give up net because -- -- looks so much easier when you start to -- when you start the way I think the only other way to pros and cons that.
I'll get my rent paid I'll get my health care paid I'll get a free cell phone.
I'll give -- why -- -- work why anyone making less than 50000 dollars a year in this country why would they work if they get all these goodies.
The only people who have that attitude frankly -- people who never been out of a job.
The reality is -- people who don't have a job spend every day.
Most vast majority of trying to get that job working hard to get that job it's not have to I think that is the reserves I don't think that's -- that's how they feel -- that's what they want to be true and so unfortunately I gotta -- yeah it's not true anymore I don't think so mark but let's and we love -- on and you'll be back -- thanks a lot great thank you are but let's.
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