Remember “Keep your government hands off my Medicare“? Well, the craziness is much more common than even that. According to a paper from Cornell University, around half the people who have benefitted from government social programs believe that they “have not used a government social program”.
Do you think you’ve never gotten money from a government social program? Really? Did you ever get a student loan, a Pell grant, or set up an Education Savings Account to help pay for college? How about used the mortgage interest deduction to help you buy a home? Child care tax credit? Social security? Unemployment insurance? Veteran’s benefits? Somehow, we’ve convinced ourselves that tax breaks for housing or subsidized loans for education are not social programs, but that’s exactly what they are. That’s right tea partiers, you too might be one of the socialist parasites you are trying to rip from the suckling teat of the taxpayers.
Even beneficiaries of our most well-known social programs are significantly delusional. 44% of recipients of Social Security benefits and 40% of Medicare beneficiaries claim that they haven’t used a government social program. Even more amazing, 27% of welfare recipients and 25% of people who receive food stamps don’t think they are the recipient of government assistance.