Two Charts Exposing America's Record Shadow Welfare State

Tyler Durden's picture

There was a little mentioned tangent to last Friday's very disappointing NFP print of +115,000 (driven by a surge in temp jobs offsetting a collapse in full time positions): as David Rosenberg notes, the jobs number was about half of another far more important number - that of Americans applying for disability, which in April was +225,000. He continues: "this is the new stealth stimulus program - so far in 2011, nearly one million Americans have applied for disability and year-to-date, 333k have actually enrolled (covering 539k family members). In total, more than five million people have been added to disability coverage since President Obama took over three years ago." The punchline will make all those who adore (insolvent) welfare states shake with giddy delight: "So look - either safety standards at work have eroded dramatically or the "99%" have found a creative way to milk the system and turn the economy into a quasi welfare state".... Yup. What he said. Because remember: the BLS assumes that any amount up to the total 53 million people, is not in the labor force as they have other "wefare" based forms of government handouts and see no need at all to look for a job. Is there any wonder why US unemployment is realistically 20% if not much higher? As for the other chart, food stamps, we know that story all too well.

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SilverDoctors's picture
Warren Buffett: ‘Caves Might Be a Better Investment Than Gold’  LOL

Clint Liquor's picture

Warren Buffet is a Crony-capitalist. Do you really expect him to say 'quit letting us cornhole you, buy Gold?'

Ahmeexnal's picture

German Imperial family preparing another genocide. This time they will confiscate gold from the moslems and send them to the crematories:


100 arrests as Muslims clash with far-right

The conflict between a far-right political party in western Germany and Salafist Muslims grew violent again on Saturday, with some 100 people arrested and two police officers stabbed at a protest in Bonn.

About 30 members of the anti-Islamic “Pro NRW” party, holding up cartoon images of the Prophet Mohammed, faced off with 500 to 600 Salafist counter-demonstrators outside the King Fahd Academy in Bonn.

The Salafists, members of a fundamentalist branch of Islam, reportedly threw rocks at the police, who had positioned themselves between the two groups. The police ended the demonstration after about 45 minutes.

Two police officers were also seriously injured with stab wounds and were treated at a nearby hospital. The suspected attackers were reportedly arrested at the protest. Another 27 police officers were also injured.

The “Pro NRW” party has said it intends to send activists to 25 mosques throughout the state in the run-up to the state election in North Rhine-Westphalia on May 13, staging protests in Cologne, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Aachen, Wuppertal and Solingen.

Last week, a state court lifted a prior ban on the group using Mohammed caricatures in its election campaign, despite criticism that the images were purely being used for provocation.

The incident follows a similar protest on Tuesday, when 81 people were arrested in Solingen after violence broke out during a protest of Salafist Muslims against “Pro NRW.” The group had set up a stand showing cartoons of Mohammed outside a mosque.

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich of the Christian Socialist Union (CSU), has been in touch with state officials in the past week, hoping to find a way to deescalate the situation.

“[Salafism’s] fanatical members represent a special danger to German security,” he told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag. “The Salafists deliver the ideological basis for many who then become violent.”

North Rhine-Westphalia Interior Minister Ralf Jäger, speaking on WDR television, blamed the far-right extremists for their targeted provocation of the Salafists. At the same time, he emphasized the peacefulness of the vast majority of Muslims in the western state.

"Pro NRW," which boasts 250 members, has said it is also planning to award a cash prize for the "best" anti-Islamic caricature, named after Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. Westergaard was responsible for the controversial 2005 images of Mohammed, including one of him wearing a bomb in his turban.

The group has used Westergaard’s images in previous protests in Essen and Gelsenkirchen, before a ban was placed on their use. Westergaard has distanced himself from the group, saying he believes only in freedom of speech and is in no way affliated with them.

DPA/The Local/mbw

Cathartes Aura's picture

ahhh yes,

Last week, a state court lifted a prior ban on the group using Mohammed caricatures in its election campaign, despite criticism that the images were purely being used for provocation.

divide and rule, keep the distractions, and hatred, within the people's streets, and they'll be too busy to focus their attention, and might, on those who are manipulating the game. . . oldest trick in the book, and yet, the peoples fall for it every time.

nothing new here, move along. . .

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Did I miss the graphs on corporate and banker welfare?  Maybe my computer has broken down.  Help me out here, kids.

Xkwisetly Paneful's picture


I guess we still don't know that food stamp story.

For the 12,321,286 time,

poverty is defined in America as the bottom 1/6th,

therefore at any random point in time one would expect 1/6th the population to collect food stamps.


Created a nation where for the first time in the history of mankind-obese people who own cars and homes are considered "poverty stricken."

'Nuff said?


knukles's picture

Munger says suck it up and die, you fucking leeches.
Biden wants to run with Clinton (F)
Bake sales banned in Massachusetts
We've apparently won the war in Af-Pak
Maybe not.
But long live the enemy, anyway
Persistent little fuckers.
Not a serious word about the economy, budget or cutting spending.
Hooray for handouts. 
Record number on disability and welfare
Nobody cares about anything anymore.
Big fucking deal.  (Yawn)
The global economy is collapsing
Just as forecast here
Big fucking deal
It's all noise
Everything's OK
Big fucking deal
Taxageddon is coming.
Estimated to subtract between 3% to 5% from GDP
Big fucking deal.
Blame the other guy
Big fucking deal
Nobody gives a fuck
Except about immigration and gay marriage
Whoa... Thems Big Fucking Deals!
The whole world's getting irradiated by Fuckyoushittin'me
The whole GoM is fucking dead
Nobody cares
Ah, Dancing With the Stars is on
The politicians are starving the masses
The politicians are polluting the seas, land and air.
Te politicians run wars amok
The politicians do the bidding of big business and monied interests
Ignore it, it'll just go away
It's an Inconvenient Truth
little did he know.
That the Internet he claimed to invent killed off the Global Warming that he didn't.
Poetic Irony.
Big Deal
Everything happening has been forecast.
To the tee
So who gives a fuck anymore?
Who cares?
Sure, bug out right along with 1 million others on the same road, path, mountain top.
How's that gonna work for ya'
Talk tough.
Scare 'em away.
Yeah.  Especially the folk ever seen a day's combat, either.
No pzzzzzzvooop of the round past your ear.
The sickening phthulampt of the round impacting.
The vomiting at the carnage.
No body cares.
Just remember, it's all horse shit anyhow, kids.
Because nobody cares anymore.


mophead's picture

Stealth devaluation bitchez. I've been saying it for several years now.

KowPie's picture

"Munger says..."


Probably the most astute post in quite a while. Dead on.

barroter's picture

Love how you get these PR campaigns that love to blame. Well, here's a counter point...Blame the Rich.

ziggy59's picture

You believe this crap?
Deficit streak ends: Obama sees first monthly surplus

HurricaneSeason's picture

The federal government showed a profit under Clinton too. We should lend the surplus to Japan and then Japan could lend some of it to Europe to keep the world economy going, while the surplus lasts. Maybe open up the  stategic oil reserve too.

sgt_doom's picture

Negative, Biker guy, but those other douchebaggers evidently missed this below:

Keeping It Simple:  The Neocon Continuum

I’ve noticed the inability of some to absorb the large amount of facts, perhaps an overwhelming amount of facts, regarding the same or similar political appointments from the Reagan administration to the Obama administration, so I’ll keep it as simple as possible.

In the last Bush administration, George W. appointed Matthew Slaughter, a Dartmouth economics professor, to his Council of Economic Advisors.  Slaughter was an evangelist for jobs offshoring, and frequently stated that for every one job the U.S. multinationals created abroad, they created two jobs in America.

Clearly, this was and is unsupported fiction and Slaughter got that fantasy figure from a report out of the McKinsey Global Institute, whose author was Diana Farrell.

And who did President Obama appoint as one of his economic advisors?

Why….Diana Farrell, of course!

Hence the continuity; hence the neocon continuum.

This fantasy figure was an “assumption” – meaning Farrell assumed it was so, with absolutely no supporting data to prove it.

My assumption is that Jessica Alba, Rose McGowan and Christina Aguilera are all madly in love with me, but simply haven’t yet found my phone number.

Both assumptions are equally flakey.

If two jobs are created for every one job offshored or created overseas, then we would have witnessed at least 74 million jobs created in the private sector this past decade ---- that never happened!

The past 10 years America lost at least 37 million jobs:  15 million jobs offshored and 22 million jobs created offshore by U.S. multinationals.

That’s a bunch of jobs lost ---- and directly correlates to the rise in poverty, homelessness and the increase in food stamp recipients.

In  a recent BBC interview a former member of the Thatcher government who helped to privatize that government, was identified as occupying the position of vice chairman at the UBS Investment Bank.

Phil Gramm, who did the same thing in America, was rewarded with the position of vice chairman at UBS North America.

(It is important to note here that the Rothschild family was seriously involved with privatization during the Heath and Thatcher governments, just as the Rockefeller, Morgan, Koch, Johnson and Pew families led the way in the privatization of everything in America!)

The republican Phil Gramm’s contributions, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, both signed into law by democratic President Bill Clinton, were crucial to the super-concentration of wealth and the economic meltdown.

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act superseded and negated the National Banking Acts of 1963 and 1964, although the O.C.C. – under the Bush administration – would illegally invoke the National Banking Act to circumvent the state attorneys-general attempts to abide by anti-predatory lending laws.

This was the second monster-sized legal violation; the first was when Alan Greenspan signed off on the merger of Travelers and Citicorp in 1998 in direct violation of Glass-Steagall --- Greenspan illegally pre-approved an illegal merger --- thus Greenspan gave the go ahead for predatory lending.

When the super-rich and their U.S. multinationals offshore the vast amount of jobs, technology, R&D and investment, they were dismantling the economy and destroying the work force.

The total number of engineering, computer science and R&D jobs have fallen steadily in the U.S. since at least 1999 (actually since 1990) --- add to that all those manufacturing jobs offshored --- and one really begins to grasp the enormity of the situation.

The banks, oil companies, munitions companies and biopharmaceuticals aren’t the faceless, monolithic entities their media/PR people present them as --- just as they aren’t stand-alone financial entities --- they are owned by the same select group of ultra-rich.

When Steve Cole (New America Foundation, funded by the Peterson Foundation) writes a book on ExxonMobil he neglects to mention who owns them?

When he is interviewed repeatedly on various shows, his interviewers somehow always neglect to ask who owns ExxonMobil ---- now how is this even remotely possible?

Is no one curious?  Or is that a forbidden question?

And this is why we should vote Green in 2012 and elect Dr. Jill Stein for president!


Sophist Economicus's picture

It's really simple.   Most of the 20+ percent of Americans out of work deserve to be.   They have no skills, are illiterate or have personality issues.   I know, I've been hiring people for over 20 years.   I do a happy dance whenever we find capable men and women that we can hire.

Then there are the disgruntled.   You know, folks who think they are really much smarter or more useful than they really are.   They rationalize their pitiful existence as a big conspiracy by 'The Man'.   The reason why THEY are not ahead in the world is because big powerfiul people have rigged the game against them, even though, all around them, smart people start new companies that grow.   Even though large companies fail every year.   Why, shock of shock, even BIG banks and Wall Street firms go bankrupt.   Yes, those well connected 'TPTB' seem to make mistakes and fail -- even with ALL of that 'insider' information and all the money, back-hip politicians, etc.

BTW, fuck Jill Stein



Xkwisetly Paneful's picture

They have no skills.


Although the US is amongst the largest spenders in K-12 education per pupil in the world.

They learn very little unique or valuable skills.

I wonder why that happens to be the case?

and who's fault that happens to be.

the neo con continuum where things like No Child Left Behind is neo con ideology, growing big centralized governance is a long time neo con POV in opposites or incredibly detached from reality world.


boogerbently's picture

It all goes to the TEACHERS in pay and pension. That is the MOST corrupt "union" alive.

Larry Dallas's picture

If I could up arrow this comment 1000 times, I would. Because its so true. My whole thing is outsource using the interwebs as much as possible because those who's future work depend on the meritocracy of doing a good job (see won't take you to court or make excuses why they can't do work (someone almost has cancer, etc).

I'm done with it.

And if you consider yourself a real cheap boss, look at

Xkwisetly Paneful's picture

Rise in poverty?

It is defined as the bottom 16.6666667% perpetually.

If rise you mean the avg waistline of the US poverty stricken than I stand corrected.

That good old neo con continuum where every guy since Reagan moved further and further left,

and did nothing but grow the size and influence of the federal government-

some neo con continuum.

Must be nice to be so incredibly detached.


Dasa Slooofoot's picture

The same ones manipulating the game are the same ones that allow salafi muslims to immigrate into Germany. 

Chuck Walla's picture

When it comes to Muslims and Far right, how do you tell who's who? Hand out bacon sandwiches?

ScotlandTheBrave's picture

Moslems and Far-Left sleep in the same bed with so called Far right who are simply just violent lefties of the same centrally controlled mind-set of the lefties, Bernakies. Obamies and other communists.

Nussi34's picture

This party pro NRW is about as far right as the republicans in the USA. They are just sick of these moslem culture enhancers killing their relatives in order to save family honor. Maybe tomorrow they will set up tents or ride camels on the Autobahn and BBQ sheep in the English Garden...

Kobe Beef's picture

Ahhh, the Wonders of Diversity. Will they never end...

DosZap's picture

despite criticism that the images were purely being used for provocation.

For whatever reason, WHY should they get a PASS?.................its discrimination.

Every other Faiths symbols, and names,of their dieties ON the planet, have been drug thru 6' of shit for YEARS.(but thats OK???)

“[Salafism’s] fanatical members represent a special danger to German security,” he told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag. “The Salafists deliver the ideological basis for many who then become violent.”

Then DEPORT the SOB's....................tired as hell of the Radical Islamists getting a pass,and people having to tip toe around them, cant draw a cartoon of Muhammed or you get a HIT put out on your butt!!!!!! or they GET violent with everyone.

Its YOUR country, you should represent a threat to their butts not the other way around.

DUDES, its not your country, and if you do not like it, leave,cause trouble, MANDATORY deportation.

Europe is looking at a major Islamic suicide bombing capaign, and its their own fault for allowing so many IN, that want to have their COUNTRY,rules n regs, and LAWS in someone elses.

Austraila is the only country that has a SET and do not out up with these trouble makers.

Ahmeexnal's picture

Oriana Fallaci predicted the collapse of the eurozone over 10 years ago.

She also predicted the rise of a euro-caliphate.

She was correct.

May she rest in peace.

knukles's picture

Oh my.  That just can't be.
The Germans learned their lesson after WWII.
They've become lovers of freedom, the arts, humanity, diversity and culture.
After all, they've got their own country to run now.
The freedom loving Eternal Western Powers gave it back to them after setting them on the straight and narrow.
I'm sure they'll do the next right thing.

BTW... Isn't Munger a German name?  And so by logic, these Islamic folk shouldn't have any gold to confiscate in their baggy clothes  They can't be uncivilized.

/cynicism off

WhiteNight123129's picture

Ahhh.... the religious wars.... Just imagine the extent of wars of religion when football (soccer) and NFL , NBA were not existing yet !!! Humanity does not deserve to force other species to exinction by its multiplication.

Buck Johnson's picture

Fascism both in the US and in Europe is coming back in full force.

crawldaddy's picture

Buffet is like 80 something, he shouldnt even buy and hold green bananas.  Of course he isnt going to push gold, gold is for us humans which are still going to have to be living in this shit stained world in 10 years.

vast-dom's picture

taking a page from the greek playbook: the blindness epidemic....and penis disability too.....

Nussi34's picture

disability? I think htey work, but they are so small so it is hard to tell!

pkea's picture

that's the price of keeping status quo and preventing riots. the only question is how long they will be able to afford it...

sof_hannibal's picture

At some point the checks stop; and at some point it won't matter when there are no longer goods/ food (fast) avaliable for exchange with paper or food stamps...

The money (disability) will at least be paused when the budget deadlocks. Good news is that there are plenty of US jails to lock up those who steal a loaf of bread.

Keep trading until the SSDI runs out and the food isn't on the shelfs. Where is robotrader when you need him, btw???

redpill's picture

"At least they’re not producing new caves all the time.”


Au contraire:

Matt's picture

Well, he's not exactly wrong. I mean, without somewhere secure to store your bullion, bullets, beans, etc, what's the point in having all that stuff?

An above-ground manmade cave covered in earth is probably better than a natural underground one anyways, so you don't have to worry about flooding, moisture, etc.

However, you only need so much cave, while you can never have too much gold.

The Alarmist's picture

So buy an old, deactivated missile LCC.

JohnKozac's picture

Warren & Charlie and Friends don't make a buck--they can't churn the system-- when you buy a commodity directly.

Quinvarius's picture

Berkshire talks too much about gold lately.  I suspect they have a financial interest in it that is underwater.  Too bad for them, they cannot rescue a bad investment choice by buying the company this time.

Long gold short BRK might be the strategy for this summer.

Gully Foyle's picture

Disability is not welafre, fuck even welfare isn't welfare if you spent any time working.

Unless they drastically changed how one receives disability it was pretty fucking hard to qualify for benefits.

First damn near everyone is denied on their first claim. I think the mentally ill qualify immediately.

Then you need to find and attorney who will take a quarter of your back benefits.

For that year or so, you live on welfare. To receive cash benefits you sign a lien against your home, if you own one.

If an attorney thinks you have a chance they take your case. All attorneys develope a rapport with the judges overseeing disability. So just having an attorney gives your case weight.

Just before your court date you need to see court appointed medical examiners. A combination of what they decide and your medical records makes your case.

When you read that x amount of people have applied for and received disability, you have to assume that 5x failed to qualify.

They may reapply, but face the same hurdles.

Sure there is annecdotal evidence for people who act fraudulently, but they are not the norm. A lot of people suffer with disability because they are not diagnossed properly, have never visited a doctor for that disability, or tried to stretch a few more of higher paying labor out with meds and willpower.

Either way the hurdles one needs to jump through to receive benefits are not as simple as they are perceived to be.

I haven't even mentioned biased or incompetent judges with their own personal agendas.



kennard's picture

" I think the mentally ill qualify immediately."


Yes. It's called "crazy money" in the 'hood.


It is nearly impossible to disprove and is a big number.

Kobe Beef's picture

and you can use the free cash to buy drugs! You know, for medicinal purposes and shit.

erheault's picture

Hey somebody has to buy the droopy drawers for them.

John_Coltrane's picture

In fact, 43% of all claims I believe.  You'd have to be crazy not to take the "Obama Money"-or alternatively have some self-respect and guilt over living off other's people's money.

gatorengineer's picture

By your post you definitely would qualify for mentally disabled... Suggest you apply.  The real rejection rate is extremely low..... You can be on disability for being morbidly obese with no underlying medical condition.  You can be on disability because of SAD (seasonally affected disorder), etc, etc, etc.  The bar is extremely low.....

Harbanger's picture

Liberalism qualifies as a Mental Disorder.

Yes_Questions's picture



Especially resource coveting Neoliberalism.

Gully Foyle's picture


Once again anecdotal evidence strikes.

Do us a favor and post some research regarding your claims.

Not just your opinion.

nmewn's picture

Pure coincidence disability claims sky rocket when the economy tanks?

Personally, I'm getting a little sick and tired of swerving to avoid all the drunken "mentally & obese disabled" towing their boats behind them when I'm trying to get back home from work.

Gully Foyle's picture


So what, you are drinking in the same bar? Maybe stopping off with this crowd after work?

Because if you are driving and they are driving, HOW THE FUCK DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THEM WITHOUT CONTACT!

Like I said annecdotal evidence.

Weak annecdotal evidence at that.

nmewn's picture

I live in a very small town.