Americans getting more federal aid than ever

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Americans are relying more on government aid for income, while wages as a share of income have dropped to their lowest level since 1929,USA Today reports via The Political Wire.

“A record 18.3% of the nation’s total personal income was a payment from the government for Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, unemployment benefits and other programs in 2010,” up from 12% just a decade ago. “Wages accounted for the lowest share of income — 51.0% — since the government began keeping track in 1929.”

The increasing reliance on aid “reflects several changes: the expansion of health care and federal programs generally, the aging population and lingering economic problems.”

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