"According to The Heritage Foundation's 2010 Index of Dependence on Government, Medicare, Medicaid and the [Children's Health Insurance Program] enrolled approximately 98.2 million individuals in 2009. That's almost a third of the population."
Spending is double what it was a decade ago, and Obamacare hasn't even kicked in.
As Feulner put it, "To say that such a trajectory is unsustainable is putting it mildly."
Look at what's happened to West Virginia, which is fairly typical of the country.
About half the children born in West Virginia are born on Medicaid.
Kids are turning down 12 years of free education because they don't see any need to get it.
After all, they'll be taken care of anyway. Why work?
What's the future for a society like that?
America wasn't always this way, and if the country is to survive, it can't continue to be.
As Heritage points out in its Index of Dependence, "the country may be rapidly approaching a point where one half of 'taxpayers' do not pay taxes, while receiving generous federal benefits."
Mathematically, that won't work. We can't stay on this path. We really can't.
Republican Senate candidate John Raese says the nation is in "an industrial coma."
No wonder. We have the highest corporate income tax in the developed world.
Economists tell us that repeated increases in the minimum wage - another "gift" from Democrats - actually keep unemployment high.
When the price of labor gets too high, employers don't hire.
But the beauty of the American system is that when the people realize they have made a mistake - encouraging dependence instead of personal responsibility was one - they can change policies and solve their problems.
Voters need to do that now.
Capitalism has raised more people out of poverty than any system, anywhere, in the history of mankind.
Government programs can't touch it for relief of misery.
Americans need to get back to letting it work.
Maurice is editorial page editor of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 3348-4802 or ha...@dailymail.com.