Record number of Americans get government help "NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- One in six Americans are receiving help from the government, just as fiscal austerity threatens to reduce some of that aid. Soaring unemployment during The Great Recession has driven tens of millions of people to the dole. Enrollment in Medicaid and food stamp programs are at record highs, while unemployment insurance rolls remain at elevated levels. Many people depend on more than one program." Record number of Americans helped by government safety net - Apr. 13, 2011 This is the kind of information that tells us the truth about our economy. The Great Recession is not over and years from now, history will show it did not end in January of 2009. People say, "Well, it's not nearly as bad as the Great Depression where people had to wait in line for food". But guess what? Food Stamps have replaced food lines and I believe it's a much better way to help people. But the food lines are there, they just blend in with everyone else. The reason I'm posting this is so we can truthfully assess where we are and/or where we need to go. I think we all know deep down that our gov't and our taxpayers can't afford to keep this up for much longer. In my opinion, the answers lie in economics and in gov't spending. We can reduce our spending dramatically and we can improve upon how our gov't does need to spend. Our gov't can't be all things to all people. It just can't work that way. We need some vision from our leaders as to what our economy will look like in the short and long term future. What are the possibilities, good & bad?