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Mitt Romney caught major heat for bashing the 47 per cent of Americans who rely on government assistance at a recent fundraiser. But he was actually underestimating that figure––by a lot. A pair of Ivy league professors have trotted out a 2008 report that found all but 4 per cent of Americans have relied on government assistance at some point in their lives.
“You might get to a point in midlife where you think, ‘I’m one of the earners, not one of the takers,'” Suzanne Mettler, a professor of government at Cornell University, told Bloomberg’s Kate Anderson Bower. “In fact, your life has long been affected by the social policies you were able to use early in life, such as a Pell grant.”
The Cornell Survey Research Institute survey, led by Mettler and George Washington University professor John Sides, found 96 per cent of 1,400 respondents benefitted from at least one government program or policy––from Medicaid and Medicare to the G.I. Bill and tax breaks––and two-thirds said they’d used as many as four.
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