Claim: Chart shows eleven “death spiral” states where more people are on welfare than are employed.
[Collected via e-mail, January 2013]
These 11 States now have More People on Welfare than they do Employed!
And Surprise-Surprise!!! These States vote straight democrat ticket every election – living on the government plantation.
This Just Proves that The Majority of Americans have No Intentions of Making a Better Independent Life for Themselves and their Families and are content Living on The Tax Payers Dime for Eternity!
Origins: In November 2012, Forbes magazine published an article listing eleven states (California, Maine,
First off, Forbes classified states as being in “death spirals” based on two factors: whether they had more “takers than makers” and where they ranked on a
scorecard of state credit-worthiness. They did not rate states base solely on the first factor, as suggested in examples like the one reproduced above.
Second, Forbes determined states with more “takers than makers” by defining “the taker count [as] the number of state and local government workers plus the number of people on Medicaid
As for the claim that “these states vote straight Democrat ticket every election,” a majority of the eleven states listed (Maine,
Last updated: 10 January 2013
Baldwin, William. “Do You Live in a Death Spiral State?” Forbes. 25 November 2012.
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