The Republicans have been working 50 years to defund and dismantle the FDR New Deal programs and the Johnson's Great Society and have done rather well.
47 Million being on food stamps is a clear indication of the disappearing middle class in America, another aim of the Republicans. With less than 8 Million on unemployment long term and welfare in the nation, a large portion of American senior citizens, and the working poor are on food stamps in record numbers. That speaks to the declining and stagnant wages in America since Ronald Reagan's assault on the middle class workers and union busting.
You want to reduce the food stamp rolls, support a livable wage in America, as it stands more than half of the American workforce could not come up with $2000 Cash in 24 hours if a need arises.
Government benefits like the senior citizens social security that they worked and paid into for participation, Social Security is exclusively paid into by those working poor folk who pay FICA Taxes for a pension once retired. Or are you alluring to Veterans Benefits?
You could expect that with an aging population and 10,000 Seniors day reaching retirement age, or do you support withdrawing the social security program from America's seniors?
When it comes to cutting entitlements, the Republican are never intending to cut the entitlements that exclusively benefit the wealthy only those programs that support the middle class and working poor. Those special tax rates and tax carve outs by another name are legislated entitlements.
That has nothing to do with my comments. I agree with you that Americans are becoming too dependent. Obama encourages dependence. Eligibility requirements have been eased and people have been encouraged to obtain food stamps.
When we have more receiving government benefits than paying taxes, we are totally doomed. It is headed in that direction.