Such beliefs are starkly at odds with the basic facts regarding social programs, the analysis finds. Federal budget and Census data show that, in 2010, 91 percentof the benefit dollars from entitlement and other mandatory programs went to the elderly (people 65 and over), the seriously disabled, and members of working households. People who are neither elderly nor disabled — and do not live in a working household — received only 9 percent of the benefits.
Moreover, the vast bulk of that 9 percent goes for medical care, unemployment insurance benefits (which individuals must have a significant work history to receive), Social Security survivor benefits for the children and spouses of deceased workers, and Social Security benefits for retirees between ages 62 and 64. Seven out of the 9 percentage points go for one of these four purposes.
that is a hell of a find... legit source too. i'm interested in hearing responses to that data from people who constantly attack wastefulness in that area as one of the nation's biggest problems (i'm convinced a great many wrongful racial perceptions and conflict are paralleled by misconceptions related to the role of race, unemployment, and welfare, as though race = causation and not correlation.)
that said i do think it's important to consider the remaining two percent and see if there's a way to cut down on the wastefulness. anecdotal evidence has pretty much been decidedly nixed as accurate methodology, but still, is it worth exploring ways to make the system more efficient as long as those techniques don't affect those who are truly in need of it?