This number includes dependents of direct recipients, receive significant income from government programs. The editorial went on: “Seven years ago, that number was 49.4 percent. But it’s the data from 1950, when a mere 28.3 percent of Americans relied on Washington, that really shows how needy we’ve become.”
The 52.6 percent breaks down like this:
It takes the remaining 47.4 percent of the population one-third of their year (more than 120 days) to meet the demands of the majority.
I’ll post later on efficiency of our universal wealth-distribution system (Hint: CharityNavigator.org would fail it and Milton Friedman said that the government usually spends $3 to do a $1 job.).