Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Moochers and looters

Ayn Rand surely had these people in mind when she wrote about the moochers and the looters. (hat tip: ALS Blog)

In the early 1960s, 3% of Australians relied on the government for most of their income. By 1980 that had increased to 14%. And now, despite a decade of strong economic growth and increased employment opportunities, 17.5% of Australians rely on the government for most their income — including 5% of Australians who are apparently disabled and 5% who are carers (mostly single parents).