What are Government Programs Again?

This article “Moochers Against Welfare” contains a paragraph that I find fascinating:

Finally, Cornell University’s Suzanne Mettler points out that many beneficiaries of government programs seem confused about their own place in the system. She tells us that 44 percent of Social Security recipients, 43 percent of those receiving unemployment benefits, and 40 percent of those on Medicare say that they “have not used a government program.”

It appears that people haven’t actually stopped to learn what government programs are. It appears that we have a classic case where many individuals believe that there other people who are getting free money from the government for no good reason, while they, these individuals, are only getting what they are due… But not from the government?

I truly do wonder what people think Social Security and Medicare are if they are not government programs. Are they perhaps programs that are run by a private corporation in these people’s minds?

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/opinion/krugman-moochers-against-welfare.html?_r=1

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