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John Stossel’s Freeloaders TV Special Unmasks the Hypocrisy of the U.S. Welfare State

Monday March 28th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 12:11am PDT   •  

John Stossel at Fox Business recently hosted a superb one-hour program, “Freeloaders,” that brings up to date another program he did on the same subject at ABC’s “20/20” in 2006. In the new program, he critiques the welfare state in America and takes on major corporations, millionaire entertainers, panhandlers, Indian Reservations, and anyone on the dole. Stossel notes that:

In America today, who are the biggest freeloaders? Panhandlers? Poor people?

You may be surprised that some of America’s biggest recipients of handouts are rich people, and well-connected corporations. The biggest corporate freeloaders may be the biggest industrial corporation in the world: General Electric.

Here is the segment on General Electric and other major corporations that push for and line up for enormous federal subsidies:

Here also is the program’s segment on how federal government controls and welfare statism have destroyed the lives of native Americans living on government reservations:

And here is the segment on the Pigford race discrimination case against by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in which 97,000 black “farmers” have applied to receive $50,000 each in the settlement even though according to the U.S. Census, there are only 18,000 black farmers:

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