In your interest.
Online Personal Finance Magazine
No beating about the bush.
Last year, transfer payments from the government such as unemployment checks and Social Security burgeoned by $231 billion to $2.10 trillion. Meanwhile, the amount of taxes that individual Americans paid plummeted by $325 billion to $2.10 trillion as a result of middle-class tax cuts and because nearly 6 million people were thrown out of work and are no longer paying payroll taxes.