Food today is safer than ever, thanks to improvements in food handling and safety measures. Devastating food-borne illnesses such as typhoid fever, tuberculosis and cholera -- which killed thousands a century ago -- are nearly nonexistent today.
More than 46 million Americans -- about 1 in 7 -- relied on food stamps in 2011, the equivalent of the entire populations of Texas and New York. The program consumed 2% of the federal budget, or $78 billion in fiscal 2011.
You don’t have to need Social Security benefits to collect them: Every eligible American can collect benefits at retirement, and that includes millionaires. In 2010, 47,535 millionaires received Social Security benefits totaling $1.438 billion.
More than 16 million individuals and businesses owed the IRS $373 billion in unpaid federal taxes in 2011. The IRS uses substantial resources to collect these debts, but admits it can't recover all the money.