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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 5:00 pm

It would be interesting to know how many of the people receiving government benefits will vote for the incumbent president. Is this an election issue? The answer is elusive but there are people who believe those receiving government benefits tend to vote for a liberal who believes in a welfare state.

The number of people receiving government benefits was mentioned in Tuesday’s debate between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney. Public-sector benefits have grown under President Obama. The Wall Street Journal in its Oct. 18 issue published a commentary by Phil Gramm, former senator, and Michael Solon, both of whom are with the US Policy Metrics. They asked the question,“Can government benefits turn an election?”

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