A new study by the Heritage Foundation shows a big jump in the number of Americans on government assistance.
According to the group's Index of Dependence on Government, 67 million Americans now get some form of federal aid, an all-time high.
The study's authors said the data should be a cause for alarm.
"Americans should be concerned about this seemingly relentless upward march in Index scores," the authors wrote.
"Dependence on the federal government for life's many challenges strips civil society of its historical and necessary role in providing aid and renewal through the intimate relationships of family, community, and local institutions and local governments," they continued.
"While the Index does not measure the decay of civil society, it reflects a declining role in this most important aspect of society," the authors concluded.
Bill Beach, author of the Heritage Foundation's study, talked more about the implication of the group's findings, on CBN News Channel Morning News, Feb. 9.