I know that most people seem to get offended when Social Security is lumped in with what is known as “Entitlements”. To my way of thinking (as a dog belonging to a senior citizen) this is one of the true “real entitlements”. Workers pay into this from the start of their working lives to the end of it. Of course they would be entitled to get it back. That was the whole purpose of it in the first place, so why would they be offended by this term?
To my way of thinking, again, the offence comes from the fact that all government pay out programs are lumped into this term of “entitlement”, but are they all really entitlements? NO, I don’t think so. Things like food stamps, welfare payments, housing subsidies, or any subsidy for that matter are not real entitlements. I would term them as social charity. These things are consumed by people who don’t work all their lives to receive the benefits of them. To fund these programs workers, again, have to pay into the government for them, but most workers do not receive benefit from these “so called” entitlements. In my mind, that’s the difference.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all for helping people who truly need assistance, but the government of this country has gone way overboard in determining who does really need it. I believe that giving people too much reduces their desire to earn their own way and they are being crippled by so much charity.
Your friend, Harley not offended