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  •  Precisely - it's like fingernails on chalkboard to (6+ / 0-)

    hear Dems refer to "entitlements".   Shoot, I'm sure I even use it, unfortunately.

    •  It's the correct terminology, but so very (4+ / 0-)

      wrong in the messaging wars.

      May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 07:58:55 PM PDT

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      •  People are truly entitled to them. (6+ / 0-)

        I think that's a fair thing to say, but one shouldn't use "entitlements" unless one is pointing out that they are owed to people, that people are actually entitled to them the way you are entitled to the house you live in and own outright.

        Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

        by neroden on Sat Sep 03, 2011 at 11:06:57 PM PDT

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        •  Definition of "entitlement program" (2+ / 0-)
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          Entitlement program: A Glossary of Political Economy Terms

          The kind of government program that provides individuals with personal financial benefits (or sometimes special government-provided goods or services) to which an indefinite (but usually rather large) number of potential beneficiaries have a legal right (enforceable in court, if necessary) whenever they meet eligibility conditions that are specified by the standing law that authorizes the program. The beneficiaries of entitlement programs are normally individual citizens or residents, but sometimes organizations such as business corporations, local governments, or even political parties may have similar special "entitlements" under certain programs. The most important examples of entitlement programs at the federal level in the United States would include Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, most Veterans' Administration programs, federal employee and military retirement plans, unemployment compensation, food stamps, and agricultural price support programs.

          May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

          by msmacgyver on Sun Sep 04, 2011 at 05:39:01 AM PDT

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