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  •  And should not be called an "entitlement" (2+ / 0-)
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    wintergreen8694, One Opinion

    nor should Medicare for the same reason. People pay specially earmarked taxes for both. That's not an "entitlement." That's an [b]earned[/b] benefit. Big difference. Why the right wing meme that these earned benefits are "entitlements" has been allowed to leak into the mainstream as an accurate description is beyond me.

    Please, oh please, wingnuts, do run someone really, really conservative in 2016 -- and pen for us the opening chapter of "The Way of the Whigs"

    by Yankee Patriot on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 05:53:14 AM PST

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    •  It's become much more of one, though. (0+ / 0-)

      Those who pay in more to the system support those who pay in less and receive proportionately lower returns.

      There is also the whole disability thing that is more or less divorced from being earned.

      Worst of all, however, is legislators --- Democratic legislators, btw -- who treat it as an entitlement rather than an earned benefit.

      The speak up every time somebody suggests that Social Security could be running out of money, pointing out that Social Security isn't obligated to pay any particular level of benefit and so cannot go bankrupt.

      There is, at best, a tenuous connection between the taxes you pay and the benefits you receive.

      And that ain't right.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 06:05:07 AM PST

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