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  •  "Entitlements" is a dysphemism -- (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    a word designed to make a good thing sound bad, the opposite of a euphemism.
    Entitlements are rights. Since it wouldn't go over well for the Cons to talk about cutting or reforming rights, they call them entitlements. However, the truth is that people, who believe that society mirrors a natural hierarchy, in which some people are in charge and others do what they are told, are opposed to rights of all kinds (human, civil, individual, animal and environmental). They are convinced that those in authority are empowered to dispose as it pleases them of everyone else. That's what the heirarchy does. It provides a rationale for dominion and domination.

    People in power, because power to be felt has to hurt, almost by necessity have to impose deprivation.  Since the Congress still needs to get elected, imposing the deprivations serially works best. Also, as the story of the Prodigal Son tells us, there is great rejoicing over people who come back into the fold and aren't as mean and nasty as they could be. So, the Cons who relent and don't carry out their threats get brownie points from the wary electorate.
    "See, they're good guys, after all and they listened to us."

    That said, the fact is that the Congress is in charge of the public purse, including our currency. They are tasked with allocating money appropriately. Which means that dollars have to be distributed. The allegation that dollars first have to be collected from the citizenry before they can be spent is a fairy tale. (Spending for the Iraq war, which was 80% off budget, proves it). So, in theory, the Congress does not need to collect taxes before it spends. However, so as not to create too much money and to keep the dollars circulating, it is good to set up a recycling program. When we send dollars to the IRS, it's like recycling newspapers and aluminum cans and glass. Instead of sending stuff to the landfill and having to produce more from scratch, we turn waste into resources by recycling it.
    Now, who better to recycle dollars than people who aren't using them and merely hoarding them in their bank accounts? Hoarding should be taxed. We should tell them, "either spend it or send it back where it belongs."

    "Give unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's"

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 08:59:27 AM PST

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