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The so called entitlement programs that are going to destroy our economy are lay away programs.  Let me explain for people who are too young to understand this.

Back in the day before credit cards took over or pocketbooks if you wanted to buy something at a store but did not have the money to purchase the item/items at that time you could ask the store to hold those items for you and you could come back and pay for them in small weekly increments or pay for them entirely at a later date.  That is what
Social Security, Medicare etc. are.  WE PAYED FOR THESE PROGRAMS AND NOW WE WANT THE PRODUCTS WE PAID FOR.

Entitlements makes it sound like we are just getting a free handout from the government.  Not so.  I think democrats should start using that as a description of what these programs actually are and the people who are using the product they paid for and the people of a certain age who are getting ready to go to the store and retrieve their goods can understand this analogy.

Originally posted to Mind Your Manners on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 06:08 AM PDT.

Also republished by Social Security Defenders.

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  •  Stores still do layaway, (1+ / 0-)
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    Tinfoil Hat

    if you ask nicely and give them some of the money up front.

    This is a really good idea for how to describe the actual situation.  I wish I'd thought of it!

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 06:12:40 AM PDT

  •  I think it's more simple than that (1+ / 0-)
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    Noisy Democrat

    Entitlements are things that citizens are entitled to.  

    Republicans have managed to conflate misplaced presumptions of entitlement to real entitlement.  People who pay in to Social Security and Medicare are entitled to the promised benefits.  And citizens of this country who pay their taxes--not just income but payroll taxes, sales taxes, state and local taxes--and fall on hard times are entitled to the benefits of the social safety net to get back on their feet.  If anyone skirts the system they no more define the category than a mass shooter defines law abiding gun owners.

  •  They're our ownership in America (0+ / 0-)

    "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

    by CFAmick on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 07:18:58 AM PDT

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