“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"Entitlements", with few exceptions, are really just handouts

We should stop calling Welfare, Food-stamps, Section-8 housing, etc., entitlements. That word implies that those receiving them are entitled to them, simply by being poor. They are not. Every penny that the government gives to one citizen has been taken by force from the citizen who first earned it. In what collectivist fantasy is anybody entitled to what others have earned?  

Included on the list of entitlement programs are VA benefits and Social Security benefits.....THESE are entitlements because the citizens receiving them paid for them. They are entitled to receive them.

We should call hand out programs what they are.....HANDOUTS. At most those who receive handouts are fortunate to receive charity from those who earned that money and for which they should be eternally thankful.


David said...

I hate the word entitlement. My first encounters wit this word in earnest was as I unprocessed into the military. i didn't like the word then and I don't like it know. No on wis entitled to anything!

David said...

man, typo city. sorry. Please defer to your context clues!

Ed said...

Yes, it's Orwellian in its disingenuousness.