We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
But don’t worry. Individual liberty is overrated and inherently messy, anyway — and besides, who wants to follow a plan set out by dead white European males? Did the stupid patriarchy spell out the right to collectively bargain, or the right to high speed internet access for all?
No. So fuck them right in their tri-corned hats. It’s 2011. Like, over a hundred years after these slave owners scribbled on a parchment. We have computers now. And Twitter. Time to fix shit. You know, for freedom.
Obamacare is like that, isn't it? And Romneycare. And do not forget to smile while you eat that government cheese. "Freedom" means eating what the government gives you: FDR taught us that.
Barrister ... I think that the important difference is that what is now called an 'entitlement' was formerly referred to as a 'benefit'. Unhappily the two words are not analogous, and we are now all suffering for it. A benefit is a gift from an organization which is healthy, profitable and successful and is wishing to share its good fortune, either with its employees or with its citizens, in order to gain their loyalty for the future.
When the federal government decided to transform what used to be called benefits as entitlements, they changed the rules of the game. An organization or a country which owes its employees or citizens an 'entitlement' must pay it, whether the organization or country is profitable, or teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. What's more, if the country will undergo great difficulty in paying the 'entitlement' doesn't matter to the recipients, who clamor for more-more-more, and misbehave in a quite shocking manner.