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.
“One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.”
“No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems – of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.”
One of the consequences of such notions as ‘entitlements’ is that people who have contributed nothing to society feel that society owes them something, apparently just for being nice enough to grace us with their presence.
In the U.S., most entitlement spending is earned, with benefits tied to contributions.
First, for the most part, those people are likely given a refund on their taxes - i.e. Earned Income Tax Credit so they actually don't pay into the system for the most part.
Second, the reason they "earn" the entitlement to my money is not because they do something for it (the usual definition of "earn") but by not doing something - i.e. earning a small amount of money from their job.
These people are made comfortable in their poverty by using force to take money from people who are productive (in essence punishing them) and giving it to those who are less productive (rewarding them). Great system!
Welfare Programs include 13 separate programs to fight poverty (see U.S. Welfare Programs) and the Medicaid Program which provides health care to low-income Americans. Welfare Programs and Medicaid are non-contributory, meaning recipients are entitled to the benefits even though they have made no contributions to the programs through taxes. Welfare Programs are targeted to low-income individuals and families. While the programs represent a legal right available to all Americans, the exercise of that right is fully dependent on the level of income of the individual of family. Only low-income Americans qualify for benefits.
So it is just as Sowell says. There are people who are entitled to my money whether they do anything beyond gracing us with their presence. .
Let's try this tack. Your Uncle Joe worked in the factory for nearly 30 years, until they shut it down. Then he did odd jobs for a few years, eventually landing a job building homes, at which he worked for another 10 years. All this time, he paid taxes, including payroll taxes. Finally, he was forced to retire at 65 due to his health, relying largely on his Social Security and Medicare benefits.
Go ahead. Tell Joe he is a welfare bum who feels entitled.