Entitlement Nation

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Some people stay on the food stamp entitlement program practically all their lives. According to a Yahoo.com blogger, food stamps are “not meant to be someone’s income for their entire life unless they are mentally challenged or injured. They don’t feel bad about spending other people’s money; they just seem to think it is the way it should be. They never feel bad or guilty that they are sucking money out of society. I work at Wal-Mart and see the same people every day buying things on food stamps. One time a man bought $87 on just candy and pop…that tells me this person does not really need to be on food stamps. While checking at Wal-Mart, this girl (commented) ‘food should not be taxed, because it is a need.’ While saying this, she was paying with food stamps.”

For more than 40 years the food stamp program, now called SNAP, for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has been a mainline entitlement program to aid low-income families. SNAP now puts food on the tables of 28 million people every month, according to About.com—U.S. Government Information. In general, people who work for low wages, are unemployed, work part time, get public assistance, are elderly or disabled and have a small income may be eligible.

The Democrat-controlled Senate barely missed giving retirees, disabled and veterans a $250 hand-out to make up for the loss of the cost-of-living increase (COLA) they normally get. Logic, of course, would dictate that because there’s no inflation, why is a COLA justified, especially at a cost of $13 billion? This COLA has been an annual entitlement since 1975.

TEFAP is the acronym for The Emergency Food Assistance Program, a federally funded, state assisted entitlement for low-income families providing them with emergency food at no cost. Not to be confused with TANF, which stands for Temporary Assistance For Needy Families. Its beneficiaries are families with dependent children and women in their last three months of pregnancy. It also helps recipients find jobs—if they want to work. Then there’s SSI, or supplemental security income. It’s a needs-based program for those who have never worked, or those whose earnings in recent years have been low enough to result in a small Social Security benefit, or no benefit at all. Subsidized housing or “social housing” is government-supported accommodation for people with low to moderate incomes. Forms of subsidies for housing include direct housing subsidies, non-profit housing, public housing, rent supplements and some forms of co-operative and private sector housing. Cost runs in the hundreds of billions.

George Bush helped create the prescription drug program for seniors, which made Medicare more expensive. Obama finally got his national health entitlement. ObamaCare was written to make it appear to improve Medicare’s financial picture. But one had to assume that the tough changes the law said would occur actually would take place.

Those assumptions, however, are implausible, according to Richard S. Foster the straight-talking Chief Actuary of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The actuary said the unfunded obligation for Medicare Part A (doctor visits) for was $13.4 trillion, not $2.4 trillion ObamaCare listed as unfunded liability in 2010.

All this does not mean there should be no help for the truly needy. But finally, there’s now the entitlement of wireless welfare. Namely, free cell phones and 250 calling minutes paid for all individuals eligible for food stamps, Medicaid, and other programs if they have an income at or below 133 percent of the poverty level of $14,404. The federal cell phone tab is over $1 billion.

In an Entitlement Society, a nation can stagnate. It’s a society fit for drones, rewarding sloth and blind obedience. It penalizes innovators, risk-takers, and achievers. Is that what we want for America?

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  • davarino

    Its like young children, if you dont push them out of the house to go get a job they will stick around forever and lay around doing nothing. I agree, lets help the needy, but the rest need to be pushed out of the house and become self sufficient. Its good for them, its good for us, its good for the nation. Tuff love works, and yes I am greedy and want to hold onto as much of my money as I can : )

    And the rest of you filthy politicians need to go get a job as well

    • John Gault

      Until you and all other Americans are will to say “ to hell with the needy” and mean it we will always have this entitlement mentality. Nowhere in the constitution does it say anything about taking money from some Americans to give it to others based on “need”.

  • iyzablue

    Entitlement and political correction has been killing this nation for far too many years. It will take good men to make difficult decisions once we get them into office. It will take more than a few years to get young skulls full of mush to learn true history and not what they have learned in the public school system. I am one of those skulls who has had to do my own learning of real history and I am 51 years old. I cannot imagine what most young people have learned (not learned) since 1977.

  • hardroad1999

    "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
    Alexis de Tocqueville

  • tanstaafl

    There are Makers, Takers and Fakers. When the Takers and Fakers out number the Makers, the end is in sight.

  • blotto

    "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship." Alexander Tytler

    Well he was right and here we are. Are white progressives really that ideologically blind or so duped by their own rhetoric that they do not see the end. Do they not see a public that now fully vested in government largesse that once there is no more wealth they cannot be bribed that civil war will begin. Do they not see that as the government feeds more and more people that less money will go for defense; and if we are even more defenseless we will suffer an attack. Do they not see that Islam will move into the vacuum that once was our republic. Do they not see that even as white progressives, once the money ends they too will be hunted down and eliminated like the rest of white America and that they will have caused the death of America?

    • readyforit

      Time to become TOTALY self sufficient. The government will not be around to give and will only take. Buy guns and ammo, learn to reload, learn to repair what you have, teach your family, friends and neighbors.

  • noodle

    blotto, the white progressives are not dupes. They know exactly what they are doing. They desire to be the dictators and us under their boot.

  • evergreen78

    I like what Dennis Miller said: "We don't mind helping the helpless, but we're tired of helping the CLUELESS."

  • USMCSniper

    The old saying is true: " if you give a man a fish, he will come back the every day demanding more fish from you; but, if you teach him how to catch his own fish, he will be independent and self sufficient for a lifetime." The goal of all statists is the creation of dependency classes at all levels so that their power to loot wealth from the self sufficient is consolidated.

  • George

    Your source is a Yahoo questions forum?

    Couldn't you at least get your lazy self to look up some facts and figures if you were going to write about this subject.

  • Samurai Hit Woman

    Obama is out to bankrupt the country so he can make it over into the image he imagines. But first he has to tear the building down to reconstruct a building of his making.

  • oldatlantic

    That old Chinese saying needs to be updated. If you give Mexicans the jobs that take a back and Chinese and Indians the jobs that take the mind, then you will have to support the rest, which may be hard for you after you gave away your own job.

  • Liane

    I want someone to deal with this issue in TRUE HONEST terms!! First of all, why is everyone in this country "lumping" Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid & Welfare all together under the term entitlements!!! My mother and father and grandparents WORKED and paid into Social Security their entire lives (2 are still working) and they are "ENTITLED" to those benefits. Welfare/Medicaid recipients have most likely never worked, here they start in high school having their babies so they can get more check, and they NOT entitled to a darn thing because they have not earned it. Man up and admit that the welfare system has become nothing more than a big fat BRIBE!!! It is a bribe for politicians votes and a bribe to prevent an uprising of minorities like happens in other countries where they either don't have that kind of benefit or where they have been taken away. In other words, "keep sending me my check, or I won't vote for you" or "keep sending me my check or we'll all riot and kill, rob, etc. all of ya'll". It's insane!!! Stop talking about the benefits the working class earned as if the entitlements of Social Security and Medicare are dirty words, we paid that money in and the ones of us who worked for all that money ARE ENTITLED to those benefits if we live long enough. Come on people, right is right and wrong is wrong. Wake up, this country has been under a serf society system for years and everyone acts like we should be worried that we are going to turn into one… WE ARE already one.