May 9, 2015

DEFENDING THESE PROGRAMS IS WHAT THE TEA PATY WAS FOR:

Why anti-government tea partiers still love government entitlements (Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, May 8, 2015, The Week)

Many conservatives and tea party types talk a good game about shrinking government and cutting spending, but also react virulently when an entitlement they cherish, like Social Security and Medicare, is threatened. [...]

The most common piece of rhetoric used to defend these programs is that once you had "paid into" them throughout your working life, you are entitled to the benefits you paid for. You are entitled to reap what you have sown.

But this is not how Social Security actually works. What you sow goes into a giant black hole. What you reap comes out of that same black hole, but it doesn't have all that much to do with what goes in, at least not directly. Instead of reaping your own crops, you reap your children's crops, but that is artfully concealed.

It was old white people who were afraid their programs would get cut to fund "socialism."

Posted by at May 9, 2015 9:24 AM
  

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