Trying to Cut Through The Fog!
One of the hot political topics is "entitlements." But what are they? Who are they? How much validity is there for entitling certain groups with special considerations? Do unwarranted entitlements drive a wedge between Americans? Judge for yourself!
Here is the definition of "Entitlements" from Merriam-Webster:
1 a : the state or condition of being entitled
b : a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract
2 : a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group; also : funds supporting or distributed by such a program
3 : belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges
Social Security: Millions of people have paid into this trust fund with certain expressed conditions and returns. Social Security contributions now equal about 40% of the Federal revenues. What is seldom mentioned is the fact that Social Security is the largest holder of Federal debt- more than twice of China's holdings. (Convenient Summary.) These funds are as equally valid as any other debt issued by the Federal government. Also see SSA Is Not Broke!
Medicare: Again millions of individuals have paid into this fund over the years. As currently established, Part A (hospital coverage) is pre-paid by retirees. Part B and Part D and Medigap are additional insurances that retirees can purchase through the government and/or private insurance. Most political leadership acknowledge that this fund is significantly under funded. The political rancor is over increasing the premiums or reducing benefits.
Medicaid: Now this program is a real mess and a discussion here would be complicated and beyond the scope of this page.
For details regarding Medicare and Medicaid, please see: Health & Human Services.
But Wait! There's More! Consider the following. Political correctness will be thrown out of the window here. These are issues that really raise the anger levels. These are issues of both entitlement by leadership and issues of "fairness" for the rank & file citizen.
Politicians feel free to engage in "Insider Trading" (See,
Obviously, this list can continue ad nauseam. But what this means to all citizens is that we need to examine whether we choose to buy into these "entitlements" promoted by those who wish to pursue political power over others. Some entitlements are legitimate. Others, not so much!
These political and social issues are trotted out by both politicians and political activists every time they want to appeal to some constituency or voter group. Alarmist emails flood our inboxes with dire warnings and half-truths and outright lies. There is seldom a clear explanation or rational discussion.
However, beneath all the verbiage there are significant, ignored facts and considerations that we need to be aware of. And, this is what Fogcutters is all about. Within these pages there is a lot of research and links for those seeking to understand the present political currents that can either lead us to a greater future OR can drag down an unwary nation.
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