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Greatest Generation the Most Entitled

adjinstructor Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 10:04 AM
It has been reported in the news that after Chavez died on Tuesday, a woman in Caracas was quoted as saying through tears 'Who will take care of me now?" She honestly believes that at 27, her life is over because she has never been taught she should be responsible for herself. We are facing the same crisis. Much has been said that both parties know of the impeding debt debacle but continue to 'kick the can down the road' so that some other politician will have to teal with SS and Medicare financial failures. The problem has always been that current politicians always make promises that can't be kept, but the problem is always faced 20-30 years in the future. By 2030 or so the whole house of cards will collapse.
R.3 Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 12:44 PM
I agree ADJ. Once a newly elected politician gets a look at the underbelly of the beast known as federal expenditures, they soon realize the futility of changing what generations of voters have come to rely on as entitlements. The can gets kicked down the road to avert an insurrection that would come about as a result of telling nearly 50% of the populace the federal gov't can't afford to support you any longer. Hence, we get the dog and pony show that has now become standard procedure for exhibiting fiscal responsibility by politicians. Ten year "projections" have been as successful as the communist five year plans.

One thing nearly everybody agrees upon is that the "sequester" is a silly sideshow to the real challenge facing America: unsustainable spending on entitlements. Ironies abound. Democrats, with large support from young people, tend to believe that we must build on the legacy bequeathed to us by the New Deal and the Great Society. Republicans, who marshaled considerable support from older voters in their so-far losing battle against Obamacare, argue that we need to start fresh.

Perhaps it's time for both sides to consider an underappreciated fact of American life: The system we are trying to perpetuate was created for the...