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Now It's Time for the Entitlement Cliff

Ginger12 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 6:31 AM
I don't see SS as an entitlement, people paid into this retirement fund for 45+ years, just because the government spent the money, the people still should be covered as they would be under any other retirement program. Now, we need to look at the entitlement retirements and benefits provided to the federal government and Congress....this is where we need to start and then work our way through Medicaid, Unemployment, Disability (making it difficult to get if you can work), Medicare, etc.
Vladilyich Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 11:42 AM
I earned a better than average salary all of my working life and always hit the tax limit for over 50 years. The last accounting I received from SSI showed that I had accrued over $500,000. Any politician that tries cutting that will find out in court that I demand to receive the entire balance in my account in one lump sum. I received no interest on my money, they will not receive any tax on my money.

Frank391 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 9:31 AM
But in reality SS is an entitlement program. The people paid into it for 45+ years and yes they are entitled to get their money back. But the libs have so perverted the language that welfare is now an entitlement. Nobody is entitled to somebody elses money.
SpaceVegetable Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 5:38 PM
Part of the problem is the demonization of the word "entitlement." Social Security and Medicare are entitlements because people have paid into them and are *entitled* to get money from them when they retire. Welfare and food stamps are *not* entitlements. No one is "entitled" to leech off the taxpayers. They are *welfare* programs. The problem here is that liberals are twisting the word "entitlement" because calling it "welfare" might hurt someone's feelings. I say, too bad! You *should* be embarrassed to be on welfare. Why should it be easy for those using the program? They already bend over backwards, not even making welfare recipients go to city hall like everyone else to register to vote. I sympathize with those who have fallen on...
SpaceVegetable Wrote: Jan 02, 2013 5:39 PM
... hard times through no fault of theirown, but there should be motivations to get people off of welfare as soon as possible. It should not be an easy and comfortable lifestyle.

As the clock winds down on 2012, the Fiscal Cliff is all anyone seems capable of discussing. Right now it appears that some sort of narrow deal has just emerged that will include raising tax rates on family income over $450,000 a year, increasing the estate tax rate, extending unemployment benefits for one year, and delaying spending cuts.

But the prospect of higher taxes and the great uncertainty that has surrounded this fiscal fiasco has been acting like sand in the gears of the complex but sputtering U.S. economy. If additional taxes are not matched by real cuts in government...