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Hamilcar Barca Wrote: Feb 09, 2013 2:34 PM
The parasitic entitlement class plus the unions backed politicians who promised to give them money and services in return. Eventually the parasite class grew to the point that the productive members of society began to leave as a matter of self preservation. The politicians' promise curve was far steeper than the production growth curve. The result is a massive deficit.

There was a time, not long ago, when both Republicans and Democrats agreed that something had to be done about entitlement spending — especially spending on the elderly. But no longer.

Although he promised in his first run for the presidency to reform Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, Barack Obama seems increasingly unwilling to do any of that now.

• The leftwing of the Democratic Party seems increasingly shrill in its insistence that there is no need for any fundamental reform of entitlement spending.

• Even in the left-of-center think tanks and on the liberal blogs, one finds...