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History Suggests That Entitlement Era Is Winding Down

Joseph64 Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 12:47 PM
In a country where people with Down Syndrome or paraplegia can find gainful employment, there is no excuse for anyone collecting public assistance who has full control over their mind and body. Sixth, we need regulatory reform. There are far too many rules and regulations that cost too much money for businesses to comply with that kill jobs. We will never go back to the days when you could work for one company all your life and retire with a guaranteed pension until those things are done.
Joseph64 Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 1:05 PM
In other words, the conditions that existed at the beginning of the era must also exist at the end of the era in order for the era to continue. You cannot sustain the system when all the conditions that sustain it have changed in the intervening years.
It's often good fun and sometimes revealing to divide American history into distinct periods of uniform length. In working on my forthcoming book on American migrations, internal and immigrant, it occurred to me that you could do this using the American-sounding interval of 76 years, just a few years more than the Biblical lifespan of three score and 10.

It was 76 years from Washington's First Inaugural in 1789 to Lincoln's Second Inaugural in 1865. It was 76 years from the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse in 1865 to the attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Going backward, it was 76 years...