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Greatest Generation the Most Entitled

Mary of MO Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 9:45 AM
Jonah: You have your generations wrong. Social Security was invented for the WWI vets and their elders. My mother (who would have been 104 this month) had a couple of uncles who fought in WWI. One of them, after making deposits into S.S. beginning in what - 1933(?), retired in 1955 and lived on S.S. till he died in 1985!

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...