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History Suggests That Entitlement Era Is Winding Down

Mickeymike2 Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 11:30 AM
Here's the way I look at it. I'm 77 and still working in MY business. It's one that my wife and I created . . . despite the government's intervention. Throughout my business career I was FORCED to pay into Social Security, Medicare, state unemployment and federal unemployment for myself, my wife and my employees. All told I estimate that we, as a company and as individuals, have contributed more than a million dollars to the government that, in turn, used it for whatever purpose they could dream of. Our government throughout my lifetime has considered my money and your money as theirs to spend in anyway they could/can dream of with absolutely no regard for the reality of their actions . . . their only concern has been power & re-election.
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...