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History Suggests That Entitlement Era Is Winding Down

Mike4603 Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 11:42 AM
I object to Social Security, Medicare being refered to as "Entitlements" I paid into Social Security for 55 years, and Medicaresince its inseption. Had congress not used those as sluch funds to finance every cockamamy idea they could come up with they would be sustainable.
Birdman III Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 12:02 PM
Mike, I agree with you. But, when push comes to shove, your, and my, money is gone and there is nothing we can do about. I am already making plans to work throughout my retirement because I know that SS will not be there. Roosevelt's little baby will destroy America... it is the nature of Socialism.
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...