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History Suggests That Entitlement Era Is Winding Down

MoreFreedom Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 10:29 AM
Barone tries to make a case that "The original arrangements in each 76-year period became unworkable and unraveled toward its end." This is a bit of generalizing, rationalization and his idea of fun. He then tells us the Democrats want to keep the welfare state (correctly) and says this about the Republicans: "Some leaders of the other party are advancing ideas for adapting a system that worked reasonably well in an industrial age dominated by seemingly eternal big units into something that can prove workable in an information age experiencing continual change and upheaval wrought by innovations in the market economy." What? This is so ambiguous as to mean nothing. And didn't Romney attack Obama for his Medicare cuts?
MoreFreedom Wrote: Jan 15, 2013 10:30 AM
Barone sure makes a case that he's for big government welfare programs.

Given its shortcomings, this was one of Barone's more entertaining articles, but still worse than most other pundits'. Barone is a good example of the disconnect between conservatives, and the RNC and most of our Republican Congressmen.
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...