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Entitlement Reforms

oneworld321 Wrote: Sep 11, 2012 9:51 PM
We can change our dependent nanny state of freebies/entitlements overnight by demanding that only landowners, those gainfully employed and taxpayers be allowed to vote. Those with no vested interest or not contributing to society would be precluded from voting. Politicians would no longer pander to the later group for votes in exchange for freebies, etc.

For those of us who like to believe that human beings are rational, trying to explain what happens in politics can be a real challenge.

For example, that segment of the population that has the least to fear from a reform of Medicare or Social Security is the most fearful -- namely, those already receiving Medicare or Social Security benefits.

It is understandable that people heavily dependent on these programs would fear losing their benefits, especially after a lifetime of paying into these programs. But nobody in his right mind has even proposed taking away the...