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History Suggests That Entitlement Era Is Winding Down

SD3 Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 12:24 PM
This is an interesting thesis, but the current era is more succinctly summed up by the Stein thesis: "If something cannot go on forever, it will stop," And you can't continue to consume more than you produce forever.
George257 Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 3:05 PM
That is certainly succinct, and unarguably true. Only liberals pretend not to realise it.
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...