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History Suggests That Entitlement Era Is Winding Down

Sean245 Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 9:33 AM
In reference to the discussions below: Social Security and welfare produce the same result, that is, people looking to government for their salvation. It doesn’t matter that we paid into SS or that our representatives raided it, its failure was inevitable because it’s a government run program. I’m pushing 50 and would be willing to forfeit all I’ve put into that sink hole since I started working just to see it go away, that would be the most satisfying return on my investment. As for taking history in 76 year increments; it does give perspective on what can happen in a relatively short period of time. I think Obama, however, is just the beginning of a new era where everything we knew as America has changed, this is the seminal moment where
Sean245 Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 9:33 AM
...the ground has shifted beneath our feet.
Kirk Mac Wrote: Jan 14, 2013 9:35 AM
I agree, and I am not sure we can change course.
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...