Entitlement Programs on Townhall

Walter E. Williams - Wed Apr 25

The Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation does a yeoman's job of keeping track of how much we're paying in taxes and who's paying what. It turns out that American taxpayers worked this year from Jan. 1 to April 17, 107 days, to earn enough money to pay their federal, state and local tax bills. That statistic requires some clarification, and I ask my readers to help me examine it. ... more

Marvin Olasky - Mon Mar 26

On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank. The following year a constitutional amendment made possible the graduated income tax, and Congress set a top rate of 7 percent on incomes above $11 million (in 2012 dollars). ... more

Katie Pavlich - Mon Mar 26

Bill O'Reilly - Sat Mar 24

Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi's daughter, has unleashed a firestorm of social controversy by interviewing some welfare recipients who told her on camera that they believe they're entitled to "Obama money." That is, welfare checks. ... more

Chuck Norris - Tue Mar 20

The video that the late Andrew Breitbart released of Barack Obama during his Harvard days revealed one more link in the president's early chain of associations with radicals. But I watched a video a couple of weeks ago that I believe is far more incriminating for our president because it shows the present fallout from his radical agenda, including the redistribution of wealth. ... more

New York - Tue Mar 20

Welfare isn't working. Bill O'Reilly, Mary Katharine Ham and Juan Williams discuss the issue. ... more

John C. Goodman - Sat Mar 17

Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other social insurance programs are bankrupting America. They will produce ever-escalating deficits for as far as the eye can see. ... more

John C. Goodman - Sat Mar 10

In the United States, the national debt now equals 100 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), and is still growing. With the retirement of the baby boomer generation, 78 million additional people will turn to the federal government for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits — roughly $40,000 per beneficiary per year, on the average. ... more

Scott Rasmussen - Fri Mar 9

Many Republicans talk of an entitlement mentality that threatens the character and finances of the United States. In their view, the problem is that too many voters feel entitled to goodies provided by the government and financed by taxpayers. ... more

Michael Barone - Thu Mar 8

Kicking the can down the road. That's been the Obama administration's response on issues from Iran's nuclear weapons program to America's entitlement systems. ... more

Austin Hill - Sun Mar 4

“We are five days away,” the future President famously said in October of 2008, “from fundamentally transforming the United States of America…” ... more

Nicole Kurokawa - Tue Feb 28

Here we are, in the last week of February, discussing the extension of unemployment benefits. Again. Wasn’t Groundhog Day supposed to be on February 2? ... more

Pat Buchanan - Fri Feb 24

"I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I'll fix it." Thus did Mitt Romney supposedly commit the gaffe of the month -- for we are not to speak of the poor without unctuous empathy. ... more

Judge Andrew Napolitano - Thu Feb 23

What if you are only allowed to vote because it doesn't make a difference? What if no matter how you vote, the elites get to have it their way? ... more

Jon Sanders - Tue Feb 14

Vampires are bloodsucking monsters that live forever but can be killed by sunlight. The impulse to compare them to out-of-control government is certainly understandable. ... more

Guy Benson - Mon Feb 13

Walter E. Williams - Wed Feb 8

Let's think about the kind of mess that we're in. Federal 2010 Medicare and Medicaid expenditures totaled $800 billion. The projected annual growth of both programs is about 7 percent. Social Security expenditures are more than $700 billion a year. ... more

Robert Knight - Tue Jan 31

When I was a copy editor at the Los Angeles Times, a young reporter submitted an article about a single mother having trouble obtaining government checks. The story was designed to elicit outrage at callous bureaucrats who should be showering this poor woman with subsidies. I asked the reporter if she knew anything about the father. Was he providing any assistance? Was he a deadbeat dad? ... more

David Limbaugh - Fri Jan 6

President Obama is calling for dramatic defense cuts that could threaten our national survival while obstructing structural reforms to our entitlement programs that are essential for our national financial survival. It just doesn't get much worse than this. ... more

Rachel Alexander - Fri Dec 16

The Democrats are accusing Republicans in Congress of opposing the extension of payroll tax cuts. On the face of it, something seems wrong. ... more

Michael Barone - Mon Nov 28

What should be done about income inequality? That basic question underlies the arguments hashed out in the supercommittee and promises to be a central issue in the presidential campaign. ... more

Thomas Sowell - Tue Nov 22

"Alice in Wonderland" was written by a professor who also wrote a book on symbolic logic. So it is not surprising that Alice encountered not only strange behavior in Wonderland, but also strange and illogical reasoning -- of a sort too often found in the real world, and which a logician would be very much aware of. ... more