Where is the “entitlement society,” also known as the Dependency Plantation, taking us – not just some, but all of us?
This article addresses where we are heading and the destination is not a good one for those who enjoy and wish to retain freedoms. Some are temporary beneficiaries and probably enjoy that. However, I wonder how many desire the ultimate destruction of our society – and hence of the sources of their benefits — that can result should their goals be achieved.
First, a quick review of the entitlement situation:
What is monumentally new about the American state today is the vast empire of entitlement payments that it protects, manages and finances. Within living memory, the federal government has become an entitlements machine. As a day-to-day operation, it devotes more attention and resources to the public transfer of money, goods and services to individual citizens than to any other objective, spending more than for all other ends combined.
The growth of entitlement payments over the past half-century has been breathtaking. In 1960, U.S. government transfers to individuals totaled about $24 billion in current dollars, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. By 2010 that total was almost 100 times as large. Even after adjusting for inflation and…
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