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Why the entitlement state?

Armstrong Williams | 12/6/2012, 12:48 p.m.
At Thanksgiving, embracing the winds of change and increasing our faith

I hear a lot from older people that they "paid in" and therefore that they "earned" their benefits. This is the saddest of all the arguments for entitlements, because it betrays that they have been lied to. This is not how entitlements work: You do not have an account in Washington with your name on it that you simply draw from. You pay taxes that pay for current retirees, and when you retire, someone else pays for you.

It is, as Gov. Rick Perry so controversially remarked, a Ponzi scheme, and as with every other Ponzi scheme, those who got in early get theirs, and those who came later get fleeced.

So what do we do? Well, when a thing is unsustainable--as all of our entitlement programs are--then they must be made sustainable or end. And the sooner that we do this, the less will we all have to suffer.

Imagine my dismay, then, upon reading in National Journal that Sens. Charles Schumer and Dick Durbin announced that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is "not bringing entitlements to the table" in fiscal cliff negotiations.

In that case, all I can say is: END MEDICARE. VOTE DEMOCRAT.

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