(From an Angry Guest Contributor.)
"ENTITLEMENT" is NOT a 4-Letter Word! Entitlements are NOT dirty words.
But some Tea Party/Republican politicians are trying to make Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid dirty words in the American language so as to destroy these safety-net programs for millions of Americans.
"Unsustainable", they say. "Welfare programs for dead beats", we hear.
The Debt Ceiling Debacle has brought clarity to where our so called elected 'representatives' pay their homages. That clarity is that most Americans have no government representation at all.
The corporations and the rich have representation. WE DO NOT!
When the 'dept ceiling' package is signed sealed and delivered the record will show the Bush Tax Cuts to the rich remain in tact. The record will show no change in corporate tax structure.
The record will also show cuts to Medicare and Social Security and the Vets Administration among other social programs.
The rich will continue to pay less taxes (18% according to Forbes Magazine-July 2011) than the rest of us who are still lucky enough to be working AND the oil companies will still have their subsidies at tax payer expense. And government 'representatives' will still have their perks including full out medical, dental and vision care insurances at tax payer expense.
This IS AMERICA FOLKS! This is OUR AMERICA!
On second thought, perhaps "ENTITLEMENT" IS A 4-LETTER WORD and the idea and IDEAL that once was AMERICA is too!