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The entitlement crisis in America

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Are the issues with entitlement programs the sole cause of the problem or a symptom of rising income inequality over the past 20 years?

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You mean when we had a lot more evenly distributed resources in the US, we generally had our best economic times? And when there was a giant gap between the rich and the rest of us' access to resources, we had bad times?

That can't be true, as we all know, thanks to the Great Reagan, that making the rich richer makes us all richer!

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^^Exactly. Old timer nimrods don't have the critical thinking necessary to understand why there are so many poor people that need assistance to me daily needs as opposed to living out on the street.

It's easier to hate the "takers" as opposed to assesing why there are so damn many poor people to begin with.

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Predictable response from the liberal idiots....disregard statistics and claim there is no issue.

With the number of people in this country paying no federal income taxes and the % of people in this country on government entitlement programs (49% of people pay no federal income tax and 35% of people are on means tested entitlment programs)....

with what... 100% crossover? wanna draw up that venn diagram?

jesus... talk about statistics.

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But the pool of working-age government disability recipients may be even larger than those getting funds just from the Social Security disability programs alone. The Department of Health and Human Services reports that more than 12.4 million working-age Americans obtained disability income support from all government programs in 2011. That's more than the total number of employees in the manufacturing sector of the economy.

i have no idea how i'm supposed to contextualize this. Is there some sort of ratio of disability workers to manufacturing jobs that needs to be met or time-space rips in two?

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Are the issues with entitlement programs the sole cause of the problem or a symptom of rising income inequality over the past 20 years?

A bit of both I would guess.

Here is a good opinion piece on "The race between meritocracy and government:"

This is not to make a partisan point. The Republicans do not have a better approach. It’s simply to say that the liberal agenda is not very good at addressing the inequality problem it seeks to solve. The meritocracy is overwhelming the liberal project.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/25/opinion/brooks-the-great-migration.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

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The "entitlement crisis" is like so many other problems in America. It's not that much of a problem if we stopped pretending it didn't address a problem that's actually there. We then come up with "simple" solutions that pretty much is just extended denial.

Teen Pregnancy - Well, just don't have sex!

Drug Problem - Don't do drugs!

High # of Firearms Deaths - Be responsible with your guns!

Poverty - Stop being lazy!

Income inequality - Pull yourself up by your bootstraps!

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The "entitlement crisis" is like so many other problems in America. It's not that much of a problem if we stopped pretending it didn't address a problem that's actually there. We then come up with "simple" solutions that pretty much is just extended denial.

Teen Pregnancy - Well, just don't have sex!

Drug Problem - Don't do drugs!

High # of Firearms Deaths - Be responsible with your guns!

Poverty - Stop being lazy!

Income inequality - Pull yourself up by your bootstraps!

Exactly, it's not really an entitlement crisis. The growth in entitlement reliance isn't the problem, it's a symptom.

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Predictable response from the liberal idiots....disregard statistics and claim there is no issue.

With the number of people in this country paying no federal income taxes and the % of people in this country on government entitlement programs (49% of people pay no federal income tax and 35% of people are on means tested entitlment programs)....not to mention the astounding growth in people on these programs....only a complete and utter moron could make a statement that there is not a SERIOUS problem.

The programs were originally designed as temporary assistance programs to help people get back on their feet. However, they have turned into a means of generational support for MILLIONS of people in this country.

Keep offering the handouts and people will continue to accept them.

hey tubby, what say you about wage stagnation in the face of increasing worker productivity?

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more is getting done with less people. not to mention having one worker doing the work of three at the moment.

tech/automation growth, smart capabilities+less workers+increased productivity=wage stagnation

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