They Are Not Entitlements, Damn It!

Earned BenefitsThe Right (Republicans) are all sounding out the cries of the alarm that the rationale for their electoral drubbing this year is all related to the idea that Democrats are Santa Claus and everyone knows that you can’t beat Santa Claus. As Mitt so in-eloquently stated “There are 47 percent of the people…..  who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.” The clear and unambiguous implication here is that the nation has become a bunch of leechers or in the philosophy of Ayn Rand  the nation is now made up  of “makers” subsidizing society’s “takers.” With this philosophy as the foundation of Republicon party, the right has found some extremely misplaced solace in the idea that their philosophies are not wrong; it’s just that America is made up of lazy bums that lavish at the teet of Big Gommerment “government”. You know “That that’s entitlement”, as Millard famously said!

Entitlement is what the Right “Republicons and Libertarians” call Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and unemployment insurance. This elitist reference to our “social safety-net” needs to be halted and rewritten in all halls of our political debates. Merriam-Webster dictionary online defines an “entitlement” as belief that one is deserving or entitled to certain privileges and neither Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid  or unemployment fall under this umbrella. All of the so-called “entitlement programs” are funded by the very same Americans that receive them. They are all forms of social insurance that we collectively pay for and  therefore should collectively receive. The Republicon party and their great wordsmiths has stolen the essential visage of these programs to the point that even Democrats are referring to them as entitlements. They are not entitlements, DAMN IT!

It is amazing that some reference to these programs as entitlements when they are all funded by very hardworking citizens of the United States of America; they are earned benefits, much like any other form of insurance. This is the point that a well thought-out analogy is in order to get the overall jest of this exposition  When one purchases insurance on their home they are given an explanation of benefits, guidelines, and costs. Upon agreement of the said policies the insured person pays for years for the agreed upon insurance. The moment that they have a flood, fire or any other covered event that damages their home they are due to receive the benefits of their insurance plan. The moment they receive the agreed upon and paid for benefits of their insurance plan they are only receiving what was due to them by that insurance policy. This is the analogical example of how our social safety-net programs were designed and have worked to this day.

Would one refer to home owners insurance as an “entitlement” when one finally receives benefits from said policy? Amazingly, it has been the concerted effort of some to make this disconnect connect. Americans need to embrace the understanding that these programs are “earned benefits” like they embrace a beautiful lover. Do not let this perpetual mis-labeling of Medicare, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and Medicaid avert your understanding of the true relationship between our social safety nets and the citizens that have earned the right to receive them. The United States government, in reply to the first Great Republican Depression and with an understanding that we are only as strong as our weakest link, created this compact with the American people. The compact was created and supported by Americans in order to ensure that the United States has a minimum level of citizenship in this great country, as a means to keep this the country the shining beacon of the world.

Do not let the financially elite zealots and their ilk widen the rift in our society by creating a disdain in the minds of some Americans for those who Americans that receive what is their contractual right to receive, (social safety net programs). With minor tweaks to each social safety net, America can continue the glorious “Progressive” path that has made America great. Progression, not Regression, is the way to economic, social, and moral justice in this great country that we call home!

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