Friday, January 04, 2013
I am tired of all the talk about "entitlement" spending -- Medicare, Social Security, and so forth. These programs are not "entitlements," they are commitments. We as a society (and our government) have committed to pay people from these funds. If we cut these "entitlements," we're really reneging on our commitments -- legal, moral, and otherwise.
As such, I think we all (including the media) need to start using the word "commitment" instead of the misleading e-word. Same goes for talk about company pensions and retirement funds -- all commitments that companies have made to their employees. Leave the "entitlement" word to talk about those truly entitled, chiefly the filthy rich.