New Rule: If You Enjoy Social Security and Medicare, Stop Trying to End These Programs for the Rest of Us

socialsecuritySocial Security and Medicare continue to be hot button topics in this country.  They’re absolutely vital for our nation as they provide a safety net for millions of Americans who otherwise might be out on the streets.

Millions of conservatives call them “entitlements,”  implying that millions of Americans are lazy “takers” looking for a free handout.  That they’re “entitled” to these benefits.

I loathe the word “entitlements.”

The word itself is defined as:

Entitlement: the state or condition of being entitled : a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract

That’s is not what Social Security and Medicare are.  These are programs Americans pay into.  They’re programs our employers pay into.  They’re programs we’ve earned.

So it’s insulting to say Americans feel “entitled” to something which we’ve paid into.

What insults me even more are the millions of Americans that are adamant that their “entitlements” not be touched.  All while voting for politicians, such as Paul Ryan, who support legislation that would essentially end these programs for future recipients.

It’s complete bullshit.  Here you have millions of Americans who enjoy receiving their “entitlements,” voting for people who run on a platform of how terrible they are for Americans.

Tell me, if Medicare is so terrible, why does the program receive mostly positive ratings from those who receive it?  In fact, seniors on Medicare give the program higher marks than younger Americans who have employer-based health insurance.

So it’s just pathetically hypocritical when I see these people sit there collecting their Social Security check and enjoying their heavily government subsidized Medicare , all while opposing the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and supporting a party which is actively trying to destroy both programs for future generations.

They talk a lot about not wanting to saddle our future generations with debt.  You know the tired line of, “Your grandchilden’s grandchildren will be paying for this debt”—yet they don’t seem to have any issues with destroying Social Security and Medicare for their very own children.

It’s nearly a pure form of complete selfishness.  Millions of conservative Americans screaming, “We need smaller federal government, and entitlements are killing our nation—but I want a bigger Social Security check, better Medicare benefits and you damn sure better not attempt to change my “entitlements”—otherwise I’ll vote your ass out!”

Because like I said, if conservatives think these programs are so terrible, why are those conservatives receiving them so adamant about having no changes to what they get?

Here’s a rule: If you don’t want someone to come in and take away your “entitlements,” don’t support the politicians who are trying to destroy them for everyone else. What’s so hard to understand about that concept?

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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