Ok, now I am going to get all middle school term paper wonky on you:
entitlement: noun the fact of having a right to something.
Over the past dozen or more years, the Republicans have been spitting out the word entitlement in such a way as to alter its meaning and imbue it with a negative connotation. And when they are talking about entitlements they are talking about the basic long term federal programs: Social Security and Medicare.
Two programs that are significantly responsible for keeping millions of America’s elders out of dire poverty and provide health care that supports a healthier happier retirement. I can’t imagine any American on the street wants to see our parents or grandparents lose these basic benefits.
But why denigrate them? Because the Republicans want to do away with them or privatize them or find ways to shift the benefits accrued from these programs to their sponsors and benefactors…not actually to improve the lot of Americans at large.
So they try to make entitlements seem like a bad thing…and maybe relying on their base not precisely understanding what they mean.
But entitlements are entitlements because You are entitled to them. Every pay check you have ever earned included your contribution to Social Security. If you are of a certain age every pay check you have ever earned includes a contribution to Medicare. And your employer provides contributions as well. You are entitled to them…it is Your money.
Be aware that there will be a concerted effort during the Trump regime, by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and his cohort to take your hard earned entitlements away from you. Be aware…and make sure you protect these valuable programs that you’ve bought and paid for!