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Bill Nadzak Wrote: It really frosts me when people get on television and talk about Social Security and Medicare as entitlements. These are not entitlements! I have recently retired and have paid into, both mine and my company's contribution on my behalf, Social Security and Medicare for about 45 years. How are these entitlements, if I have paid all these years?
Good point. I myself have been making it for many years.
But I've also been pointing out that the deceivers who got so many people to THINK of Social Security and Medicare as "entitlements" are the very people who believe that their wealth entitles them to rule
Those who believe that their wealth entitles them to rule are like the Hamiltonian Federalists who fought Thomas Jefferson's and James Madison's Democratic Republican Party in 1800.
Like the Hamiltonian Federalists in 1800, the modern Reaganite "religious right" has increasingly been claiming they are fighting to establish a "Christian Meritocracy," and they have concocted a "Gospel of Prosperity" as their rationale and justification, which declares that their wealth is a reward from God and the poor deserve to be poor because they are just lazy.
They have been successful because there is some truth to what they say. But they focus on certain half-truths, and simply ignore the golden rule. In fact, they turn Christianity up-side-down.
For instance, it is true that people should be self-reliant and we generally do reap what we sow. However, our political economic system is rigged so that many find it difficult if not impossible to be self-reliant, and the forces of greed and self-interest have stacked the deck so that they rake in unjust profits and financial gains and reap what they did not
sow -- getting richer and richer while the middle class shrinks, the working poor population grows, and poverty, hunger and homelessness increase.
By the way, I echo the message and the sentiments written at http://messenger.cjcmp.org