Does the government owe us a living?
That depends on who you think owns the country. Is it a nation of the people as in "We the people". Or is it a nation that belongs to those who personally own most of the land and the means of production.
If this is a nation of the people then the general welfare of the people should be at the top of our to do list for the government. But, from what I see, the nation is actually owned by those who, through their wealth, control even what they don't personally own.
Since those who own the means of production are able to shop for cheap labor anywhere on the globe the American laborer has become redundant and therefore of no concern to the nation. That is why the administration empaneled labor haters like Alan Simpson and Erskin Bowles to recommend budget cures like cutting Social Security and medicare.
According to our present government, NO! The quicker most of us blue collar guys die, the better for controlling the deficit.