March 27, 2012

Entitled States of America: We Want More!

Charles Sykes, The Fiscal Times

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Milton Friedman may have argued that there is no such thing as a free lunch, but you'd have a hard time convincing millions of Americans of that today. They know better "“ or at least they think they do.

A record 46.5 million Americans rely on food stamps, and in 2010 the federal government paid out more money in the form of benefits than it collected in federal income taxes. But perhaps the most striking measure of the success of the entitlement state has been the way it's eroded the stigma of being on the dole, while spreading dependency as a virtue as widely as possible. In other words: Everybody should buy everybody's free lunch. And free breakfast too. (Did I mention free dinner also would be nice?)


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