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  •  one problem with your diary (1+ / 0-)
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    it isn't an entitlement

    it is an EARNED BENEFIT

    "Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative." - John Stuart Mill

    by smartone on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 05:54:35 AM PDT

    •  I didn't say it was an entitlement FYI nt (4+ / 0-)
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    •  Where did the word "entitlement" come from. (0+ / 0-)

      Back in the 40's and 50's, all welfare was local, often with state and local funds put into a pool with church and charitable donations. These funds were administered by a board of substantial citizens, with religio/philosophical governing memes running from the Calvinist extreme to the local busibodies and gossips.  These funds were often hoarded, given out only to the morally "pure" and seldom to unwed mothers, except for violent rape victims - sometimes - depending on the community standards.  There was no standards, and all the welfare was a matter of grace.  The decisions of these poor committees were final, and no right to assistance was available.
           Sometime in the 20th c. at different times for different places, and finally through AFDC, assistance was administered by category, and if you had dependent children and little income, you were "entitled" to assistance no matter the color, paternity or circumstances that led to the poverty. There were legal procedures called "Fair Hearings" where one could challenge a denial of AFDC assistance.  
      this use of the term "Entitlement" is not, therefor applicable to Social Security or Medicare, where taxes paid in for these programs is earmarked to the benefits.
           The sooner we as progressives insist on accuracy in political speech, the sooner the GOP/Rove confusion gambit will lose effectiveness.
           

      Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

      by StrayCat on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 10:38:01 AM PDT

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