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  •  It is a legal term of art and from the practical (8+ / 0-)

    standpoint, it means that it is mandatory spending. If Medicare and Social Security were not entitlements, they would be under discretionary spending and Congress would only appropriate a certain amount to be divided among all recipients. Mandatory spending means they have to appropriate whatever it takes.

    The three entitlement programs are Medicare, Social Security and Ag Subsidies. The reason Medicaid is so much easier to cut is that it is technically not an entitlement; "entitled" does not appear in the Medicaid bill. It does in the other bills.

    If you get Congress to agree that they are not entitlements, the chained CPI will be the least of your worries.

    It does not make a hill of beans how the term is used by Republicans, it has a legal meaning.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 05:03:19 AM PST

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