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  •  U/I & medicaid, etc. NOT entitlements. (2+ / 0-)
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    'Entitlement' comes from the old AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children) program.  If you meant the conditions (e.g., children+income+some others) you got them, regardless of what the lcoal yokels thought about things like your skin color.  

    U/I is not an entitlement: if the $ is not paid in by the state then you don't get it.  Period.  Medicare is a quasi-entitlement bc it requires the state to opt-in and the feds can't punish a state for not doing so, as the ACA SCOTUS decision reminded us.  Even if it opts-in, the state can still pick and choose what parts and screw whoever they want, as Texas Planned Parenthood clients found out.

    Other programs, like food stamps, have their own quirks.

    Social security, medicare and federal retirement programs are pensions, not entitlements.  We used to know the difference.

    What has happened is the Right has successful redefined 'entitlement' as welfare, at least among the gullible fools who call themselves our media and other 'VerySeriousPeople', and then expanded the definition so it covers as much socially helpful spending as possible.  

    All in hopes of punishing FDR (still!), abolishing the New Deal (always!) and ushering their fascist NewAristocracy utopia (for them, dystopia for the rest).  Many of these folks wuold have been right at home in Mussolini's Italy and all for the 'Smedly Butler' coup conspiracy.

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