Reader WayneP sent me a link to the item Nicholas Eberstadt: Yes, Mr. President, We Are a Nation of Takers.
A growing body of empirical evidence points to increasing dependency on state largess. The evidence documents as well a number of perverse and disturbing changes that this entitlement state is imposing on society.
I decided to do a little research on this item. So far I have found The Big Lie About the “Entitlement State” .
Is the view that “entitlements”—government programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—“will bankrupt the country” a “sensible conclusion”? No. It’s scare-mongering of the “OH MYGOD WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!” variety, completely unjustified by a sober look at data on government transfer payments between 1960 and 2010.
This second article is not a direct refutation of everything in the first article, far from it. However it does delve a little deeper into the interpretation of raw numbers that might seem very scary if you leave out certain relevant context.
Obviously more research needs to be done to figure out which story is closer to reality, if in fact either story is anywhere near reality.
Do you ever wonder with the share of wealth and income migrating to the upper few percent in this country over the last 30 or more years, who are the real takers? Well, at least who are the more successful takers?
How about the above for some undefined data taken out of context? Make of this what you will.