One of the biggest fears of enacting a new entitlement program is most tend to benefit only a few at the expense of the many. And most of us don't even want to spend this money. Yet the few who are receiving money from entitlements don't want to give it up. That's the problem with entitlements.
Worse, no government official wants to be the person to make spending cuts that will make a potential voter unhappy. And even when Washington has promised spending cuts in the past they rarely fulfill that pledge. And this is one of the reasons we cannot trust Washington politicians.
Worse, it's these same entitlement programs that elected politicians use to buy votes. This was one of the reasons many of the founding fathers were afraid to create entitlement programs. They were aware, based on history -- Rome, Greece and Spain come to mind as valiant examples -- that entitlement programs corrupt nations and cause them to fall.
So entitlements are basically a three pronged monster pent on destroying nations by insidious means. The economy of great nations soar, the people have lots of money, the people feel for the poor and wish to create entitlements to help them, the monster is born.
I believe there are people in the U.S. and around the world who like the monster because they believe if the U.S. fails the world order can take over and do a better job. Yet this would mean giving up the U.S. Constitution that that protects our freedom by limiting the scope of government.
I believe there are people in the U.S. who believe entitlement programs are good and that government debt during a recession is a good thing. These folks believe the U.S. can spend their way out of a recession.
I believe there are those among us who don't care what happens to the U.S. so long as they get what was promised to them.
I believe there are those among us who want to use these entitlements to buy votes to get elected.
The only way to solve this problem is to, the only way to kill the entitlement monster, is to elect a politician who doesn't care what people think about him, someone whose willing to sacrifice popularity and votes, to do what is right and cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut cut...
"Government is not the solution to our problem. government is the problem." Ronald Reagan.