Re: the ongoing talking point... "...Culture of entitlement."

Or "Entitlement culture."

I've seen it phrased several ways, to be honest.

Is there an "entitlement culture" infecting society? Sure, and I very much doubt it's all that historically unusual. More on that in a moment. Our current "infection" may, or may not, be more widespread than it has been in the past. Kind of hard to assess when you're not living in the shoes of your ancestors. I sure it doesn't just "infect" the poor, the disadvantaged, those seeking to be treated fairly, or anyone who might seek help... and also feel an over bloated sense of "entitlement" at the same time.

And when we accuse any segment of society of this "crime" you can be pretty damn sure it's not all of them, though it's always politically convenient for some to frame it that way. In most groups targeted with the accusation, probably not even close to "most."

If there is an "culture of entitlement" infecting society it's certainly more widespread than just some of the unemployed wanting to use their prepaid unemployment benefits...

...very much "more" than just those on food stamps...

...or who have lost a parent and get government checks.

And, again, it's never "all," and probably not even close to the majority.

If we're going to apply this title fairly, it certainly is applicable to those who might be referred to as "vulture capitalists;" those who feel they are "entitled:" without question, to steal what employees have invested a life's worth of work in, what has been promised: retirement, benefits.

But, you see, the same rule applies here. I am not claiming all capitalists are crooks, or vulture-like. I'm not claiming all business owners are Scrooge, or doing what they can to off shore everything and give their workers less than promised. And I'm not even claiming there aren't those who do so because it's the only way to keep their business alive.

I am a business owner myself. I know sometimes you have to push the limits.

Usually who we claim to be part of some "culture of entitlement," while we tip toe away from others, reflects our partisan skew. It depends upon whose ox you would rather be gored.

Or Al Gore-d, if you want to push against some polluters sense of "entitlement."

Sorry. Couldn't resist.

Yes, there are welfare cheats, just like there are also those whose ideas when it comes to doing business are so vile and unAmerican they deserve whatever damage that regulations can do to them. Better yet: let's put them in prison cells along with anyone who tries to cheat a safety net program. No one should feel "entitled" to scam, or cheat, anyone, anymore than someone getting food stamps should. This is why a totally unregulated market makes no damn sense, because: after all, laws against selling arsenic as candy, for example, do "regulate" a market.

Historically we have felt we were "entitled" to the lands occupied by the first Americans: by whatever means. Slave owners felt they were "entitled:" so much so that when slavery supposedly went away slave owners were handed over the keys to the prisons and the ability to liberally enforce laws, make accusations, against these former slaves... all while living high off profits earned from their labor.

We have felt, as a country, we were "entitled" to freedom, except "freedom" for those who maybe, might be, sort of, somewhat associated with Communism.

And of course, more recently, we have felt entitled to throw away every right Americans fought, and died for. Especially "throw away" those rights for anyone who might be, maybe, sort of, kind of, accused of knowing someone who knows something about terrorism. All for the sake of supposed "national security..." "Entitled," of course, as long as it's the other guy being accused, being waterboarded, being forced to do sexual acts vile, have live wires attached to their testicles or being locked away for the rest of their lives by mere accusation.

Isn't it interesting, no matter what the partisan skew, such things always have to be for "the other?"

To quote 1984:

"Do it to Julia! Do it to Julia!"

And to quote Ben Franklin...

"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

Yes, unfortunately an "entitlement culture" is about as common, historically, as poison apples and ovens Grimms' fairy tale: and our fairy tale certainly has been "grim" from time to time. And when feelings of "entitlement" muck up society, they certainly don't stay behind social class borders, or lines like well trained puppies.

But the problem is labeling any group, or historical event, or program, as all purely part of some "entitlement culture" simply makes matters worse. It's over simplification. These things do not exist in a vacuum. Programs and situations exist because someone was trying to address a situation; solve a problem. Maybe they do a real bad job, but that is what we should be pointing to and discussing, not pointing and spewing some Invasion of the Body Snatchers-like scream, "You're all part of the entitlement culture! Every damn one of you!"

Instead we should be asking...

"What do we do?" "How much should we do?" ...and most important: "when do we back off because our solutions violate the very principles we claim to believe in?"

These are hard questions They require compassion, intellect, rational discussion and yes... gasp! ...compromise among folks who are often adversaries.

You know: "acting like adults?"

Something some of those who run, or help control, the current stage for rhetoric often frown upon because it's not good for ratings... and some are far too much in love with WWE style politics where everything is classified a war, and also as entertainment.

The wild beasts who fed upon others in the Roman Empire still live, they're more like some rhetorical demon, similar to the id monster in Forbidden Planet. Our own rhetoric is killing us: another part of any "entitlement" culture. I'm speaking to those who feel free speech bears no personal responsibility. It entitles them to smear, libel, slander, all without payback. That's why the biggest bullies in the national discourse whine so much when they get a taste of their own vileness spewed back at them. That's what bullies do when they get... cliche' alert... "a taste of their own medicine."

Some cliche's are more true than not.

Somehow some feel "entitled" to all this without blowback.

Some days I wonder what folks are smoking when they cry and whine about being slapped around when they're the biggest slappers on the block. Or when they bellow about a culture of entitlement, but won't admit that may be a problem that stretches far beyond any groups they wish to target with their wrath, their noses tipped up in the air, and their all too convenient over generalizations.

Yes, but tis easier than asking: "what do we do," "how much should we do" and most important: "when do we back off because our solutions violate the very principles we claim to believe in."

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Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.

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DdC 2 years 18 weeks ago
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Is there an "entitlement culture" infecting society? NO

Entitlement as GOPerverts terms is just another Neocon buzzword to divert from the actual spoiled brats seeking "entitlements" in the way of perpetuating various cold wars and banking policies unfair to most anyone in a free market society. This buzzword is old and boring and basically boils down to what kind of Americans spread their gossip? Medical expenses for elderly or disabled citizens are less of a tax burden on we the workers than not dealing with the situation. Seniors and disabled kids joining in spare changing on the corner with the Veterans and outsourced job victims isn't something to sell brochures over. Oh but the Military Industrial Complex never gets scrutinized. $600 screwdrivers and we know who the drivers getting screwed are, us. Or bailing the banksters out. Or the various cold war police actions perpetuated until they fizzle or the people get fed up as with Vietnam. Those tax paid entitlements serve only a few war brokers and corporations making the war paraphernalia. In foreign countries to benefit from the scab labor overhead or exploitation of resources. Gutting Unions for the same end result and the means to get there doesn't even matter. Lie, disenfranchise voters or cage people for non victim vices serving the Prison Industrial Complex. Subsidizing Exxon's Oil spill or R&D while they show profits of $800b, pitiful.

Or the entitlements of Big Pharma's monopoly on "treatments" while they shelve cures and preventions as non profit. Outlawing natural time tested treatments and cashing in on the prohibition entitlements. From forced unworkable rehabilitation asylums with piss quizzes to Koch for profit prisons renting cage space @ $72k.y. The brats of the big war serving themselves with no allegiance to the country or its citizens. World Banks and IMF loan-sharks, resource exploitation in the open. Sabotaging competition and war mongering, fear hurdling propagandist eating up the airwaves and cable. Now its legal to Bullshit us about future police actions the same as it has always been legal to Bullshit us about certain plants they want kept out of the MSM. This is a Neocon lame ass diversion counting on we the apathetic people to remain in their shells doing what they typically do. Nada, not in my back yard, me, me me is what is counted on.

Same as voter ID, shutting down polling places, mixing similar sounding names as prisoners banned from voting. Legislating obvious corporate cost savings at the expense of who cares bills. Congress has been Incorporated. The President resides as the CEO with a GOPerverted Board of Supreme Judgement selecting the election winners. The entire façade of elections, bottom line is it makes a lot of profits for Madison Ave. advertisers and media networks. Selling DARE BS or War BS or Candidate BS. They still make money selling it. On we the "Public" airwaves and 95% of the tax subsidized cable, and all of the other media is programmed by 5 corporations sharing an agenda. So entitlements are Band aids for what fascists do. The problem isn't removing the Band-Aids it's removing the mad wingnut greed stricken bastards lacerating we the people requiring our taxes to do the American thing, and that's take care of our own loved ones and families. Especially the disabled, the elderly and the children. For me and others to keep having to explain this should also be a red flag pointing out those who care less about anything but themselves and their moneygod. F.O. U.S.A! Qaeda!

Social Security Disability United States

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
* To help elderly, blind, and disabled people
* To provide cash for basic needs such as food and clothing

Special Needs/EFMP Home
Federal: These resources are a wonderful tool to keep you updated on issues related to those with special needs and people who support them. Please click on the topic and the resources will appear. Click again to hide the resources.

MAJOR DISABILITY-RELATED LEGISLATION 1956-1999

Blind or disabled children, as well as adults, can qualify to get SSI benefits. SSI benefits are funded by general funds from the U.S. Treasury generated by income taxes. Tax Mittney doesn't contribute to in a Cayman Is. shelter. Or when Koch's generate less tax when they use scab prison labor in the cages they rent to non victim crime citizens also taking more taxes away. The Neocon answer is shut it down, so worried about taxes being wasted on disabled humans, or children or seniors already paying their dues and unfortunately also enabling the spoiled boomer brats to rape and pillage. It's clear where we the workers producing the taxes want it to go. Back to our communities to assist our families and neighbors. Neocons want to steal it for multi and international corporations that not only cheat us dodging taxes. But poison us with their synthetic resources. Win win for cut throats and thieves. Same plastic people spasming the wallmart plastic flag, made in china, by kids in sweatshops, from Iraq and Iran crude oil. Pep rallies to send out of work kids to get shot by the bullets bought with the money made selling crude oil to China. To make into little cheap flags for the airhead's to shake over a lie fabricated by Think Tank soothsayers.

Neocons couldn't hurt America more if they wore a uniform with swastikas. I think previous Americans called the same bluff warning us to watch vigilantly from being attacked from within. The mindset is to watch for enemies abroad, and prepare for invasions all while they dismantle the infrastructure for democracy to exist and profit on security. Then saved the people as they've done for 75 years killing competition selling the product of prohibition. Thats it, Movin on... I feel an urge to start saying what I really think and that can get nasty and ugly. Feels good, but taking on deep routed ignorance always comes with a hangover. Unlike Ganja. After-all bible thumping shitkicker sheep can be Americans too. I figer if I keep telling myself that I might believe it someday.

Rayguns tried to kill the National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act of 1968, and then tried pushing ketchup as a vegetable. Also saving the kids lying about cannabis research with bogus monkey tests. Banning medicinal research. Forced urine tests profits to x drug czars. Follow the money. The Neocon plan for seniors is warehousing. Already a large growth industry in league with the real estate markets. They don't care about the dignity of a senior citizen. The Feds and States tax their disease and no teabog norquest is bitchin about it. SS doesn't come close to covering someone trying to live their lives out in the homes they built themselves many times. Or Raygun Boosh answer to draconian conditions in mental asylums was to feed them thorozine and release them. Now they make up 3/4th of the 2 million homeless. Each homeless citizen is guaranteed prerequisites to life the same as life is a prerequisite to Liberty and it a prerequisite to any Pursuit of Happiness. Making Homelessness Un-Constitutional and therefore Illegal, unless it's by choice. So the government fails at that too.

Too much BS and too much not being called on their lies and way too much cowardice not bringing Justice to the liars. Pardoning Junior and the Dick for war crimes before charges were even made? Signing away the BOR from protesting to propaganda to prohibitions from homegrown medicine to a woman choice. Or gays having equal rights and opportunities. Personally i don't believe in sub Americans and so I don't believe in sub protections. Equal rights are already covered, just not enforced. Not enforced because no one is holding them accountable. like Kyl's quip about lying to Congress only being nonfactual. He still lied to Congress. Bush Cheney still committed war crimes and flim flammed the Treasury. Exempt from prosecution for mass murdering thousands of Americans? Now that's an entitlement.

Is there a "corporate entitlement" infecting society? Definately!

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ken carman 2 years 18 weeks ago
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Is there an "entitlement culture" infecting society? NO

Entitlement as GOPerverts terms is just another Neocon buzzword to divert from the actual spoiled brats seeking "entitlements" in the way of perpetuating various cold wars and banking policies unfair to most anyone in a free market society. This buzzword is old and boring and basically boils down to what kind of Americans spread their gossip? Medical expenses for elderly or disabled citizens are less of a tax burden on we the workers than not dealing with the situation. Seniors and disabled kids joining in spare changing on the corner with the Veterans and outsourced job victims isn't something to sell brochures over. Oh but the Military Industrial Complex never gets scrutinized. $600 screwdrivers and we know who the drivers getting screwed are, us. Or bailing the banksters out. Or the various cold war police actions perpetuated until they fizzle or the people get fed up as with Vietnam. Those tax paid entitlements serve only a few war brokers and corporations making the war paraphernalia. In foreign countries to benefit from the scab labor overhead or exploitation of resources. Gutting Unions for the same end result and the means to get there doesn't even matter. Lie, disenfranchise voters or cage people for non victim vices serving the Prison Industrial Complex. Subsidizing Exxon's Oil spill or R&D while they show profits of $800b, pitiful.

Or the entitlements of Big Pharma's monopoly on "treatments" while they shelve cures and preventions as non profit. Outlawing natural time tested treatments and cashing in on the prohibition entitlements. From forced unworkable rehabilitation asylums with piss quizzes to Koch for profit prisons renting cage space @ $72k.y. The brats of the big war serving themselves with no allegiance to the country or its citizens. World Banks and IMF loan-sharks, resource exploitation in the open. Sabotaging competition and war mongering, fear hurdling propagandist eating up the airwaves and cable. Now its legal to Bullshit us about future police actions the same as it has always been legal to Bullshit us about certain plants they want kept out of the MSM. This is a Neocon lame ass diversion counting on we the apathetic people to remain in their shells doing what they typically do. Nada, not in my back yard, me, me me is what is counted on.

Same as voter ID, shutting down polling places, mixing similar sounding names as prisoners banned from voting. Legislating obvious corporate cost savings at the expense of who cares bills. Congress has been Incorporated. The President resides as the CEO with a GOPerverted Board of Supreme Judgement selecting the election winners. The entire façade of elections, bottom line is it makes a lot of profits for Madison Ave. advertisers and media networks. Selling DARE BS or War BS or Candidate BS. They still make money selling it. On we the "Public" airwaves and 95% of the tax subsidized cable, and all of the other media is programmed by 5 corporations sharing an agenda. So entitlements are Band aids for what fascists do. The problem isn't removing the Band-Aids it's removing the mad wingnut greed stricken bastards lacerating we the people requiring our taxes to do the American thing, and that's take care of our own loved ones and families. Especially the disabled, the elderly and the children. For me and others to keep having to explain this should also be a red flag pointing out those who care less about anything but themselves and their moneygod. F.O. U.S.A! Qaeda!

Social Security Disability United States

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
* To help elderly, blind, and disabled people
* To provide cash for basic needs such as food and clothing

Special Needs/EFMP Home
Federal: These resources are a wonderful tool to keep you updated on issues related to those with special needs and people who support them. Please click on the topic and the resources will appear. Click again to hide the resources.

MAJOR DISABILITY-RELATED LEGISLATION 1956-1999

Blind or disabled children, as well as adults, can qualify to get SSI benefits. SSI benefits are funded by general funds from the U.S. Treasury generated by income taxes. Tax Mittney doesn't contribute to in a Cayman Is. shelter. Or when Koch's generate less tax when they use scab prison labor in the cages they rent to non victim crime citizens also taking more taxes away. The Neocon answer is shut it down, so worried about taxes being wasted on disabled humans, or children or seniors already paying their dues and unfortunately also enabling the spoiled boomer brats to rape and pillage. It's clear where we the workers producing the taxes want it to go. Back to our communities to assist our families and neighbors. Neocons want to steal it for multi and international corporations that not only cheat us dodging taxes. But poison us with their synthetic resources. Win win for cut throats and thieves. Same plastic people spasming the wallmart plastic flag, made in china, by kids in sweatshops, from Iraq and Iran crude oil. Pep rallies to send out of work kids to get shot by the bullets bought with the money made selling crude oil to China. To make into little cheap flags for the airhead's to shake over a lie fabricated by Think Tank soothsayers.

Neocons couldn't hurt America more if they wore a uniform with swastikas. I think previous Americans called the same bluff warning us to watch vigilantly from being attacked from within. The mindset is to watch for enemies abroad, and prepare for invasions all while they dismantle the infrastructure for democracy to exist and profit on security. Then saved the people as they've done for 75 years killing competition selling the product of prohibition. Thats it, Movin on... I feel an urge to start saying what I really think and that can get nasty and ugly. Feels good, but taking on deep routed ignorance always comes with a hangover. Unlike Ganja. After-all bible thumping shitkicker sheep can be Americans too. I figer if I keep telling myself that I might believe it someday.

Rayguns tried to kill the National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act of 1968, and then tried pushing ketchup as a vegetable. Also saving the kids lying about cannabis research with bogus monkey tests. Banning medicinal research. Forced urine tests profits to x drug czars. Follow the money. The Neocon plan for seniors is warehousing. Already a large growth industry in league with the real estate markets. They don't care about the dignity of a senior citizen. The Feds and States tax their disease and no teabog norquest is bitchin about it. SS doesn't come close to covering someone trying to live their lives out in the homes they built themselves many times. Or Raygun Boosh answer to draconian conditions in mental asylums was to feed them thorozine and release them. Now they make up 3/4th of the 2 million homeless. Each homeless citizen is guaranteed prerequisites to life the same as life is a prerequisite to Liberty and it a prerequisite to any Pursuit of Happiness. Making Homelessness Un-Constitutional and therefore Illegal, unless it's by choice. So the government fails at that too.

Too much BS and too much not being called on their lies and way too much cowardice not bringing Justice to the liars. Pardoning Junior and the Dick for war crimes before charges were even made? Signing away the BOR from protesting to propaganda to prohibitions from homegrown medicine to a woman choice. Or gays having equal rights and opportunities. Personally i don't believe in sub Americans and so I don't believe in sub protections. Equal rights are already covered, just not enforced. Not enforced because no one is holding them accountable. like Kyl's quip about lying to Congress only being nonfactual. He still lied to Congress. Bush Cheney still committed war crimes and flim flammed the Treasury. Exempt from prosecution for mass murdering thousands of Americans? Now that's an entitlement.

Is there a "corporate entitlement" infecting society? Definately!

I agree with much of what you typed. However, it's so much damn fun to use their own rhetorical weapons against them. Once I did that with an ex-client regarding "political correctness," and he angrily yelled at me: "You can't use that! That's OUR term!" Kind of gives you a sense of the mindset, eh?

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