A Nation of Takers

A Nation of Takers

America's Entitlement Epidemic

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In A Nation of Takers: America’s Entitlement Epidemic, one of our country’s foremost demographers, Nicholas Eberstadt, details the exponential growth in entitlement spending over the past fifty years. As he notes, in 1960, entitlement payments accounted for well under a third of the federal government’s total outlays. Today, entitlement spending accounts for a full two-thirds of the federal budget. Drawing on an impressive array of data and employing a range of easy- to- read, four color charts, Eberstadt shows the unchecked spiral of spending on a range of entitlements, everything from medicare to disability payments. But Eberstadt does not just chart the astonishing growth of entitlement spending, he also details the enormous economic and cultural costs of this epidemic. He powerfully argues that while this spending certainly drains our federal coffers, it also has a very real,long-lasting, negative impact on the character of our citizens.
Also included in the book is a response from one of our leading political theorists, William Galston. In his incisive response, he questions Eberstadt’s conclusions about the corrosive effect of entitlements on character and offers his own analysis of the impact of American entitlement growth.



Publisher: West Conshohocken, Pa. : Templeton Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781599474359
1599474352
Branch Call Number: 336.39 Eb39n
Characteristics: x, 134 p. : charts (some col.), col. maps ; 18 cm

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jmchristian63
Oct 28, 2017

The comment below is from someone who has not read the book and has but a child's mind. Not worth considering.

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naturalist
Jul 17, 2016

“Faith-Washing” Right-Wing Economics: How the Right is Marketing Medicare’s Demise”
by Mariya Strauus, posted November 14, 2015, at Political Research Associates
http://www.politicalresearch.org/2015/11/14/faith-washing-right-wing-economics-how-the-right-is-marketing-medicares-demise/#sthash.mh5mRuBf.dpuf
and,
“Latest Conservative Attack on Social Security: Disability Fraud Hysteria – Move over Welfare Queen. The Disability King is the new pet scapegoat for all that’s wrong with America.”
By Lynn Stuart Parramore, posted January 28, 2013, at AlterNet
http://www.alternet.org/economy/latest-conservative-attack-social-security-disability-fraud-hysteria
and,
“Right wing follies”
https://monetarysov.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/right-wing-follies/

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StarGladiator
Jul 17, 2016

Oh wow!
This dude has positions at both American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institute [believe AEI was originally founded and financed by the du Ponts, forget the other one].
So all those major corporations [over 70 percent of them] who don't pay any federal income taxes, and still receive monies back from the government in the form of tax breaks [entitlements] have zero impact??????
So all those bailed out banks and insurance companies which became overnight banks [you remember? they created invalid and illegal securitizations, from fraudulent mortgages, and generated fraudulent securities from them, and then illegally foreclosed on zillions of houses, while committing massive mortgage fraud, massive notary fraud, massive false affidavit filings fraud, massive false court documents filings fraud, and on and on, plus millions of violations of the Law of Fraudulent Conveyance] enjoy zero entitlements!?!?!
What's wrong this picture? And what's wrong with this American Enterprise/Brookings stooge?

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