Entitlements: They Aren’t Just For The Poor

Taxation is theft!

Redistribution of wealth is socialism which leads to communism!

Get a fucking job you lazy libtard!

Liberalism is a mental disease!

You want something for free? You must be a liberal!

I don’t know about y’all, but I am so sick of hearing this bullshit about entitlements, I’m ready to scream. For one thing, it’s incorrect. Also, it paints everyone with a broad brush. And it is hypocritical as hell.

The definition of an entitlement is: a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group; also : funds supporting or distributed by such a program. (webster)

This applies to a lot more than just SNAP and welfare. There are “two dangerous myths: Government benefits come only in the form of direct spending, and most go to poor people. Neither is true.” (taxvox)

First, there are a few things that are not “purely” entitlements, in the strictest sense of the term.

  • Social Security is basically a government mandated insurance and retirement program. You pay into the system as long as you work, and eventually, you pull money back out of the system, either when you retire or you are declared disabled. Your employer matches your contributions, but this is actually part of your compensation package. (In other words, your boss includes this in the cost of your employment, just like health insurance and office equipment.)
  • Medicare is similar to Social Security; it is the medical insurance portion.
  • Unemployment is a bit trickier, but I would argue it is also not a pure entitlement. Unemployment is an insurance program like Social Security and Medicare, except employers pay into it on behalf of their employees. It is calculated by the state as a percentage based on the number of employees at that company who have used it within a certain time period.




The main thing I wish to point out is the list of commonly used but not so commonly acknowledged entitlements that many of the bitchers and moaners take advantage of but never acknowledge. I live to pull these out on people opposed to SNAP.

  • Pell Grants are non-repaid money from the government to attend college, based on need, attendance, school cost, etc. Many people have either received or have children who have received some funding from this program.
  • Student loan interest on subsidized loans is paid by the US Department of Education while the student is in school, the six month grace period after graduation, and during any deferment periods. In addition, all paid student loan interest qualifies for a tax break subject to income phaseouts.
  • Flood insurance, unlike auto or homeowners’, is administered and subsidized by FEMA. The SBA also provides low or no interest loans during disaster recovery operations.
  • FHA Loans for first time home buyers are insured by the government, which allows lenders to offer lower interest rates and down payments. In case of default, the taxpayers essentially pay the debt. Financial relief options are also available.
  • The home mortgage interest deduction “cost the federal government about $70 billion in 2013; food stamps cost the government $74 billion last year.” (538) That is a big old entitlement that gives more the richer you are!

There are certainly others, but these examples should at least prove the point. Entitlements are not only for the poor. So next time someone makes a judgmental remark, ask them how much they enjoy their FHA loan, or their subsidized interest.

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Renee is a recovering Conservative who lives at the intersection of the Bible Belt and the Hypocrisy Highway.
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