Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Entitlement

Main Entry: en·ti·tle·ment
Pronunciation: \-ˈtī-təl-mənt\
Function: noun
Date: 1942
1 a: the state or condition of being entitled : right b: a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract
2: a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group ; also : funds supporting or distributed by such a program
3: belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges

This is a very powerful word these days. The dictionary makes it seem so clean cut, fair and proper. Of course it leaves out the source of the payment of any benefits received by a "specified group". Lets break it down shall we. At its core is the root word "entitle","to furnish with proper grounds for seeking or claiming something ". What are the proper grounds that makes the folks in DC think they have more right to our hard earned money than we do. It does not appear to be the will of the voters who clogged the switchboards in DC on Friday. "To furnish with proper grounds", so the folks in congress can just make something up? "Furnish" a reason why someone needs something? Forget the facts, ignore common sense?

1 a:(from above), the state or condition of being entitled : right. Someone is owed something. How did they earn this boon they are owed. Being owed normally implies a give and take. Right now, they will take all we can give and more. b: a right to benefits specified especially by law or contract. Shouldn't Congress take the facts and our voices into account before binding us with a new law or contract? 2: a government program providing benefits to members of a specified group ; also : funds supporting or distributed by such a program. Once again, I ask who out of the goodness of their hearts willing to give more for programs we don't want or need. 3: belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges. The "belief" that one is deserving, not the fact that one is deserving.

With the word defined, lets see what we can make out of cap and trade. Who's "entitled", what "specified group" is to receive this suddenly massive amount of money that will be available. How about those nutty Polar bears that just refuse to decrease in numbers. Maybe the makers of solar and wind power devices that won't pay for themselves until they reach the end of their useful life. How about paying for the "green jobs" that will be the result of this bill. You know the jobs that will kill 2 jobs for every 1 created(check out Spain's foray into this). Here's a thought, maybe we can fix the problem with Antarctica. The ice is receding on the East side! We must figure out how to get all that extra that's forming on the West back to the East! Total mass be damned, we must have balance! Personally, I'm not willing to pay for any of that crap. It's alright though, soon I will qualify for the other entitlements out there. Food stamps, unemployment, welfare, all the fun stuff.

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