It sure seems to me definition of “entitlement as abuse of public purse” is well represented at some very high levels!
The word “entitlement” is being used intentionally to manipulate and divide us among ourselves – is causing ordinary citizens to accuse one another of mis-use of public purse. It is being used to cause ordinary citizens to judge and dis-respect one another.
The article is on a challenge to ‘ordinary entitlements’.
We need to do some serious critical thinking in response. Problem – we are not trained in critical thinking!
I heard a very interesting (very long!) interview (in 2 parts) today with John Taylor Gatto, retired educator and author. (Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling (1992); The Exhausted School (1993); A Different Kind of Teacher (2000); and The Underground History Of American Education (2001), and Weapons of Mass Instruction (2009).
The intention of creating a fully manipulative “mass population” has been known and used for a very long time. Philosophers popular with early industrialists spoke of the “natural order” of elites ruling the masses.
Early wealthy industrialists made direct statements in how to assure this “top down” approach. Official American public educational practices were designed out of Prussian practices, for reasons related to “problems arising when citizens think for themselves”! (See http://www.tragedyandhope.com/video/interview-with-john-taylor-1 and http://www.tragedyandhope.com/video/interview-with-john-taylor.)
At least ‘ordinary citizens’ only claim ‘entitlement’ to programs they actually fund with their tax dollars – taxes paid out of dollars earned for real wages, for real services and products.
I think this move is designed to convince us that it’s fitting we shave off needed “entitlements” in order that our tax dollars can be better spent bailing out “too big to fail” institutions and their extremely well compensated head officers, (and can be used to help fund our war industry).
There is no sincere concern for your and my children’s (or any other ‘ordinary’ children’s) future in this.
I think this move needs to be met with strong skepticism, and with demands that apparent hypocrisy be explained as reasonable (which I doubt can be done).
The age of smooth manipulation of public opinion by playing on our inherent good will, our general willingness to ‘sacrifice’ for a greater cause, surely will soon come to a close?
Willingness to sacrifice for a higher good is a good thing! But this is manipulation of that commitment, of that will. It’s intentional.
IF these spokespeople from “high places” were really interested in our dignity (key word – dignity) and participation, they would be citing economic history extensively, going right back to the dawn of the industrial age.
They would be informing us thoroughly (key word – thoroughly) – not dictating (key word – dictating) to us.”
“Peek-a-boo policy design” (“first you see me here, now you see me here”) – policy shaping connections between high government officials and high corporate interests cannot be over-stated.
My Best! –MaggieAnn