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ENTITLEMENTS: What about corporate benefits?

Letter by Randall Hiner, Vashon on March 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm | 81 Comments »
March 21, 2011 3:03 pm

Re: “Cuts needed, not expansion” (letter, 3-20).

The letter writer feels we are burdening the young with excessive debt and suggests programs that ensure kids have guaranteed access to health care and preschool (and presumably WIC and Head Start) are entitlements and “will need to be reduced for everyone” to lower the debt burden on our young.

Those on the far right always point the finger at social programs as an exercise in wasting money. I would suggest he look at entitlements for our corporate “citizens” as well, such as the Republican Congress prohibiting by law the federal government from negotiating lower prices for medications in Medicare part D (your tax dollars needlessly going to Pharma’s bottom line).

Or the bloated farm subsidies program, primarily benefiting Agri-business and not family farmers. (Michelle Bachmann is the notable exception; her family’s farm receives in excess of $100,000 per year while she derides “big government” in her tea party speeches). Or Republican demands that the Bush tax cuts be extended (to do this we need to borrow hundreds of billions from the Chinese and burden our children with the repayment).

Perhaps the letter writer thinks that tax cuts for the wealthy and wars of choice that are “off budget” (at least until a Democratic president puts them “in budget”) are OK, but entitlements for children are wasteful.

To me, this reflects a lack of critical thinking, or outright hypocrisy, or watching too much Fox News.

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