Another wrongly used word.

Another one of those overused words that are supposed to imply something whose truth is only bestowed by repetition is the word "entitlement".

It conjures up the idea that those people who get one did so without earning it. It implies someone demanded something to which they had no right, and someone else wrongly caved in and gave it to them. The former are leaches on society while the latter are those who just have to be "socialists".

Using the blanket term to cover everyone without explaining who is who gives the impression that giving away "entitlements" like gifts covers an overwhelming number of people.

But if those who use it took the time to separate the people who have paid into Social Security and Medicaid, and those who have earned Unemployment Compensation according to the rules, they wouldn't be able to scare people with false statistics.

In the process they not only insult those who have played by the rules and are simply getting the benefits they paid into over the years, but they are also insulting those who believe them and don't suspect they are being lied to.

So when a politician uses the word "entitlement" ask him, or her,  to explain what they actually mean. If they don't hem and haw, and attempt to change the subject, you will see there is really no substance to it. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on