The fact that many don't consider Social Security and Medicare as simply an entitlement but rather as life and death issues speaks volumes for what the American people see as necessities of life. It drives me nuts that working people actually defend the move by conservative Republicans to destroy these programs as we know them. They have actually taken on an effort to change the meaning of the word entitlement as we have always known it. To me, entitlement means that I earned and deserve something and I'm entitled to it. The Republican Conservatives have changed that definition to mean welfare for some other form of handout that we don't deserve or didn't work for. Entitlement means we earned it and don't let the representatives of the 1% tell you anything different.
The Republican PR spin on the Paul Ryan budget backed by Mitt Romney is designed to lull our country's seniors into accepting their plan because their selling point is that it does not affect anyone over age 55. That isn't a selling point, it is a prediction of life style destruction for our children and grandchildren.
Economist are telling us that our children and grandchildren will not live as well as we do and personally, I know people who could not survive without both programs and I want those to come after us to live a decent life. I don't understand how these go along working class conservative wannabe's don't scream about the cost of war or the cost of sending money to other countries in the form of foreign aide or the no bid military contracts but they want to take from us and give to others. What are they thinking?
As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, why can't we put us first and others second? Why should we suffer any loss in life sustaining programs? Wake up people, wake up before its too late. I heard Paul Ryan in a video saying he thinks Americans should have the same benefits and pay for the same benefits that Congress has. OK Mr Ryan but how about if you take a pay cut to that of the average American? Why are Congress members entitled to such large salaries? He has been on the taxpayer's ride for so long that he actually thinks that's how Americans live. Wake up people! Their coming for us.