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Updated November 13, 2013
Letter To the Editor: JFK Legacy Lost?
Letter To the Editor:
JFK Legacy Lost?
There are many things right... and wrong with America. When so in debt from unbridled spending we cannot easily and properly fund Military (defense, family living standards, wounded-death benefits, etc.), Social Security and Medicare, we have a problem. These are traditional entitlements, defined as “...based on established rights or legislation,” recipients (armed forces members-families, employers, employees) have contributed to.
In recent decades, new programs get legislated as entitlements, rather than be dubbed the handouts (“something given free to a needy person...”) they usually are. Some, like FEMA, are actually stealth entitlements; Google it. Evermore taxes grab our income for handouts, reducing amounts available to consider for charity, (“voluntary giving of help…”) normally administered at more accountable levels. Voluntary giving provides positives like seeing impact when locally dispensed and pulling support when dissatisfied. Ever try not paying your taxes to express displeasure with the government’s way of spending your money?
Handout-style “entitlements” now go to those uninvested. Even companies offering pensions require vesting before extracting. Where is the bootstrap pride of generations past? The 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination is upon us. VISTA was his idea. Is JFK’s legacy lost? It’s definitely being held ransom. Without drastic changes, his famous challenge will be rewritten as, “Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your country can do for you!”