A case of buyers remorse?
Like Mary Morrongiello, I too am consistent. That is, I consistently find myself educating the confused and misinformed about entitlement. Mary, in case you don’t know: Webster’s definition of the word entitle is, “To give a right or claim to,” such as title to your home. Nowhere does it define entitlement as “free,” which appears to be what confuses so many people.
That SSI deduction on your (or my) paycheck stands for Social Security Insurance. So does that also make your required car insurance welfare? Or your required homeowners fire insurance entitlement or socialism?
You do not stipulate as to whether you plan on filing a claim asking for “title” to the Social Security you have paid for to date (unless you live off your husband). Or, if you would file a claim to your auto insurance if you had a collision. Would you? There is no difference with any of these insurance plans.
Like a betting pool at work, if you don’t pay you don’t play. Just like filing any claim, the claim must be legitimate before funds are dispensed. There are no neighbors, no “magic money” involved.
Now, if you do not care for insurance, perhaps you would want to buy (nothing in life is free) an annuity?
You also stated, “If you pay people not to work, they won’t.” They also will not work when there are no jobs. There are no jobs due to several reasons, which include lack of loans for small business, both start-ups and expansion. Jobs have been shipped overseas rather than goods shipped overseas – goods which expand our economy. Sorry, this one is not due to inherent laziness. Where were the parts made for that truck you were standing in with your sign? Mexico or China, perhaps?
They used to be made here, in the U.S.A. that you love as dearly as the protesters do also.