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In case you missed it: entitlement vs. obligation

Published 09/30/2011, Pine Journal

The growing debate in Congress over “entitlement reform” is being made more difficult by the use of ill-defined terms. My colleagues are mistaken when they continue to refer to Social Security and Medicare as “entitlements.” Taking the view that these programs are obligations and not entitlements will help all of us clarify what needs to be done. Modifying how we discuss “entitlement reform” would be an appropriate first step in actually achieving it.

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