To The Herald-Whig:
George Will, in a recent Washington Post column "America is sacrificing the future," concluded that the retiring baby boomers with their "entitlements" and the "surging" national debt both eat our future. This is Republican misdirection and oversimplification.
First notice that the definition of entitlements has expanded from government assistance for the poor to include government assistance to the broad middle class. Specifically, Will is talking about Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and probably veterans' benefits, as well as various tax credits and deductions. What will not be included will be the tax giveaways and tax cuts to large corporations and the rich.
The surging national debt, no doubt, will be hung on Barack Obama and not the recent tax cuts given and planned to the aforementioned wealthy. This begs the question, "Was it better for the government to use its resources to save us and the world from a depression, or give to the rich who don't need it?"
Considering that it is a valid assertion that we all are beneficiaries of government assistance in some form, shouldn't we also ask -- why do the Republicans favor the most wealthy over the rest of us?