The problem is that “entitlement spending,” as it’s called, is a problem. I am not rich, I am not a corporate executive, but I also don’t approve of the extensive “social safety net” programs we have. I have come from a very modest background, and I have earned everything I have; at one point I was working three jobs just to make end’s meet. And yet, I am still against just about everything the government is doing right now. 3 years of unemployment coverage? Social Security disability approvals spiking? Free phones for the “poor”? Red Bull and chips on food stamps? Social workers helping people get bigger welfare checks? Tax returns bigger than the taxes they paid in? Those are all unacceptable in my eyes, because they are all coming off my paycheck. The entitlement programs are named that because people feel entitled to them, even if they don’t rate them, at least that’s how I see it. I’ve been working since I was 16, been paying SS for my entire working life, and I am confident the system will collapse under its own largess and abuse by the public. And yet I’m the bad guy for saying that these programs need to be trimmed? What about those useless turds that abuse the system? You all know full well that most of those social security disability applicants are not disabled; they are simply out of unemployment coverage. And when you folks also attack oil companies (aka corporate welfare) and tax breaks on the “rich” (welfare for the rich), you are missing the bigger picture. The oil companies make 3 cents profit per gallon of gasoline pumped. The federal government takes about 48 cents a gallon. The rest is baseline cost. So while these oil companies aren’t hurting for money, taxing them more because they have 3 cents profit is silly. As for the rich? The top 5% pay 50% of the taxes in this country. There is only so much people will endure before they take their toys and move away. Then that 50% becomes 0%. And then where is the money going to come from? They also are the ones with the money to throw around the stock market, invest in new companies, provide investment capital, and buy bonds that fund our government. Why do we want to punish and discourage these activities with higher taxes? Without these activities, our economy contracts.