The new entitlement society

I’m confused (via here):

Federal budget and Census data show that, in 2010, 91  percent of the benefit dollars from entitlement and other mandatory programs went to the elderly (people 65 and over), the seriously disabled, and members of working households. 

 The data show that the middle class receives approximately its proportionate share of benefits:  in 2010, the middle 60 percent of the population received 58 percent of the entitlement benefits.  (The top 20 percent of the population received 10 percent of the benefits; the bottom 20 percent received 32 percent of the benefits.

but don’t many Republicans claim that we’re on our way (or already in) an entitlement society? Chris Christie certainly does:

“It’s because government’s now telling (Americans) to stop dreaming, stop striving, we’ll take care of you. We’re turning into a paternalistic entitlement society. That will not just bankrupt us financially, it will bankrupt us morally,” Christie said at the Bush Institute Conference on taxes and economic growth.

“When the American people no longer believe that this is a place where only their willingness to work hard and to act with honor and integrity and ingenuity determines their success in life, then we’ll have a bunch of people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check.”

All those 70+ year olds need to get off their duff, as do the seriously disabled? And those who are working poor, must not be working hard enough I guess. 

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