Entitlements simply means: THIS MONEY IS CORE AND CANNOT BE CUT BY CONGRESS.
“entitlement – A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans’ compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs. ”
Sarcastic Republican politicians have sneered the word “Entitlements” for at least 30 years that I know of, IMPLYING it was something far different than what it actually is.
Here’s a few. These are guarantees.
Negative Income Tax
Job Training Programs
The programs were dealt a severe blow in 1996 thanks to Newt Gingrinch’s manipulations. Reducing the Federal role actually put a big hurt into the system, which was felt hard a few years later at the mortgage lending crisis, which got a temp fix by Greenspan only to blow up again in 2008 requiring another bandaid.
With automation, I see no other future recourse than to divorce the Employment requirement from “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.More and more skill sets are becoming commonplace, which is good. An educated citizen is good for the nation and world.Who would think we’d ever hit a point where you can’t find a job because “You’re Overeducated”? But here we are.So, do you make future generations stupider?
Or find another way?
Monetary system overhaul. Wealth concentrations will likely be with the automators but in return, they should be required to contribute to the society which allows them to be necessary.
But – that would be a stopgap too.I _want_ to see small cell neighborhoods but I think there will be a long transition process.
I try not to think too far in the future though. Too tempting to make a Utopia.