First: You are right, I think where 20 years ago we were in a GRAY area somewhere between True Democracy, and some popular Socialistic trends and laws being implemented. I am afraid that, as you imply, we have run, not walked, as a nation into a very dark Gray area that is approaching a level of Socialism that even our European friends are finding cannot be sustained under all economic conditions.
Second: I have to remind everyone, and seemingly, even you, that our generation paid into an INSURANCE program, called by chance Social Security. It was designed to "Pay for itself". And, as you know, if we had not allowed our democratic friends, starting with LBJ, to rape our "insurance Account" we would not be having the rather mindless conversations in DC about cutting Seniors "Retirement Insurance Benefits".
But, alas, we sat on our butts and did not keep a vigilant eye on our "representatives" and now we almost need to turn into a revolutionary force to get what we paid for back. And, I do mean Revolutionary. I don't think anyone in our generation expected, paid for, or suspected that such a small and devious group would steal our money and turn us into the recipients of a Socialist entitlement. But , I am afraid, that is where we are at the moment, until we find a unified voice, and force some hard solutions.
My personal fear is that we will, as a group, force another Congressional FLUSH of participants due to our anger, and allow another crop of inexperienced idiots who know the right words to use, into Congress, with similar idiotic and factionalized radical voting, rather than negotiated goals that have a solution for ALL of the people they represent.
Third: Medicare, the Insurance program, originally designed as a benefit for the elderly retired people of America, once they no longer had health insurance from their personal and company policies, somehow got turned into an across the board entitlement for everyone in our country, including; Illegal Aliens, Drug Addicts, the Jobless, Felons, and their spouses and children. Now, that's Socialism.
Now, obviously, someone needs to be dropped from the public Dole. Who do we pick? Well, my fear is that like so many things that need the approval of politicians, they are going to listen to the most vocal. We, the Baby Boomers, the working Class, the Honest citizens of our country, need to get LOUD and we need to get LOUD fast.
I am truly sorry. but, a sick Felon, under house arrest (just happened with over 150 drug dealers in Tampa), has no right to Food Stamps and Medicare while being kept on House arrest.
They need to be kept in Jail, and if the Jail is full, we need to tent them up in camps, if necessary.
And, the illegal Alien? If he is sick or hungry? He can come to the local government agency. he can be fed, he can be treated for his illness.
But, He can also be put onto a Bus or Plane back to his native country.
You See, We cannot afford to support all of these classifications of freeloading people any more.
Damn, I feel better after saying this. WHEW!