What is an entitlement? Most of the time this is the code word from pundits and politicians for programs of social uplift that benefit most Americans but especially those most unable to care for themselves. Over forty years ago Martin Luther King said, “a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

An entitlement is not a military base in Virginia, South Carolina, Texas, Arizona or New York that provides federally funded jobs for civilians or military alike. We can wrap that spending in the American flag and call it patriotic. The public financing of weapons programs as far as the eye can see is not an entitlement program either. That’s national defense for a country that’s been at war with someone or something for 72 years. An entitlement is not a subsidy paid to a farmer not to grow crops. Entitlements my friend are only a return on your tax dollar.

“How long will you defend the unjust
and show partiality to the wicked?
Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” –Psalm 82

About Don Watkins

I'm a FOSS advocate, writer, educator, Python coder, Linux user, US Navy Veteran, Secular Franciscan, husband,father and grandfather. I blog about my life and experiences that give it meaning.
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