Paul Ryan (yr P90X, supersonic marathon speedrunner, mountainhoppin’ VP candidate) talks to a Rotary Club about cutting Social Security and Medicar benefits, refers to them as “entitlement programs.”
A 71-year-old working-class retiree gets angry, and yells that it’s not entitlement, as he’s paid into those programs out of his wages for 50 years.
Cops not only arrest the guy, but cuff him and forcibly wrestle him to the ground as he yelps that he has a broken shoulder.
Ryan doesn’t stop them. Ryan doesn’t even stay respectfully quiet. Ryan cracks a joke: “I hope he’s taken his blood pressure medication.”
This is your daily reminder that this is what they think of us.
No further comment required.
Locking in the senior vote.
When social security and Medicare are referred to as “entitlement programs” something in my nervous system pops. WE PAID FOR THEM. We see money taken out of EVERY paycheck based on the agreement that we will get a return on that investment when we’re old and need it. People have been subtly bracing me for the fact that social security won’t exist by the time I’m old enough to collect since the day I starting paying for it. That’s not entitlement, that’s the government reneging on an explicit agreement with its citizens. Look, I understand the need to overhaul the system. But don’t be a fucking dick and try to make me believe it’s MY fault.