By Dietmar Hoskin
Have we become a new generation of Entitlement? Have all the struggles that our forefathers went through whether you are from an ethnic background or not, mean that you are Entitled to a better way of life.
Have we become a society from birth and encouraged by our parents that we have the right of Entitlement? At the end of the day, who is responsible?
With less than 100 days left before the Presidential election, will it be Romney or Obama that continue these forms of Entitlement? As we ponder this election as well as other prominent figureheads, consider who will be paying for this Entitlement.
Does that mean we should pull taxes from Social Security, Medicare, Marriage, the Wealthy to enable this new and upcoming generation? It seems we keep pulling money from every organization, so that we can make a better social life for the next generation. This generation however thinks that society and not themselves should be responsible and pay for their welfare-
It seems that this new generation is a generation of “gimme”.
Jack Chambless is Professor of Economics at Valencia College. Every year he starts his class off by asking his students to write a 10 minute essay on what the American dream looks like to them, and what they want the federal government to do to help them achieve that dream. He describes this year’s results:
About 10% of the students said they wanted the government to leave them alone, not tax them too much, and let them regulate their own lives. But over 80% of the students said that the American Dream to them meant a house and a job and plenty of money for retirement, and vacations and things like this. But when it came to the part about the federal government 8 out of 10 students said they wanted free health care, they wanted the government to pay for their tuition. They want the government to pay for the down payment on their house. They expect the government “to give them a job.” Many of them said they wanted the government to tax wealthier individuals so that they would have an opportunity to have a better life.
Professor Chambless’ students belong to the “Entitlement Generation,” also known as the “Gimme Generation.” They think they can have and should have whatever they want, whenever they want, and from whomever they want it, while others pay for it.” Or more simply, as one Occupy Protestor painted on her placard, “Where’s my bailout?
Another example of Entitlement; I went to the local grocery store, as I was parking my car a woman drove right pass me in her 2012 Mercedes S-Class with her three children in the back seat. As she parked her vehicle in the handicapped parking spot she pulled out a handy-dandy blue handicap pass and hung it on the rear-view mirror. My first though was, she must need the pass for some reason, but really did not think much of it. As I was walking through the isles, I passed by her several times as she was loading up her cart. As I made my way to the check out isle, low and behold she was right in front of me. As she was checking out, I overheard her total of over $200.00, I see her pull out of her Louis-Vuitton purse a matching wallet a wade of food stamps!
I could no longer contain myself- What absolute arrogance does someone have to drive a certain vehicle, take advantage of a parking spot clearly she did not need, top it off, pay for food paid by our tax dollars. Again, I come to the realization of who deserves Entitlement?
For me personally, coming from a ethnic background, should I feel the need that if I am not served the way I feel I should be served, does that give me the right to pull out the race card? Should I be the one that believes that I am entitled to a better salary, a free education at any college of my choosing because I am a minority? Some may say this is arrogance, some may say this is taking the right opportunity. What ever happened to real work, accountability and being proud.