Chapter Two: What Are Entitlements?
The open-ended nature of entitlement programs makes them a key driver of America’s budget problems. Though such programs always begin with a noble purpose, they become complex and costly, rarely target their benefits well, and often undermine the self-sufficiency of recipients.
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- What are the positive and negative impacts of entitlement programs? How might we balance these impacts to create effective reform?
- America has chosen to finance entitlement spending largely through debt rather than by increasing taxes. What are the consequences of continuing to fund these programs through debt?
- Watch “Entitlements and the Budget” with John Cogan on PolicyEd, available here.
- Watch “John Cogan Tells Us How to Think about Entitlements” on PolicyEd, available here.
- Watch “Falling Short: Social Security, Medicare, and Payroll Taxes” with John Cogan on PolicyEd, available here.
- Listen to the Area45 podcast episode “Is Entitlement Reform Possible?” with John Cogan, available here.
- Listen to the EconTalk podcast episode “John Cogan on Entitlements and the High Cost of Good Intentions,” available here.