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Facts At Your Fingertips

The High Cost of Good Intentions
Entitlement Programs
The original purpose of entitlement programs was to provide economic security for individuals in old age.
Welfare Programs
The original purpose of welfare programs were to provide a safety net of assistance for those who are unable to provide for themselves.
Unintended Consequence of Entitlement Programs
The entitlement programs have evolved into costly and complex system that transfers hundreds of billions of dollars each month with little regard for financial need.
Equally Worthy Claim
Entitlements have grown due to the “equally worthy claim,” which creates a system in which more and more groups come forward for eligibility as the eligibility line expands.
Entitlement Reform
Entitlement reform should preserve the original intentions of entitlement programs and put them on a fiscal path.