The five biggest lies about entitlement programs
See the article for the explanations. The five lies are listed below the lead.
Everybody loves lists.
Most of those you see in the papers or online tend toward the inconsequential (The Six Best “Fast & Furious” Movies).
So here’s a list with a bit more gravitas: The five biggest lies you’re being told about entitlement programs.
Never mind that the very word “entitlement” is a lie. Social Security and Medicare got that name because workers became “entitled” to those benefits by paying into the system. In recent years, however, the term has become distorted to signify benefits people are entitled to without earning them.
Leaving that whopper aside, here are the top five.
Lie No. 1: The payroll tax hike is killing the retail economy.
Lie No. 2: “Entitlement” benefits for millionaires and billionaires are a costly problem.>
Lie No. 3: Social Security and Medicare are $60 trillion in the hole.
Lie No. 4: You’re paying too much (or too little) for your benefits.
Lie No. 5: Medicare, Social Security — it’s all the same.
It’s no surprise that every one of these are GOP talking points.