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Whenever a person on the political Right hears the word “entitlement,” he or she likely cringes or growls in anger at the images the word creates: those people who believe that the government or the wealthy “owe” them benefits. Included in that list would be free student loans, free cellphones, free services, interest-free mortgages, free money, food stamps, welfare . . . well, the list is extensive, so I’ll pause with these examples. Over the years, the list of entitlements has grown significantly, and the belief that people are owed these entitlements has become ubiquitous in a part of our population.
Those of us, on the other hand, who think that people benefit from working for their hard-earned dollars, are considered selfish, arrogant, and we might as well throw in, racist, too. We’re now learning that the House is developing legislation that would provide “Covid relief,” providing as much as $14,000 per family; unfortunately, it appears a way of instituting a universal basic income program.