Entitlement, the Word

Paraphrasing Robert Lewis Stevenson from his essay, “Truth of Intercourse”, to tell the truth is to convey a true impression. At odds with this, the word `entitlement’ is sometimes used in a way that misinforms.

So would you spend a lot of money to redefine a word? Probably not, even if you had it to spend. Well, you may not have known, but just in the past five years, 2007-2011, Peter G. Peterson spent nearly a half-billion dollars on his campaign to cut back the `entitlement’ programs, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.[i] In the process he continued to contribute to redefining `entitlement’. Continue reading