Reaction: President Obama dismisses entitlement reform

“With these words, the president 1) made it clear he is aware many Americans are troubled by the seemingly relentless expansion of government entitlement benefits and its impact on our way of life, and) 2 also made it clear that he totally dismisses their concerns.”Nicholas Eberstadt, AEI

In his second inaugural address yesterday, President Obama chose to downplay the risks posed by the expansion of government entitlement benefits and the impact they have on our country, economy, and way of life, saying:
 
“The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us.  They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.”

American Enterprise Institute (AEI) scholar Nicholas Eberstadt, author of A Nation of Takers: America’s Entitlement Epidemic explains in a just-published piece why the president is ignoring basic facts about disability benefits, Social Security, and Medicare when he dismisses concerns about increasing entitlement spending.  To read the full piece, click here.
 
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  • Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist and a demographer by training, is also a senior adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research, a member of the visiting committee at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a member of the Global Leadership Council at the World Economic Forum. He researches and writes extensively on economic development, foreign aid, global health, demographics, and poverty. He is the author of numerous monographs and articles on North and South Korea, East Asia, and countries of the former Soviet Union. His books range from The End of North Korea (AEI Press, 1999) to The Poverty of the Poverty Rate (AEI Press, 2008).

     

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