The editorial of Mar. 2, "A time to lead," from the Washington Post, in which the term "entitlements" was used was the straw that broke this camel's back. I am 65 years old and I'm receiving Medicare and will start receiving Social Security when I reach full retirement age.
These two programs are often referred as entitlements, but I have paid into Social Security since the age of 16 and Medicare since its passage into law.
I was never asked if I wished to participate, the government took the money for these programs, without any concern as to whether I was in an financial position to afford the deductions. In return I was promised retirement benefits, healthcare benefits, disability and survivor benefits if they were needed. I, and many seniors resent these being called entitlements. These are benefits that we paid for over the course of our working lives.
Entitlement as a term has a connotation that we somehow did not pay our share for these programs, and are on the "dole." As stated above, one can see that I do not believe that.
Others may say that we will get back more than we paid in and that may be true, if I live long enough. But the government had an agreement with me that if I contributed I would receive the benefits. I and other seniors should not be criticized for holding the government to their end of the deal.
It is not an entitlement, it is the return on the payments (investment) I made to the government over the course of my working life.