History suggests that era of entitlements is nearly over. Barone observes
historical eras last approx 76 years and that “the original arrangements in each 76-year period became unworkable and unraveled toward its end.” Our current one, marked by “a vast increase in the welfare safety net and governance by cooperation among big units – big government, big business, big labor…” is about to expire: “The current 76-year period is nearing its end. What will come next?” A good question but don’t expect answers out of the clowns in the current DC circus.

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Sidekick January 15, 2013 at 7:48 am

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Interesting observation. What comes next? Great question.

flashingscotsman January 15, 2013 at 9:44 am

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I have a pretty good idea what comes next, and it ain’t gonna be pretty.

Lock and load.

Elrond Hubbard January 15, 2013 at 10:02 am

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No, it won’t be pretty, I ‘m a retired grandfather and I fear for my children and, especially, my grandchildren. Life in post-entitlement America will be “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short…”. [Thomas Hobbes]. As America slides into bankruptcy, violence and Third World poverty, the politicians will stay in power by waging class, ethnic and race wars.

Buy more ammo.

sa_rose January 16, 2013 at 12:31 pm

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They are already heading there. Look at the occupoopers, the black power folk and the attacks on anyone with a turban, even though Muslims, the avowed targets don’t wear turbans.

PsychoDad January 15, 2013 at 10:57 am

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Interesting, although he does stipulate that those 76 year eras are pretty arbitrary. Not to say we mightn’t be on the edge of one helluva cusp right now, just that his eras are pretty well-defined =in hindsight=.

poppajoe49 January 16, 2013 at 6:01 am

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Can you say “Third World Country”?

ooddballz January 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Subject: Feb. 2, 2013

Something to look forward to

In the coming New Year, 2013, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address will occur on the same day.

This is an ironic turn of events. One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for guidance…

The other involves a groundhog.

Big Al January 15, 2013 at 10:03 am

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Thanks for the humor ooddballz. I am in Pennsylvania and I have just the place to use that line.

PsychoDad January 15, 2013 at 11:02 am

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Nice! Maybe a bit obvious, but very nice!

Joe January 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

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Lol, totally stealing that. I seen it coming all the way, but it was still funny.

poppajoe49 January 16, 2013 at 6:02 am

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5 thumbs up for that one.

Big Al January 15, 2013 at 10:01 am

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“What will come next?” I think they are going to cull the herd.

danybhoy January 15, 2013 at 11:58 pm

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Again, Maggie Thatcher, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money”. Socialism is the welfare state, & the welfare state is about entitlement. Too many peopole act as they do & live they way they do BECAUSE get benefits paid for by our gov’t. Take that away, make people get off their ass, & you have a different country.

flashingscotsman January 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

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A basic idea of economics is that you get more of what you subsidize, and less of what you tax.

We tax success, and subsidize sloth.