Walter Willams is a doctor of economics and nobody, not even Thomas Sowell, is better at explaining –in layman’s terms — what’s wrong with our “entitlement” programs and why they need to go away.

“The language Congress uses to describe their spending is corrupt beyond redemption. Think about the term entitlement. If one American is entitled to something he didn’t earn, where in the world does Congress get the money? It’s not Santa or the Tooth Fairy.

The only way Congress can give one American a dollar is to first take it from another American.

Therefore, an entitlement is a congressionally given right for one American to live at the expense of another. In other words, Congress forcibly uses one American to serve the purposes of another American.

As such, it differs in degree, but not kind, from that uglier part of our history where black people were forcibly used to serve the purposes of their slave masters.”