“The twilight of entitlement” is Robert Samuelson’s interesting piece about the collapse of an entitlement mindset. He suggests that we are seeing the demise of a set of expectations about our country:
We had a grand vision. We didn’t merely expect things to get better. We expected all social problems to be solved. We expected business cycles, economic insecurity, poverty, and racism to end. We expected almost limitless personal freedom and self-fulfillment.
Now he says, “65 percent of respondents said today’s middle class has less job and financial security than their parents’ generation. … Poverty is stubborn. Many schools seem inadequate.”
When even a liberal columnist finally understands that the entitlement society must eventually end, there is reason to believe that politicians will eventually realize the same. What cannot continue forever must eventually stop.