Editors Note: Jon points out a critical aspect of relative perspective that seems to exist in political argument.
This hypocrisy of convenience and perspective is not new to the supposed independent view taken by those that wish to embolden their political assertions and agenda through rhetoric. It's old. Very old.
While the Democrats are actually asking for things that we can't afford to pay for because we are largely imbalanced and unhealthy in both fiscal and physical shape (if one believes those crazy statistics that are coming out of the Center for Disease Control), the Republicans are spinning the argument when they wish to support their own hypocrisy and make it taste like deep fried butter. Remember when the Republicans and Corporate CEO's said they needed government socialism in the form of a multi-billion dollar bailout in 2008, and moaned about 'To Big To Fail'. Entitlements are bad unless they are what you want?
This is a serious issue. The reality is we need to stop looking at everything from our own single perspective, and actually become considerate of the needs and potentials of our country, our people, our states. It's not about entitlement though. It's about responsibility and capability. How do we get healthy again? That is the question.
That said, here is Jon's well spoken context wrapper delivering the sweet and sour reality of American politics:
"This is the problem with entitlements. Their really only entitlements when their something other people want. When it's something 'you' want, their the hallmark of a civilized society, the foundation of a great people. 'I just had a baby and found out maternity leave strengthens society.' But since I still have a job, unemployment benefits are clearly socialism."
Does Megyn Kelly realize her hypocrisy? Probably not. She probably will just spin things her way to soften the argument and make it fit her reality. But that's what everyone does... Can we really afford this degree of inconsideration?
The reality is we need to be more considerate of our reality, and our needs, and rather than focus on our entitlements; figure out how, or even 'if' we can afford them? At the same time, we need to get back to earning, conserving, and generally tightening our belts. It's a long way back to fiscal health.