Let's drop the whole notion of "entitlement." Just eliminate it. Politicians, pundits and academics who talk about entitlements would then have to name the actual programs and argue their merits and demerits. This would encourage clarity and candor.
The fiasco in Washington over the partial government shutdown, raising the debt ceiling and deepening animosity between Republicans and Democrats (and Republicans and Republicans), has left many asking if there is any way out of this bitter, endless cycle. There may be....
The latest round of the budget and debt-ceiling fight went decidedly to the Democrats. While there's a certain "pox on both their houses" aspect to the fallout from the government shutdown, Republicans clearly absorbed a bigger hit in public opinion.
This just in from a new Esquire/NBC News study: There are more Americans in the vast middle than on either the left or right.
Who didn't know?
Certainly those Americans who dwell in The Great Big Center have known this for some time.
Hunting and fishing are such a valued part of our Minnesota heritage that they are forever preserved privileges under the state constitution alongside protections for freedom of expression and religious liberty.