Chicago Tribune editorial – Entitlement nation. More are living off tax revenues, and fewer are providing them

One problem is that as more people get benefits and fewer pay for them, the democratic pressures to contain federal spending weaken. The Journal notes that payments to individuals of one kind or another now account for 64 percent of all outlays, up from 47 percent in 1990. And people who don’t pay income taxes may be more inclined to raise them on people who do.

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