Entitlements will be the downfall of us. Take Illinois for example...hasn't passed a budget in 3 years or so...$14B in debt...I believe all of the state's budget goes to either debts, pensions and so on and so forth (aka no discretionary money). They're essentially insolvent. Meanwhile, many people have planned on living the remainder of their days off their promised pensions. They're about to be, or eventually will be, in a real pickle. And what are they to do? Go back to work? I can see the riots now! ---- How do we stop it? it doesn't matter...it won't be stopped- political suicide... Like a parasite that dies with its host, the entitlements will stop when the government has nothing left to hand out.