Basically, it comes down to the fact that the people receiving benefits from the government aren't receiving enough. Based on their status when filing, it's determined that they are entitled to additional funds.
That is the simple answer to your question. The more difficult one is fairness and that can't be explained simply. Like it or not, there are people who need help. While the government thinks they are responsible for providing this help, there are more than a few who think it's gotten out of hand. The common phrase being ban-tied about is too many takers and not enough makers. I guess if I were one of those receiving the benefits from the hard work of others, I'd have a different position on this point. There are arguments to be made on both sides.
Hi Tara I work for a living. I pay social security taxes every pay check so people that are retired now get a check from the government. The day you get a job you will do the same and put into the social security fund so that when I get old and retire I can get a check from the government. So overall it's still income whether you're working or retired and getting a check from the government. someone else is paying you. Hope I explained it so you understand
I work construction. Out of every year since 2010 I have not been able to get more than 3 months a year of work. My unemployment has been keeping me afloat but has been lowered. This has been the sad case for many of us in California. We NEED more work. I am so happy that there are programs like welfare that I myself have paid into for years. If things get worse at least my family wont be out in the street.
Some think that entitlement is a word for welfare, I worked for 50years and paid S.S. and Medicare, I had no choice. Now that I'm retired I don't care for the word entitlement, I consider SS and Medicare , to be insurance policy's that I am now cashing in.