Federal programs, such as Social Security (see also Social Security), Medicare (see also Medicare) and Medicaid, that disburse money according to fixed formulas to citizens who fall into designated categories. Because entitlements do not require annual congressional appropriations, their cost tends to rise steadily and, in the view of some, out of control.
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How to use entitlements in a sentence
Merit should trump minority according to Asian-Americans who continue the fight against race-based entitlements in the US.
A population with an ever- increasing dependence on government in the form of entitlements and subsidies.Could George W. Bush Be The Last Republican President? | Myra Adams | January 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
No, 53 percent of direct cash entitlements go to people over 65 years old.Single Mothers Are Not America’s Real Welfare Queens | Amanda Marcotte | January 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For Republicans, that meant no tax increase; for Democrats, no cuts in entitlements.Thanks, Patty Murray and Paul Ryan. You Did Your Job. Finally. | Eleanor Clift | December 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Democratic Party we thought we knew has left us, abandoning voters on jobs, education, and entitlements.
Well, from now on that's whut it better be and don't you fail to call me by them entitlements either.Back Home | Irvin S. Cobb
And, finally, to keep this economy strong we must take on the challenge of entitlements.State of the Union Addresses of George W. Bush | George W. Bush
Now, could you make out the monstrosity's entitlements a little clearer, if you please, Thomas?'Heart of the West | O. Henry
We cut $255 billion in spending, including entitlements, in over 340 separate budget items.
Ef 'Nervy Ann hear talk 'bout my name an' entitlements bein' in de paper, she'll quit me sho.