ON-Lion Letter
In his new book A Nation of Takers:  America's Entitlement EpidemicBradley Prize recipient Nicholas Eberstadt details the exponential growth in entitlement spending during the past 50 years.  As he notes, in 1960, entitlement payments accounted for well less than one-third of the federal government's total outlays.  Today, entitlement spending accounts for a full two-thirds of the federal budget.

Eberstadt holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C., which is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

Drawing on an impressive array of data and employing easy-to-read charts, A Nation of Takers shows the unchecked spiral of spending on a range of entitlements, everything  from Medicare to disability payments.  But Eberstadt does not just chart the astonishing growth of entitlement spending in the book, from Templeton Press, he also details the enormous economic and cultural costs of this epidemic.  

Eberstadt powerfully argues that while this spending certainly drains our federal coffers, it also has a very real, long-lasting, negative impact on the character of our citizens.
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