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Because the federal government is spending more money than it takes in and does not have a long-term plan to reign in entitlement obligations. Today's politicians are spending future taxpayers' money. That means your children will be stuck paying for today's public spending sprees. If the pattern continues, everyone will see higher taxes and slower economic growth. How much has spending shifted to entitlement spending?","picture":null,"particle_type":"bodytext","object_id":"thowland1380899503","particle_id":2499039,"type":"particle"},{"shrink":null,"title":"","content_type":"","text":"Entitlements Are Eating Up the Federal Budget","picture":null,"particle_type":"bodytitle","object_id":"thowland1380900671","particle_id":2499317,"type":"particle"},{"shrink":null,"title":"","content_type":"","text":"Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid make up the bulk of automatic government spending. 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