Government programs called entitlements have gotten way out of control and will bankrupt our country or force us to significantly increase taxes in the near future. 

Entitlements by my definition are broader than just social security and medicaid, they include substitutes for buying a home (in the form of significant tax breaks - which I enjoy), subsidies for various foods and crops, subsidies for farmers grazing their herds, basically a huge selection of government money give away programs that have out lived their initial intended mission.  The government representatives have given away more money in an effort to get re- elected and stay in their positions for too many years.  Most Americans are not even aware of the programs and there is little oversight and no transparency.

We need to re-examine ALL the programs to see if they are working, if they need to be modified or eliminated, and find ways to reduce our growing deficit and reform our spending practices.