The notion of entitlements has been carried far beyond that of a social welfare net. Entitlements are now overblown and unsustainable. They have been used as vote-buying schemes by politicians willing to promise anything to gain or retain office. They are no longer beneficial, but serve as disincentives that produce perverse behavior.
This mindset is now so ingrained that it represents a potentially corrosive and harmful force in society. Charles Hugh Smith describes it thusly (emboldening added):
The entitlement mindset atrophies self-reliance, adaptability and flexibility, all key