FROM WELFARE TO food stamps to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, our country now marshals a massive network of trillion-dollar entitlement programs colloquially known as the "social safety net." Many Americans, including a few of those running for president, see these bureaucracies as defining achievements of a nation where "nobody is left behind." Forget the fact that the entitlements, many of which began with the goal of providing "basic minimum benefits" have grown into a gargantuan burden costing over $1.5 trillion a year and careening toward total collapse. For example, payouts will begin to exceed the revenues into Social Security in just nine years and current estimates have the entire system going belly up in 2041. Entitlement Mentality Is Wrecking Economy at SmartMoney.com JEAN Twenge has a knack for chronicling the obsession that many Americans have with, well, themselves. In 2006, the psychology professor at San Diego State University wrote a highly informed book on what she called "Generation Me" Americans in their teens, 20s and 30s who display very healthy levels of self-esteem even if they haven't accomplished much to earn it. Hung up on themselves: Entitlement mentality and the current economic crisis Morning Journal: Serving Lorain, Erie, Huron and western Cuyahoga counties I put this here to stimulate debate on a question that perhaps at least in my mind is a problem today with a large segment of the population. Everything from willingly saying ho hum to the Govt. take over of American Indutries, to banking, and now beating the drum to hand over your freedom to make your own healthcare decisions, is this all part of this entitlement mentality?