ENTITLEMENTS….Speaking of charts and the CBO, here’s the chart gracing their home page at the moment. It sure explains why Tim Russert and his pals are so obsessed with skyrocketing, out-of-control, demographic-tidal-wave, pick-your-favorite-metaphor Social Security spending, doesn’t it?

Of course, Russert and his pals actually use medical services, of which Medicare is merely a reflection, and are thus not quite so keen to bang on endlessly about how we should be working to control medical costs and distribute medical care more efficiently and more equitably. After all, that might actually affect them. Slashing Social Security benefits really doesn’t.