AMERICANA: Who's Entitled?

The theory that Americans have moved from an era of rising expectations into an era of rising entitlement—a theory that was all too emphatically affirmed by looters in blacked-out New York City last week—has also been endorsed by a Boston federal judge, no less. When Jane Benduzek, 40, admitted embezzling $84,958 from Boston's South Shore National Bank, where she was a teller, Judge Frank Murray was told that she had felt "entitled" to all that loot. She used much of it to help right such "wrongs'" as the financial setbacks suffered by her brother, who has seven children, and...

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