Will entitlements sink the American economy?

The Great Society launched the ever-expanding modern American welfare state. The rate of entitlement growth has been twice as fast as income growth for the last 50 years with no halt in sight. It's nice to be compassionate, but where does compassion end and personal responsibility kick in. This is what 611 people said about ballooning entitlements crisis. What do you think? Do the brakes have to be put on entitlements?