Entitlement: the state of being entitled.
Entitled: to give (a person or thing) a title, right, or claim to something; furnish with grounds for laying claim
Mr. Krugman: "And among the undeniably rich, a belligerent sense of entitlement has taken hold: it’s their money, and they have the right to keep it."
A belligerent sense of entitlement? Could anyone really write that above line without doing a double take and going "Wow, that sounds really stupid"? In order for this to make any sense all rich people must have stumbled across their money while going to get the mail. Or maybe all rich people were given their money by some leprechaun via a pot of gold. And for some reason they feel they have a right to it. An undeserved right according to Mr. Krugman, since it was after all just happenstance that they met the leprechaun and not you.
Of course this is not true. For every Bernie Madoff there is a Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Steve Forbes, CEO's, athletes, or even George Soros. Fantastically wealthy men and women who have the right amount of drive, skills, perseverance, talent, and yes, some luck, to make it big. These people are no less "entitled" to their money than the Burger King cashier. They have earned it with their intellect, ambition, and labor. You are never just entitled to something that is yours without a doubt. It is yours period. People only use the word entitled when there is some debate over whether they really have a claim to it. If it is yours, like your money, there is no reason to speak of entitlements.
Complete morons like Paul Krugman seem to believe that once you hit some arbitrary threshold set by him and his fellow liberal nut jobs you are no longer allowed to make decisions with your money. It is the responsibility of the rich to take care of everyone. They should want to give money to the government and help the country. Of course no intelligent businessman should every want to give money to the black hole of inefficiency that is the US govt. I am sure that most of them realize they could get a better bang for their buck by donating to a private charity. Or even going out to some alley in NYC and handing out stacks of one hundred dollar bills to every panhandler they see.
Paul Krugman and those that think like him are the real greedy. They want to feel good by "standing up for the workers". They are usually unsuccessful themselves or choose not to donate their own money, but instead demonize successful people for being too successful. They lust after other people's success. I am almost certain that they have a self esteem issue and thus they strive to get people to like them by pointing out how "terrible" other people are. Then they pat themselves on the back and go get a hooker (see Spitzer, Elliot)