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Latest Pathetic Conservative Attack on Social Security: Disability Fraud Hysteria
01-30-2013, 08:30 AM
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Latest Pathetic Conservative Attack on Social Security: Disability Fraud Hysteria
http://www.alternet.org/economy/latest-p...d-hysteria

From the article:
Quote:Conservatives are not happy. Despite their best efforts, the public continues to give Social Security a big thumbs up, and the President has just launched his second term with a speech hailing the program as a force that strengthens America.

You can understand their frustration. They’ve tried so very hard to make Americans think that we cannot afford to treat sick, disabled and elderly people with dignity while we subsidize the rich and fight unnecessary wars. But the public hasn't bought their solvency fabrications. And we haven’t been fooled by various pretenses for cutting, from the “chained CPI” adjustment to extending the retirement age again. Even the means-testing ruse, cloaked as sensitivity to the poor but intended to drain public support for the program, hasn’t worked out for them so far.

Conservatives still hate Social Security. Since the day the program was passed under Franklin Roosevelt, the greedy rich who don’t want to pay taxes and the financiers who want to stick Americans with private retirement accounts on which they can charge fees continue to invent new ways to attack and discredit the country's best-loved program. The think-tank minions and PR units attached to these Scrooges keep themselves up at night imagining new ways to dupe the public into accepting grotesque economic inequality as the norm and a downgraded future as the price we must pay for Wall Street greed.

Now the Social Security haters are taking a page from the Welfare Queen smear campaign book of the ‘90s to conjure a new scapegoat for all that is wrong with America: the Disability King. According to this meme, the problem with America’s economy and society is vast numbers of lazy, lying, good-for-nothing loafers cheating the American taxpayer through disability fraud.

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The rabid racist RW has never much liked social programs. They really hated them since the Civil Rights Era when they were opened to everyone. Note that they never minded taking tax money from "those people", just as long as "those people" couldn't join the programs that they paid for, but I digress.

Consider that the fraud caused and wealth taken by the Top 1% that resulted in the recent economic crash and the fact that no one will likely go to prison nor any corporation forced to break up or close. The Top 1% did more and lasting damage than an army of poor people committing fraud could ever do, and yet too many are pre-occupied with "preventing" welfare fraud. Not because of fraud, which is illegal and should be prosecuted accordingly, but because of the social attitude that anyone requiring gov't assistance is considered a slug, a parasite, and any host of pejorative terms. The PSC here in Georgia has just passed a $5/month fee on free cell phones to "prevent" fraud and abuse. The fee wasn't requested or wanted by the service providers, who have worked at stopping fraud. It appears to be purely punitive, just to hurt the ones that can least afford it. In the meantime, tax cuts for the Top 1% are again being fought for during a time the country can least afford it.

If anyone tells you that a poor person never gave you a job, remind that individual that no poor person ever shipped million of jobs to China.
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01-31-2013, 03:28 PM
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The wealthy won't stop til they own everything. They have no idea how the average American lives and tries to pay bills.

"I give thanks for this perfect day. Miracle will follow miracle and wonders will never cease."

There's nothing more reassuring then realizing the world is crazier than you are.
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02-01-2013, 01:40 PM
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(01-30-2013 08:30 AM)Brewman_Jax Wrote:  http://www.alternet.org/economy/latest-p...d-hysteria

From the article:
Quote:Conservatives are not happy. Despite their best efforts, the public continues to give Social Security a big thumbs up, and the President has just launched his second term with a speech hailing the program as a force that strengthens America.

You can understand their frustration. They’ve tried so very hard to make Americans think that we cannot afford to treat sick, disabled and elderly people with dignity while we subsidize the rich and fight unnecessary wars. But the public hasn't bought their solvency fabrications. And we haven’t been fooled by various pretenses for cutting, from the “chained CPI” adjustment to extending the retirement age again. Even the means-testing ruse, cloaked as sensitivity to the poor but intended to drain public support for the program, hasn’t worked out for them so far.

Conservatives still hate Social Security. Since the day the program was passed under Franklin Roosevelt, the greedy rich who don’t want to pay taxes and the financiers who want to stick Americans with private retirement accounts on which they can charge fees continue to invent new ways to attack and discredit the country's best-loved program. The think-tank minions and PR units attached to these Scrooges keep themselves up at night imagining new ways to dupe the public into accepting grotesque economic inequality as the norm and a downgraded future as the price we must pay for Wall Street greed.

Now the Social Security haters are taking a page from the Welfare Queen smear campaign book of the ‘90s to conjure a new scapegoat for all that is wrong with America: the Disability King. According to this meme, the problem with America’s economy and society is vast numbers of lazy, lying, good-for-nothing loafers cheating the American taxpayer through disability fraud.

...

The rabid racist RW has never much liked social programs. They really hated them since the Civil Rights Era when they were opened to everyone. Note that they never minded taking tax money from "those people", just as long as "those people" couldn't join the programs that they paid for, but I digress.

Consider that the fraud caused and wealth taken by the Top 1% that resulted in the recent economic crash and the fact that no one will likely go to prison nor any corporation forced to break up or close. The Top 1% did more and lasting damage than an army of poor people committing fraud could ever do, and yet too many are pre-occupied with "preventing" welfare fraud. Not because of fraud, which is illegal and should be prosecuted accordingly, but because of the social attitude that anyone requiring gov't assistance is considered a slug, a parasite, and any host of pejorative terms. The PSC here in Georgia has just passed a $5/month fee on free cell phones to "prevent" fraud and abuse. The fee wasn't requested or wanted by the service providers, who have worked at stopping fraud. It appears to be purely punitive, just to hurt the ones that can least afford it. In the meantime, tax cuts for the Top 1% are again being fought for during a time the country can least afford it.

If anyone tells you that a poor person never gave you a job, remind that individual that no poor person ever shipped million of jobs to China.
The really sad part about it is, these are WORKING POOR! People who work two and three minimum wage jobs just to make a living wage. This country is sickening.
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02-01-2013, 01:49 PM
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This one hits close to home with me because my mother had to go on disability because of asthma some years ago. Glad it was available to her.
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02-01-2013, 03:06 PM
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(02-01-2013 01:49 PM)Brewman_Jax Wrote:  This one hits close to home with me because my mother had to go on disability because of asthma some years ago. Glad it was available to her.

My mother was also on disability Social Security.

Unfortunately she became disabled before Medicare and SSD came into being. She became disabled from a cerebral aneurism in 1957. While disability started in 1956 they were limited to workers between the ages of 50 and 65, my mother was 39 in 1957. The only support we had was from my grandmother until 1961 when the age limits were lowered. She had no medical benefits until 1965.

I can personally vouch for the dramatic changes it meant for us when these programs were expanded.

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