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Stressed? Are You Disabled?

DanCobb Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 3:25 PM
4) that Conservatives are happy to tell you about their own disabilities and how much worse off they are than people they have heard about who are collecting disability --and they're happy to tell you how stoic they are in their rejection of any benefits related to their disability. 5) that conservatives see a fraudulent claimant behind every tree and in every inkblot --the usual standard element of conservative paranoia; and 6) that conservatives tend to see things in black and white....: because some people are gaming the system, the system is bad and corrupt, without giving a second thought to all the truly disabled people who would be hopeless without the help of their co-citizens who pay taxes which help them survive.
A Capitalist Pig Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 11:59 PM
Redistribute your own money jacka*s. Liberals are always so much more compassionate with OTHER people's money.
Arley2 Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 4:05 PM
I'm not sure about this, but it may also be a function of the way government agency budget work. Let's say a disability program stuck to the original criteria and DID NOT spend their entire budget. What would happen? The budget would be reduced next year.

Show me one government administrator who would tolerate THAT.
Arley2 Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 4:01 PM
I'll bet you, Miss DanCobb, couldn't find ten conservatives anywhere in the US in a year long search who object to people who are genuinely disabled getting tax payer support.

The operative word is "genuinely."

What happens with nearly all government programs is that the criteria for awarding assistance become more and more inclusive over time, and THAT'S the fault of government regulators and those who make decisions about who is "genuinely" disabled.
Government worker: “Do you have a disability?”

Man: “No.”

Man’s wife: “What does he get if he’s disabled?”

Government worker: “His monthly payments will [double].”

Man’s wife: “Well, then he’s disabled.”

Government worker (to man): “What’s your disability?”

Man: “I’m stressed.”

An attorney friend of mine recently overheard the above conversation in a Florida government building. The man, who had just turned 65, was signing up for retirement benefits while his wife stood over his shoulder. I relay the story to illustrate how our government is expanding...