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    "What Froma Harrop writes is partly a truth."

    And what she blathers about is also partly lies. She has no business calling herself a writer, a journalist, or reporter. Her views are so obviously slanted they scream at you. Total garbage. Read and believe what you may. It's great we have the First Amendment. She expressed her views and I expressed mine. Thanks for taking the time for reading.

    If people won't go protest in the streets, then they'll end up sleeping on them instead.

    by Bud Meyers on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 10:47:34 PM PDT

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    •  Thank you, Bud Meyers for this excellent diary. (0+ / 0-)

      We need more folks writings diaries on this topic.  I say this because the sad truth is--many folks do believe that SSDI is 'doled out like candy.'  A patently false claim/belief, but apparently, one that has 'caught fire.'  I just argued against this notion less than 48 hours ago.  But no matter what I said, the other person would hear none of it.  

      I'm wondering if this is being pushed on right-wing or corporatist media (I don't watch Cable media anymore, except for C-Span and finance/business news, so I wouldn't know).

      Anyway, thank you for pushing back.

      Sadly, I believe that this thinking is simply an extension of that which causes some middle and working class folks to resent programs (in general) which help low income Americans.  IOW, some folks blame these folks, instead of the PtB that we (the American People) are being scr**wed regarding the cutting of our Social Security and Medicare benefits.

      I've read that the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions--I think!) is looking at overhauling the SSDI Program.

      Here's a quote from Senator Harkin regarding 'reform' of SSDI:

      Third, I am sensing a growing recognition in Washington that we should not force people with disabilities to prove they cannot work in order to be eligible for supports from the government.

      The 1956 definition of disability in the Social Security Act, and the entitlement programs that have grown up around that definition, need to be modernized so they are in alignment with the ADA's goals of equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency.

      That sound great--if it doesn't lead to a benefit cut.

      Or force someone with a disability that is painful, to work (I have a friend with one of these types of disabilities.)

      In a couple of pieces that I've read, he indicates that reform measures are partly in order due to the need for cost containment.

      Hope folks on SSDI are watching this closely.  I would be if I could, but I've had to cut back on my blogging and [so-called] policy research time.

      Oh, one of the policy changes that has been floated has been to remodel SSDI, and make it more like VA Disability.

      The VA Disability System is largely based upon 'partial' disability categories. I have a family member that is 'partially disabled,' so to speak.  [He can and does work full time.]

      And, VA Disability is also being 'looked at.'

      Of course, some of these policy changes were recommended by the President's Fiscal Commission (Bowles-Simpson) in 2010.

      I don't mean to 'overreact,' but the Unemployment Insurance (UI) 'overhaul' that the Administration first called for a couple of years ago, has significantly cut extended federal UI benefits considerably.

      Today, there's not even the possibility of being a "99'er," cause the Administration's reform cut the maximum number of Unemployment Insurance (UI) available from 99 to 73.  

      Here's an excerpt and link below.

      Federal legislation enacted in February 2012 reduced the maximum number of weeks of additional benefits available through EUC from 53 to the 47 now available.

      In addition, even states with high unemployment rates typically no longer meet the “three-year lookback” condition described above for offering EB.  

      As a result the maximum number of weeks of UI available in high-unemployment states, which had been 99, has shrunk to 73 (93 if a state can offer EB). Currently, only Alaska, with its high IUR, offers EB.

      So anytime I hear "reform" or "overhaul,' LOL, I get 'a little nervous.'

      Thanks for writing on this.  I'll link to a hearing about expanding employment for folks with disabilities [a HELP Committee Hearing.]  

      I haven't had a chance to listen to all of it, but maybe it will contain some helpful information.

      I hope that 'some good' will come out of these hearings.   ;-)


      "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


      by musiccitymollie on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 01:57:20 PM PDT

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