Betsy DeVos Confirmed, and IDEA Website Crashes.  Just a Coincidence? HMM!

Lawmakers are demanding answers from the U.S. Department of Education after a key government special education website went down.

Source: Senators Want Answers On IDEA Website Outage – Disability Scoop

Betsy DeVos Confirmed, and IDEA Website Crashes.  Just a Coincidence? HMM!

Even before Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education, despite protests from disability rights and education advocates, the link leading to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mysteriously crashed.  This begs the question, was the crash of this vital link, just a coincidence?  Or, was it a subtle message to the disability community that our needs are going to be giving no priority under the Trump administration?  Unfortunately, I suspect the latter option may be the answer.

One of the main reasons that such stiff opposition met the appointment of Betsy DeVos was that many people are concerned that her knowledge of disability issues, and other matters about public education, were sorely lacking.  When she was questioned during her confirmation hearings about the IDEA, she just drew a blank stare and tried to avoid the question.

It was very apparent to anyone who saw the confirmation hearing that Betsy DeVos was clueless about what the IDEA was, or its significance to people with disabilities.  When she was pressed on the question of the IDEA, Betsy DeVos tried to divert the questionnaire by saying, “these matters are best left to the States.”  This answer was ridiculous!

Anyone who knows anything about the IDEA knows that it was a federal mandate passed in 1974 that guarantees people with disabilities, an equal chance at an equal education.  To me personally, it was one of the primary reasons that I was able to attend college back in Pennsylvania in the late 70s.  She should’ve known that, especially since she is the person who will be in charge of educating this country’s children, even those with disabilities.

Betsy DeVos is nothing more than just another one of Donald Trump’s unqualified members of his cabinet.  She joins the ranks of quite a few others, in this respect.

 

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Donald Trump: Bad Business for People with Disabilities

The man who says he has given more to Americans with disabilities than anyone else has faced a slew of lawsuits over ADA compliance.

Source: Donald Trump’s War on People With Disabilities

Donald Trump: Bad Business for People with Disabilities.

Why am I not surprised that Donald Trump has a fucked up attitude about people with disabilities especially as he openly mocked a reporter from the New York Times, who has a disability.  When it comes to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), his attitude is equally fucked up.  Donald Trump, who touts himself as such a great businessman, apparently doesn’t appreciate the billions of dollars that are generated by a business by just taking a few simple steps to make sure of equal access for people with disabilities.

Studies have shown that when a company caters to the needs of disabled people by following a few simple steps, set forth by the ADA, it is good business for a couple of reasons. First, people with disabilities are willing to spend money just like other people.  This puts more money and profits into the coffers of businesses who comply with the ADA.  Following the ADA also creates a great Stopreputation of business because it gives them more of a “human” face.  Whenever a corporation enhances their reputation by at least seeming to care about members of the community, it’s alway makes them look good in the public eye.  A positive image is always good business because most people look at companies as cold-blooded, non-caring entities that are only interested in making money.

Donald Trump has been sued several times for violating the ADA by not complying with it.  Most notably, the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City has been sued for noncompliance with the ADA.  The Taj Mahal has been shown to be an access nightmare, with many violations.  Other businesses, owned by Donald Trump, have also been sued for noncompliance with the ADA.

Donald Trump always likes to showcase his supposed great business acumen and skill.  To hear him tell it, one would think that his business sense is the biggest thing since sliced bread.  Since he has shown himself to be nothing more than a windbag, we should not be surprised that he is anything more than another big problem for people with disabilities.

 

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Victory for People With Disabilities in Los Angeles

Los Angeles will spend more than $200 million over the next decade to settle a federal lawsuit alleging that the city failed to provide enough apartments for people with disabilities in its publicly funded housing developments.

Source: L.A. to spend more than $200 million to settle suit on housing for disabled

Victory for People with Disabilities in Los Angeles

People with disabilitiesPeople with disabilities in the city of Los Angeles have won a significant victory with this latest ruling from the Courts. Hopefully, people with disabilities who need accessible housing will be able to have access to it finally. Also hopefully, these housing units will be accessible. By using the term “truly accessible, housing units” I mean that these homes will be fully equipped to handle whatever disability that a particular person has. Many homes are ruled to be accessible, even if they truly are not. There have been any times when the “powers that be”, (mostly able-bodied people) really don’t have a clear understanding of what the word accessibility even means. How many times have we people with disabilities see the situation where some architect or builder thought that something was accessible just because they stuck a blue symbol of access on it?

One of the biggest barriers faced by people with disabilities is finding accessible housing. For many disabled, they are trapped living in inadequate housing that doesn’t serve their needs. They are then put in the unenviable position where they cannot have the true enjoyment of life, as any other person expects to, or has the right to. Many times, housing that is termed as being accessible isn’t, and forces a person to live with the added burden of having to make do in a situation that most people would not tolerate.

In fact, there are nearly 2 million people with disabilities people trapped in nursing homes just because they cannot find accessible housing. Even though I applaud this decision, and think it’s wonderful, I am most other advocates for people with disabilities will not be satisfied as long as there are so many of our brothers and sisters trapped in human warehouses.

 

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Hollywood’s Latest Insult To the Disabled: “Me before You”

Disability rights activists have rallied against the normalization of suicide for disabled people in Me Before You. Protesters told BuzzFeed News the scope of the protest is unprecedented.

Source: The “Me Before You” Backlash Was Bigger Than Anyone Expected

Hollywood‘s Latest Insult To the Disabled: “Me before You”

Me Before YouAs a person with a disability, I greatly resent the Hollywood stereotypes of what it’s like to live with a disability and don’t even have a clue. Once again, Hollywood stereotypes are creating great harm to the disability rights movement and all disabled people with its latest insult, entitled “Me Before You“. This latest film, which is supposed to be a romance, instead becomes nothing more than just another “disability snuff film.”

The Hollywood stereotypes erect a type of barrier that is far harder to correct that a physical barrier. “Me Before You” creates what we call an attitudinal barrier, which is far more difficult to correct that a physical barrier. A physical barrier can be altered or done away with by constructing something differently, such as installing a ramp, widening a doorway, or some other type of construction work. On the other hand, an attitudinal barrier is far harder to correct. It can only be changed through informing and educating people about what it’s like to live with a disability; something that Hollywood executives haven’t got a clue about. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be keen to listen to us or what we have to say about films like “Me Before You.”

However, since the disability rights movement and people with disabilities, in general, have turned out with a huge protest that could severely damage profits, which is what Hollywood executives care most about, they might finally take some note of us. Unfortunately, any changes probably won’t happen very fast. The only thing that happens quickly in Hollywood seems to be pocketing the money they make from films that exploit people like “Me Before You”.

A few years ago, there was also a considerable controversy about the movie, “Million Dollar Baby“, a film that has the lead actress begging to be killed after she has a severe spinal cord injury that leaves her paralyzed. This time, disabled people are even angrier and insulted and are turning out in large numbers to protest “Me Before You”. Hollywood executives have been caught off guard by the scope of the current protests which in many places is still ongoing. I’m pleased to say that these protests are growing and getting bigger and more vocal. We have succeeded in drawing the attention of some of the largest newspapers and news outlets in the country.

 

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Jun 2, 2016 Me Before You comes out tomorrow. I’ve never read the book, but my mom told me about it and I read the reviews online. It’s the story of a guy …

 

BBC Article. Disability & Sex

I saw this article on a disability-related listserve that I am a member of, and I thought it was too good not to share. Even though it really has nothing to do with politics, except for maybe sexual politics, it was too good not to share with as many people as this small blog may reach

BBC Article. Disability & Sex

http://www.bbc.com/news/disability-35762887

‘Pretty Cripples’ and the people turned on by disability
By Emily Yates
Presenter, BBC Three
12 March 2016
From the section Disability

Disability and sex_devoteesAfter posting a photo of herself online, disabled BBC Three presenter Emily Yates was shocked to receive a message saying “pretty cripple”. It led her to investigate the secret world of “devotees” – those who are sexually aroused by disabled people and their struggles.

It was 2011 and I was living in Melbourne, Australia, when I posted a photo of myself in my wheelchair on Facebook ahead of the university’s annual ball.

Later I saw a few friendly comments had been added from people wishing me a great evening but below that I was shocked to see the words “pretty cripple” posted by a friend in New York.

I was hurt that compliments and negative terms could go hand-in-hand in this way, but was even more offended when I later discovered that, to some, it was the biggest gesture of admiration he could have given me.

After an angry Facebook rant, I found myself being introduced to a community of people who are sexually aroused, and attracted to, disability as friends pointed me towards some websites about people known as devotees.

The websites would become the doorway to discovering some pretty dark stuff but, surprisingly, I found it strangely refreshing at times.
I’m ashamed to say that I often find myself almost apologising for my disability. I have cerebral palsy and, when talking to guys online, I make sure they know I’m a wheelchair user so they have a get-out clause before choosing to meet me.

In a world that constantly tells us anything out of the realms of “normal” is undesirable, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t impressed by the idea that there are people out there who would happily love and accept every little bit of me, especially the bits that I’ve always considered flawed.
But, as I started to come face to face with people in the devotee community, I felt wary.

One of the first I met was Gray, a husband and father in the USA, who wanted to remain anonymous as even his wife doesn’t know of his interest.

He seemed both confident and lonely – accepting of his “devness” as he calls it, but equally trapped by it.

He told me he thought my legs were “very nice and sexy” and sees leg-braces or wheelchairs in the same way others see party dresses. For him, relationships with disabled women can offer more intimacy than those with able-bodied women.

Gray’s interest in disabled women first emerged at school when a girl with a very short leg and one arm entered his classroom, he says he fell immediately in love: “To me she was obviously the most gorgeous woman in the whole school district.”

As I spoke to him, though, I wondered if his attraction was more about vulnerability and power – things which I didn’t want others to consider when they look at me.

It was through meeting Gray that I discovered some devs are solely attracted to the disabled body, and cannot find sexual gratification with able-bodied partners.

Ruth Madison, an American author who writes fiction about a teenage devotee and her love for a paraplegic man, is open about her devoteeism, which is perhaps why I liked her so much.

She says she was a toddler when she first realised her desire for disabled people but knew she “couldn’t let anyone know”. This led to years of intense secrecy.

When I met Madison she proudly showed me her desk chair – it’s a second-hand wheelchair – and said her feelings are now so intense it impacts her sex life.

People she gets involved with have to be noticeably disabled. One boyfriend she had was paralysed but only had a damaged spinal cord rather than a completely severed one and so had a certain degree of mobility. “He didn’t always use equipment,” she says, “and when we were in bed together I couldn’t really see his disability.

“That would sometimes hamper things for me,” she says, and admits she would have to look at his stick or wheelchair to become aroused.
Meeting Madison and seeing her open and honest attitude empowered me.

Devoteeism finally had a face and a name which invited me into a home, was transparent and much more than an online presence with a disability fetish. It helped make me realise devotees are people too.

But I also came into contact with a section of the devotee community called the “bad devs” – those who enjoy watching someone struggle.

Simply put, this particular fetish focuses on the difficulties someone with a disability might face in their everyday life, such as using stairs.
To find out more about this for myself I decided to make my own “devotee porn” for bad devs.

Strangely, it’s not like the porn you might be thinking of. Imagine the most mundane everyday task acted out by a disabled person. Not worth watching, right? Some devotees couldn’t disagree more.

Putting a call out on social media I asked what my audience wanted to see from me. Their requests came thick and fast. Some said they would love to see me transfer from my bed to my wheelchair with a clear view of my feet and legs and someone else added they hoped I would have a few muscle spasms too. They were very upfront about what they like.

I made a short film of me transferring from my wheelchair to my beloved car, but I almost cried beforehand because I felt so objectified.
If it was a performance and I could look really sexy that could be really fun, but actually what they’re asking me to do is something I do every day and have difficulty with.

While wandering through this world of devoteeism I have come across examples of troubling empowerment and exploitation but, at the same time, I’ve learnt something important and positive.

I met many devotees along the way and some were really genuine, I understood them and liked them.

Essentially what they were saying was, “Why should we exclude anybody when disabled people can be just as beautiful?” But I think there’s also a problem when you fetishise something, that it can hamper you from having feelings for the full person.

Am I here to judge devoteeism? Of course not. In fact, I believe that putting this otherwise hidden subject out in the open will help both devotees and disabled people to find what they are looking for, or what doesn’t interest them.
Do I want to ensure that we all have the knowledge and confidence to make our own sexual decisions, weighing up pros and cons, regardless of ability? Absolutely, and I hope my investigation is just the start of encouraging that conversation to flourish.

 

Hot Wheels: The World of Wheelchair Fetishists and Disability Devotees

According to my friends, devotees are pretty common. If you have a disability and try dating, chances are you’ll bump into one soon. Yet, the idea of someone being turned on by my disability seemed both baffling and distasteful to me. So, I decided to

 

 

DISABLED PROTEST AND ARE ARRESTED – 26 YEARS LATER

LEAD: More than 100 protesters in wheelchairs were arrested today in the Capitol Rotunda after they boisterously demonstrated for swift passage of a civil rights bill for the millions of Americans with physical and mental disabilities.


Saturday March 12th marks the 26th anniversary of the largest act of civil disobedience in the Rotunda of the US Capitol.  300 ADAPT activists protested to support the passage of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Over 100 were arrested
This historic event followed another chapter in disability rights history – The Capitol steps crawl up on March 11th.
Approximately 50 ADAPT activists got out of their wheelchairs and crawled the 82 steps to the Capitol entrance to send the message to Congress – Disability Rights ARE Civil Rights

Don’t Mourn…Organize, Register and Vote!

Onward to November 8, 2016
Make the DISABILITY VOTE Count

Source: DISABLED PROTEST AND ARE ARRESTED

DISABLED PROTEST AND ARE ARRESTED -26 YEARS LATER

Disabled people crawling up the steps of the US capitol buildingI really regret that I was unable to be part of this demonstration by disabled people on the steps of the US Capitol building. I remember seeing this on TV, and I know at the time that I felt very proud to be a disabled person. When I saw this story, over 26 years ago, I remember I swelled with such a feeling of disability pride that I actually started to cry with happiness because I truly felt that I was actually part of a group of Americans that I was extremely proud to be part of. I had finally found a place where I belonged.

These people, my people, had finally had enough of systemic oppression that they were willing to fight for their rights as equal citizens. My people had finally taken a stand in the same true sense that our founding fathers had taken a stand against the British. These disabled people were exercising their First Amendment rights in the most sincere American tradition, protests and civil disobedience. And they were using the finest examples set forth by people like Thoreau, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In my opinion, the disability rights movement in the United States needs to start once again following this fine tradition of protest. The disability rights movement in this country is staggering around lost with no real direction. Too many younger disabled people seem to be more into  pandering to the establishment and have lost their sense of disability pride. We really need, as proud disabled people to once again unite, as these disabled people did run the risk of having our movement die on the vine. We, as disabled people need to stop trying to be part of the status quo. After all, the status quo is a broken system that is ruining this entire country.

The United States Needs to Get Serious about Gun Control

Fact-checking some of the gun lobby’s favorite arguments shows they’re full of holes.

Source: 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down | Mother Jones

 

The United States Needs to Get Serious about Gun Control

 

This country needs to actually get serious about enacting some type of effective gun-control legislation. Even though this country has been plagued by mass shootings over the last few years, the most recent of which was the Regional Center in San Bernardino, CA, nothing solid has yet been done by either our legislative bodies or any executive branch of government. We have heard a lot talk about gun control, but yet to see any real action in this very crucial issue.

The first excuse that people are against gun-control use seems very paranoid to me. They maintain the position that Uncle Sam is trying to take away their guns and violate their civil rights under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. For one thing, how would it be possible for the federal government to seize people’s weapons, especially since the government has no idea of how many guns there are out there or who owns them? Well, so much for that paranoid delusion!

This article in Mother Jones magazine goes a long way in helping to dispel 10 of the most commonly used arguments, or better yet excuses, that pro-gun people use to defend their arguments against gun-control, most of which I already knew to be ridiculous and indefensible.

I heard on the news this morning that there is a group here in California that actually has the gall to advocate a position that this tragedy in San Bernardino could have been avoided if more people at this regional center would have been armed. What a crock of bullshit!

As someone who has known people who work at regional centers, I can honestly tell you that none of them that I know of wants to be put in the position of carrying a gun while they’re on the job. Can you just imagine going to a regional center and seeing people walking around with holsters on their belts. What a ridiculous, almost laughable, scenario that would be. For that matter, this scenario of armed civilians walking around armed to the teeth is ridiculous no matter where it may be.

And this isn’t the first time this has been suggested that if more people carried guns, we would all be safer because armed civilians would act as some type of deterrent against people who might be prone to be a perpetrator of the mass shooting. How ridiculous can you get? If someone is truly committed to carrying out some type of gun violence against another person, or people, I highly doubt that armed civilians would be an effective deterrent. This very idea is truly ludicrous.

People who are opposed to gun-control have actually suggested that if teachers would have been armed, they would have been capable of stopping a perpetrator of a mass shooting at a school that may be under attack from some crazy person. Most teachers, when asked, have said that they would refuse to carry a gun. After all, what teacher wants to be put in the position of having to engage in a shoot out with a perpetrator?

Without proper training, a person carrying a gun can be just as dangerous as a perpetrator. People who are opposed to gun-control for some misbegotten reason seemed to think that firing a weapon is a piece of cake, and that anyone is capable of just picking up a gun, and using it. Well, they are very wrong. Firing a handgun, or any type of gun, requires a lot of skill and training. Why do people think that police officers spend hours practicing their shootings skills? The answer is, because firing a weapon is something that requires quite a lot of skill and practice.

The level of fear in this country has risen to an alarming level, in my opinion. Many people do not feel safe going to movies or attending any type of event. Good effective gun-control legislation that actually worked with go much farther in making a person feel safe than if everyone was armed with a gun.

As this article shows, more people are more liable to accidentally shoot themselves or family member that they are to shoot an intruder.

When Is the Appropriate Time To Discuss Gun Control, If Not Now?

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Friday said that it is not the appropriate time to discuss gun control policy following a deadly shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette, La.”We are less than 24 hours out, we’ve got two families that need to bury their loved ones. We’ve got …

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RT @ajplus: After the San Bernardino shooting, Bernie Sanders finally takes a strong stance on gun control. https://t.co/FADtxtSVBG

Home Care Workers Benefit, But at Whose Expense?

A federal appeals court has upheld a rule requiring that in-home care workers assisting people with disabilities be paid minimum wage and overtime.

Source: Wage Protections For Home Care Workers Reinstated – Disability Scoop

 

Home Care Workers Benefit, But at Whose Expense?

 

March 1st, 2011:

Even though I feel that home care workers are grossly underpaid and deserve to receive overtime pay, it still begs the question, “who pays for it?”  The reason I say this is because those of us who are dependent on state-funded programs, such as, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) here in CA are refused badly needed funding for these types of programs.  We can’t even get a supposedly “liberal” governor like Jerry Brown to restore a 7% cut in IHSS, made by the previous governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, despite the fact that our state will accumulate an estimated 4 billion dollars in a budget surplus over the next 4 years.

Home care workers deserve to receive higher wages and overtime pay, just as the Department of Labor (DOL) ruled last year because without them we disabled that seniors would not be able to continue living independent lives in the community, instead of nursing homes.  For most of us, our home care workers are the primary focus of our daily lives.

In some ways, most of us agree with the DOL ruling even though DOL hasn’t made a solid suggestion is about who pays for these wage increases and overtime for home care workers.  They don’t tell us how those of us who live on state-funded programs are supposed to pay for this, especially when neither the governor nor the state legislature will not cooperate with us on helping us to find the money.  They had put consumers of home care services in a Catch-22 position.  We are damned if we do, damned if we don’t.

The only way Governor Jerry Brown proposes to “help us” is to make a lame suggestion that our hours of home care service be reduced; something that he refuses to acknowledge is impossible for nearly all of us.  He acts as though we are awash in home care hours, even though the reality of the situation is that most of us have been dealing with a shortage of hours for many years.  Jerry Brown simply prefers to live in a state of denial about how inadequate our present home care service already is, and has been for many years.

US Court Reinstates Home Care Pay Rules

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated regulations drawn up by the Obama administration to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to almost two million workers who provide home care for the elderly and disabled.

Study Projects 2.5 Million More Home Care Workers …

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Social Security: Attempt to Starve America’s Disabled and Seniors Thwarted

Source: GOP Plan To Slash Social Security Thwarted – Working In These Times

Social Security: Attempt to Starve America’s Disabled and Seniors Thwarted

For the life of me, I can’t figure out how these GOP bastards think those of us who live on Social Security are living so high on the hog. Personally, last year I received $11,644 in Social Security benefits, well below the poverty line.  How do they think we are supposed to survive?  Oh, I forgot!  They don’t give a damn about anybody other than their rich friends.

Another thing I can’t figure out is how this proposal to cut Social Security benefits to seniors and disabled was attached to The Highway Bill.  How are they even remotely related to one another as issues?  The fact that legislative bodies always seem to do that is just part of the “divide and conquer” strategy, they always use whenever they are trying to alienate one group of citizens from another.  And for some reason, most Americans buy into it.

The reasoning these evil sons of bitches use is actually quite simple.  They figure that if they attach something totally unrelated, in this case Social Security cuts, to something as important as The Highway Bill, they can alienate people who are tired of potholes and dilapidated highways (most of us) from those of us who attempt to survive on Social Security.  Why can’t people see this?  It’s not that hard!

They think their dastardly attempts to alienate people who drive cars, who outnumber Social Security recipients, will result in motorists blaming us for the fact that this nation highways are not being maintained properly.  Unfortunately, there seems to be enough people buying into this divide and conquer strategy, that our politicians keep successfully using it every time they want to divide citizens from each other, for the purpose of causing harm to one group, in this case Social Security recipients.

Lawmakers should put into place some type of rule against tying unrelated items together on one piece of legislation.  It only allows politicians, who have some type of harmful motive, to hijack the legislative process for the sole purpose of causing harm and division among the citizens.

The thing that really gets me about this entire Social Security issue, or I should say non-issue is that the Social Security Trust Fund is actually okay, despite the untruthful claims to the otherwise.  If they would just stop dipping into the Social Security Trust Fund every time they came up short of cash, things would be okay.  If they stop using the Social Security Trust Fund as a slush fund, the entire Social Security system could actually be expanded rather than cut.

There is absolutely no justification for any legislator to pick on the nations poorest people.  They only do so because they consider us to be disposable.

Lindsey Graham Used A Moving Personal Story To Call For Social Security Cuts

Graham invoked Ronald Reagan as a model for bipartisan reform of Social Security and Medicare. Reagan brokered a deal in 1983 with then-Democratic House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill that combined tax increases and spending cuts to extend Social …
Social Security, pimps, prostitutes and Mike Huckabee

The Republican debates highlighted one major policy rift among candidates, with all of the candidates buying into the Very Serious Person trope that Social Security and Medicare are in dire trouble, but one candidate doesn’t …

 

Social Security Disability Benefits Face Cuts

Eleven million people face a deep cut in benefits next year if Congress fails to replenish Social Security’s disability trust fund, the administration said.

Source: Social Security Disability Benefits Face Cuts in 2016, Trustees Say – The New York Times

Social Security Disability Benefits Face Cuts

 

social securityWhen I first read this story about Social Security, I was totally outraged.  Sometimes, I believe that our so-called “leaders” in Washington DC are in the process of eliminating disabled people altogether by starving us to death.  How are we supposed to survive on the paltry sum of money that we currently get, let alone if they impose a 19% cut.

Personally, I live on straight Social Security so I probably won’t be as affected by this proposed cut as people hold them on SSDI or SSI.  Those people, at least here in CA, only receive about $845 per month to live on.  They are barely scraping by, as it is.  Expecting them to survive on less money is nothing less than an atrocity.  Multiply this amount by 12, and you can easily see that people on SSI or SSDI are currently living on starvation wages.

It’s hard enough for those of us on straight Social Security to get by with about $1145 per month, the amount I receive per month, so the politicians actually expect people on SSI and SSDI to survive?  What a bunch of bastards!

In January, when I received my earned income statement from the Social Security Administration (SSA), I found out that last year I received the whopping total of $14,644, well below the poverty limit.  To think that my disabled brothers and sisters who live on SSI and SSDI are forced to live on far less, makes me absolutely livid. We deserve to be treated with respect and provided enough money to live on.  Instead, we have a system that treats us like we were beggars instead of equal citizens.

The thing that really gets me is the fact that the politicians always act like there’s not enough money to properly fund the Social Security Trust Fund.  As anybody who has been around the block a couple of times knows, this is total bullshit.  After all, the U.S. Congress is always more than willing to throw a bunch of money across the river to the Pentagon, every budget cycle.  If there is enough money to maintain our bloated military, why isn’t there enough money to maintain funding that people rely on to survive?

Social Security’s support for people with disabilities faces challenges in …

Stanford economist Mark Duggan suggests that the Social Security Disability Insurance program could benefit from new reforms. His research shows that inconsistencies exist in how the program determines if a person is sufficiently disabled to qualify
Senate Bill May Kick 200,000 Off Social Security If They …

The large transportation funding bill moving through the Senate would end Social Security benefits for 200,000 people who have an outstanding felony arrest warrant—but have never been convicted by a court, or have a …
GOP Plans To Hold Social Security Hostage — And ‘Phase Out’

I get really impatient with the lazy “there’s no difference between the two parties” trope. One big difference is that the majority in one party is trying to expand Social Security, and the majority in the other is trying to destroy it.