Get Politically Active: Editorial: Disability system deserves full funding

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The following is a Canandaigua Daily Messenger (1/25/15) Editorial about the amendment to the House of Representatives rules that Rep. Reed co-sponsored, that will in effect cut reduce Social Security Disability benefits by 19%.  Follow this link for a pdf copy of this Editorial.

Our View Disability system deserves full funding

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About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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6 Responses to Get Politically Active: Editorial: Disability system deserves full funding

  1. whungerford says:

    There is much evidence that Tom Reed’s guiding principle is that individuals should not need or receive government support in all but extreme cases. Yet he makes exceptions for programs he likes, hospice services for example.

  2. Deb Meeker says:

    The interesting part is, Reed’s thought process doesn’t even sniff at the corporate waste, fraud and abuse that’s perpetrated on all of us. Punishing the disabled, the most vulnerable among us, by essentially demanding they suck it up, and get nonexistent jobs – is a clear statement that Reed is out of touch with the realities of the disabled. In my small circle of friends alone, there are three people whose lives would be drastically affected by Reed’s indifferent policy.

  3. Anne says:

    It’s easiest to go after the population with the least voice. He should be ashamed of himself.

  4. Anne says:

    I think the ultimate goal here is the privitization of the whole system…those Wall St. backers of Tom’s are salivating over all that money they just can’t quite get their hands on yet. Remember the last time this came to the forefront? Back during the Dubya years. Right before the stock market crashed, which would have wiped out everyone’s retirement savings with it.

  5. whungerford says:

    Yes, clearly. Author Yuval Levin writes: “a thriving free society with a market economy, strong families, a devotion to country, and a commitment to the value of every life.” Sounds good, but how to get it with an economy dominated by “malefactors of great wealth”–impossible. (Thanks to Bob McGill for finding Levin’s article.)

    http://www.nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/beyond-the-welfare-state

  6. pystew says:

    To Rep. Reed, unless you are catastrophically disabled (definition please) you faking it and should be working. I would rather have a medically trained health care work than a politician determine what is a disability. He has even said the government would help you find a job! That is strange, since he voted not to expand unemployment for those who ran out of time looking for a job.

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