Why Is No One Talking About the GOP’s Plan to Send Millions of Disabled Americans Into Poverty?

House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill, February 10, 2015 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Capitol Hill, February 10, 2015 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By William Greider

Despite their virtues, many conservative Republicans have an unfortunate habit of picking on the weak and disadvantaged, slandering the people least able to fight back. We saw a glimpse of this callousness in Mitt Romney’s disparagement of the “47 percent” who are “takers” living off the hard-working “makers.” The newly empowered GOP majority in Congress is going down the same road—targeting the millions of sick or injured Americans who receive Social Security disability payments.

This is a favorite old canard of self-righteous right-wingers. They label these unfortunate people as shiftless and suggest none too subtly that many are faking their injuries and illnesses. The GOP has been pushing this cold-hearted slander for at least thirty-five years, ever since the glorious reign of Ronald Reagan in the 1980s (who remembers Reagan’s imaginary “Welfare Queen” who drove to pick up her welfare check in a Cadillac?).

McConnell-Boehner Republicans are now reviving the Gipper’s big lie, claiming the Social Security system is in crisis because of swollen disability benefits. Allegedly to save the system, these so-called fiscal conservatives intend to cut benefits and throw out those supposedly able-bodied slackers. Once again, their facts are bogus. Never mind, their story line is concocted to arouse anti-government resentment among people who are themselves strapped for income.

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Author: konigludwig

progressive social democrat, internationalist, conservationist

One thought on “Why Is No One Talking About the GOP’s Plan to Send Millions of Disabled Americans Into Poverty?”

  1. The GOP is going after a group that already lives below poverty. Their goal is to divide the nations against itself. This will allow the wealthy to keep and use all our tax revenue. It is an immoral agenda and I hope it does not work. So many of our veterans are disabled because they were over used as a totally volunteer war machine. The disabled can not protect themselves against the wealthy. Is there any group that the GOP has not attacked (excluding the one percent) ? They attack women, minorities, elderly, homeless, working class, etc.

    We really need to get the republicans out of office if we want to live in a free safe society. Only if we vote them out of office will they start working again for the American citizens and our nation. That is the only way the GOP will learn their lesson and maybe they will redeem their brand and party.

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