Eventually there will be nothing

December 18, 2005 at 5:38 PM (Uncategorized)

left to cut or withhold….

Fifteen percent of a disabled person’s SSI or SSDI payments will now be subject to witholding to pay for student loan debt.

Wait. Just. A. Minute.

Medicaid and Medicare are being cut left and right.

The amount paid out for those items is being cut to aid victims of Katrina/Rita, and the present war in Iraq.

I’m not arguing the point that the debt was incurred and is now due.

SSI @ 545 dollars a month plus 150 in food stamps is supposed to pay subsidsed rent and heat and electric

And minimal necessary toiletries: Toothpaste,shampoo toilet paper, brushes, combs towels,soaps,washcloths
And clothing
And laundry
And shoes
And coats
And food
And transportation
And haircuts
And over the counter cold/flu or pain relievers
And medications if the person does not qualify for Medicaid/Medicare as it has been already limited or eviscerated.

(the article of course states that in some hardship cases, the government can, on a situation by situation basis exersise generosity and restraint and decide not to go after the debt. Who choses? In which cases? at what level? Will there be hard and fast guidelines publicly available that the disabled, elderly or impoverished can count on?)

The average supporter of this might say, “Well, they should have never taken out the loans in the first place if it would overextend them. They knew what they were getting themselves into.”

Bull***t. One gets student loans with the altogether reasonable expectation that at the end of the educational labrynth there will be a career (or at least a job) waiting for them which will make it entirely reasonable to pay back the loans within the expected amount of time, and at the percentage that working recipients of these loans pay.

I’m *looking* for the luxury item. I’m *looking hard* for the place that says “They will still be able to subsist on 15%less.”

The Court could have decided on 5% or 2%. They could have written the *exact same opinion* and made the witholding realistic.

*Who* picked the percentage?

Certainly not anyone who has ever lived on subsistence levels.

Not anyone who has put off *necessary dental care* or getting a new crop of *necessary assistive devices* because there was no money in the cookie jar.

Not anyone who has had to clothe and feed a child at those limits.

People ask me to view those empowered to run our government as really reasonable people who only want what’s best for our country. I try…I do. Because I don’t *like* being forced into the role of unabashed partisan. I used to pride myself on some balanced objectivity.

And *then* I read crap like the linked story.

Pfft.

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For anyone who likes Star Trek

December 18, 2005 at 11:05 AM (Star Trek)

a brief link to some guest blogging. Enjoy.

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With A Grinchly Grin

December 18, 2005 at 8:23 AM (Christmas 2005)

Via www.seuss.org:

Sing it with me folks, and insert the name of your own personal favorite Grinch where appropriate:

Copyright © 1957, Dr. Seuss.

“You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
You really are a heel.
You’re as cuddly as a cactus,
You’re as charming as an eel. Mr. Grinch.
You’re a bad banana
With a greasy black peel.

You’re a monster, Mr. Grinch.
Your heart’s an empty hole.
Your brain is full of spiders,
You’ve got garlic in your soul, Mr. Grinch.

I wouldn’t touch you, with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole.
You’re a vile one, Mr. Grinch.
You have termites in your smile.
You have all the tender sweetness
Of a seasick crocodile, Mr. Grinch.

Given the choice between the two of you, I’d take the… seasick crockodile.

You’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch.
You’re a nasty, wasty skunk.
Your heart is full of unwashed socks
Your soul is full of gunk, Mr. Grinch.

The three words that best describe you,are, and I quote:

‘Stink.

Stank.

Stunk.’

You’re a rotter, Mr. Grinch.
You’re the king of sinful sots.
Your heart’s a dead tomato splot, with moldy purple spots, Mr. Grinch.

Your soul is an apalling dump heap overflowingwith the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable,
Mangled up in tangled up knots.

You nauseate me, Mr. Grinch.
With a nauseaus super-naus.
You’re a crooked jerky jockey
And you drive a crooked horse, Mr. Grinch.

You’re a three decker saurkraut and toadstool sandwich
With arsenic sauce.”

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Myth about Medicaid

December 18, 2005 at 8:04 AM (Medicaid, Medicare)

That has proven most usefull as Congress works some holiday overtime to trim Medicare and Medicaid

Myth is, that rich older people are standing in line for nursing home care, and applying for Medicaid and hiding millions of dollars in assets so they can get in.

And some in Congress have used the above fairytale to make the just past Medicaid/Medicare cuts a reality

Click on the title of this post for an article in Newsday that 1. Gives seniors the straight information about what Medicaid looks for when you apply, and 2. Near the end of the article, quotes a GAO study showing how small the average transfer of assets really is

and of course none of the politicians have come out to the media during this little overtime session and had an epiphany about cost cutting that would foster the independece of those on Medicaid and Medicare due to disability, the Money follows the Person idea stating that care at home is much more cost effective than standard nursing home care.

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