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.

6 Comments

  1. bridgett said,

    Being objective is not the same as being neutral. Nor does it mean considering all sides to have equal merit, since clearly not all positions on this or any other issue can be equally supported by evidence. It means weighing the evidence at your disposal in an impartial manner, without a prior assumption of the result that will be attained. I’d say you’re still objective — but that you’re finding less and less meritorious arguments to support an odious, ill-considered, and short-sighted social policy that trespasses on the human rights of the disabled and threatens their very survival. That only means that you aren’t stooopid.

  2. bridgett said,

    Being objective is not the same as being neutral. Nor does it mean considering all sides to have equal merit, since clearly not all positions on this or any other issue can be equally supported by evidence. It means weighing the evidence at your disposal in an impartial manner, without a prior assumption of the result that will be attained. I’d say you’re still objective — but that you’re finding less and less meritorious arguments to support an odious, ill-considered, and short-sighted social policy that trespasses on the human rights of the disabled and threatens their very survival. That only means that you aren’t stooopid.

  3. Gimpy Mumpy said,

    Damn, by the time this country finally ‘approves’ me for SSDI there won’t be anything left! Wait. Maybe that’s exactly their plan. grrrrrr……

  4. Gimpy Mumpy said,

    Damn, by the time this country finally ‘approves’ me for SSDI there won’t be anything left! Wait. Maybe that’s exactly their plan. grrrrrr……

  5. bridgett said,

    Hey, I thought about this some more and realized what’s up with this ruling — the 15% of one’s monthly income is how much the court figures that one can make selling pencils outside of public buildings! Just like the good ol’ days….

    GRRRRR.

  6. bridgett said,

    Hey, I thought about this some more and realized what’s up with this ruling — the 15% of one’s monthly income is how much the court figures that one can make selling pencils outside of public buildings! Just like the good ol’ days….

    GRRRRR.

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