Blogs by Michelle Close Mills
Castles in the Sky: October 09, 2012
10/9/2012 7:44:33 AM
Caring for our own...
I’ve never been one to understand blatant cruelty, to get what drives anyone to zero in on a gentler, weaker or physically challenged individuals.
I see this happening in our current political climate.
So many say that they’re sick of the financial abuses in our public assistance programs. I am too. To get out of that cycle requires reasonable policies-far better than are presently in place which allow for abuse, as well as stringent policing of those who don’t’ deserve to have our generosity. THAT would be money well spent.
But it doesn’t mean we should turn our backs on those who need our mercy most.
My husband has one useable arm. It was injured nearly 30 years ago in a car accident. He’s been plugging away at his sales job for 22 years and is 60 years old. His one good hand has become damaged from overuse. He has difficulty holding a full cup of coffee without the threat of dropping it in his lap. The day is fast coming that he’ll have to file for Social Security disability.
Isn’t he deserving of government assistance that he paid into? That he needs?
My daughter suffers from profound mental illness. She is heavily bi-polar, has borderline personality disorder and ADD. She filed for Social Security and has gone through one hearing. It’s been a three year fight and it’s not over yet. There will be more appeals, additional psychiatric evaluations as her condition deteriorates. She can’t hold a job, and can barely get through a day because of debilitating panic attacks and mood swings.
She hasn’t yet received her Social Security benefits and if the GOP has their way she probably never will. After all if there are a several bad apples on the government dole, then the whole bunch must be bad right?
That would include my daughter, so it seems.
They are only two “close to home” examples.
In 2011, Florida elected a new governor named Rick Scott. One of his earliest budget cuts were aimed at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities: an agency responsible for providing nursing care to the most vulnerable Floridians.
The agency provided services to the nearly 30,000 Floridians with cerebral palsy, autism and Downs’ syndrome. Scott's spokesman, Brian Burgess, said the governor didn’t want to harm the developmentally disabled. But, he said, the state has put off tough choices for too long and now the bill has come due. The proposed 15% cut would have meant reduced nursing services for those who can’t leave their beds, use the restroom on their own or feed themselves. Many would have been left alone for hours because the staff attending to them wouldn’t have been able to stay with them around the clock. That’s unimaginable.
The cuts have since been rescinded thank heavens. But the fact that it came up at all points to a larger problem.
When the “bill comes due” why is it always the poor that must pay? Can’t we cut the fat somewhere else? There’s plenty of it from where I sit.
We could start with some of the Congressional entitlements first. Lifelong salary, lifelong medical insurance…what do any of them do to deserve such a deal? And in light of such waste, we the little people are expected to accept that slashing public funds needed for the most basic requirements is considered fiscal responsibility?
I’ve heard people say that the communities and churches should be pitching in. It’s not the government’s responsibility.
In a perfect world that would be a viable solution. But church donations are down, and most community centers run on a shoestring.
It’s all well and good to be financially comfortable and look down on the huddled masses from the box seats. But what if one of financially comfortable suddenly becomes one of the huddled masses through no fault of their own? What if they had a stroke and had no one to help them, requiring nursing care? What if they exhausted all their finances trying to pay for their day to day needs? Would they seek government assistance to help them pay their bills, to pay for medical care?
You can bet that most of them would. And I for one would gladly encourage our government provide for them. Why?
Because they need it.
It horrifies me to see how our society is turning on our nation’s helpless.
To label those who are truly disadvantaged as freeloaders is not only an insult but un-American. This country was founded on the belief that we are in it together. Our ancestors were persecuted in their home countries so they sought a better life, and sought it together. To build a nation, you need a team. And they’re not all rich.
Deuteronomy 15:11 ESV: For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’
I presume that means all of us. Not just churches and community centers.
Thank you for stopping by and allowing me to ramble.
(One of the huddled masses)
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