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Response to raging_moderate (Reply #16)

Wed Feb 15, 2012, 10:44 AM

28. Nobody ever wants to talk about that

There are a fairly large proportion of folks who are on disability who could work, and many of them are the sorts of people this article describes. I just finished Thomas Byrne Edsall's book "The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity will Remake American Politics," and he notes that tea party types are disproportionately white and old: 49% of them recieve some sort of Social Security benefits, compared to 32% of the population as a whole. (155) 78% of current Social Security recipients are white, but 39% of those aged 20 to 45 are minority, which means that minorities are paying, and an increasing proportion of them will be paying, into a system that currently mainly benefits older whites. And, though I couldn't find it, Edsall also notes that something like 25% of Americans aged 50-65 now get SSDI.

It's the old distinction between the deserving and the undeserving poor. When a minority gets a check, they are a bum, a leech. When a white person gets a check, they deserve it.

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