Saturday, January 30, 2010

Aid to Pennsylvania's disabled is cut

Beginning Monday, more than 300,000 Pennsylvanians, “poorest elderly and disabled”, will see monthly Supplemental Security Income shrink by 6%.

“Pennsylvania’s budget signed by Gov. Ed Rendell in October cut Supplemental Security Income by about $10 million” … Aid to Pennsylvania's poorest elderly and disabled is cut 

This is not unique to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania economic times are forcing budget cuts across the US.

For some this loss may translate to be $5/month. Insignificant? Understandable? That depends.

The ‘abilities’ of the “poorest elderly and disabled” have already been ‘cut’ physically and for many mentally. Alternative income is rarely an option.

Even the able bodied, able minded are finding their income shrinking or disappearing. Should one population have a priority over another?

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama claimed “it's time to try something new. … Let's try common sense”!

OK! Here is a ‘common sense’ idea.

Lobbyists spent nearly $125 million on just the Pennsylvania State Senate back in 2006. State Lobbying Becomes Billion-Dollar Business 

Rather than wine and dine legislators, how about trying to influence State legislation by gifting the “poorest elderly and disabled”.

Instead of cutting 6% per month, the lobbying money spent on the State Senate alone could add $35/month.

Some legislator may not get his/her pockets lined but their constituents would be less needy and without any additional government debt or taxes.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
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