I do wish the right wing true believers understood that those of us who take a radical pragmatic view of economics and the world are not "liberals." Here's an example that is loosely related to some of the issues about helping the elderly, with financial implication.As you know, we are trying to survive the recent, poorly thought through, move by my wife's parents to our community. They chose to come in winter and move into a house, with none of the amenities (such as transport) available at most of our local elder communities, because they are convinced they are self-sufficient. In reality, their only hope for self-sufficiency is for us to provide what they would get as part of the deal at one of the elder communities, which is a bloody pain in the ass.We have a special bus transport system, as part of public transit (heavily subsidized by our taxes) for those with disabilities. I called this morning (they've been unavailable for about 3 weeks) to get an application for my in-laws and I tried to find out how to get my mother-in-law, who is not clearly disabled, qualified. The basic problem is, in good weather and when she is feeling good, she can probably get around on her own (not that she should be driving, but...). When it's snowy, icy, probably even rainy, and when she is feeling unwell, which is usually when elderly have to go to the doctor, she can't get around. The #$%#$ idiot I talked to, when I explained the situation and asked if she would qualify said, "Does she have a disability?" Well, I fricken don't know if she has a "disabilty" as defined under one of the stupidest, do-goody-without-thinking-through-the-consequences-or-how-to-pay-for-it laws Congress has ever come up with. To put is simply, there are a whole lot more elderly people in my mother-in-law's situation, sometimes, but not permanently, "disabled," for whom tax dollars letting them stay at home by subsidizing things like special transit when needed ultimately saves money by keeping them out of nursing homes, than those officially covered by the "disabilities act."
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