Because I have lived in two different states (Washington and Idaho) with opposite political philosophies (Washington: heavily liberal, Idaho: heavily
libertarian) allow me to show you the difference the libertarian
state makes to those with disabilities.
In Washington state, someone with a disability is treated like a criminal (in my experience) and harshly scorned and every thing they wish to do to
improve themselves (like get housing, or some kind of help) is looked at as if they are trying to cheat the system. The wait times for housing can be
up to 6 months or a year. The wait times for getting administrative work done can be up to two hours.
The net result: $700.00 in disability money, and Work Source (which is being shut down due to money failures).
So, what does Idaho do? Well, it privatizes
its disability service industry. What does that mean? Someone with a disability, if they are
qualified, signs up for a center of their choice (there are different companies, of course, not just one) and that center offers free counseling, as
well as free medicine prescriptions, and a free case worker as well as - and this is important - a P.S.R. worker who comes to your house 2 times a
week for 2 hours, or more if needed, to work with you hands-on.
Idaho services involve rehabilitating the disabled. In addition to the state food stamps of around $170, Idaho gives an additional
the state that can be withdrawn as cash.
. And the disability payment is still around $700 a month.
So what are the benefits of privatizing the disability services? Endless. It must be something having to do with less government bureaucracy. The
disabled are treated as people
to be improved
instead of untouchables
to be given enough money to survive
Some benefits I have seen include free graduate school opportunities, gas vouchers, clothing vouchers, and extreme hands-on help and rehabilitation,
to name a few.
There is a difference between the Conservative approach to giving the poor tools and improving their lives and the liberal approach to scorning the
poor and giving them hand-outs.
Now, if this were 4 years ago, even 2 years ago, I would not have brought this up. But this is not. The Republican party in the prior decade seemed
hell-bent on destroying the poor, which of course, Mitt Romney fully represented in all of his complete evil.
I think the new Republican party led by libertarian types is highly more likely to take the approach I mentioned above, which in my experience, is at
least a thousand times more productive - not only that, it is also optional and not enforced, however the opportunities are there for someone who
is willing to go for them.
For example. if someone wanted to just be handed their disability money and meet with their P.S.R. worker and make no progress for decades, they
actually are completely free to. But there are some people who are poor or disabled who want to be treated like human beings and be given the chance
to work to improve their situation, and that is where the conservative (specifically libertarian) approach comes in.
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darkbake because: (no reason given)
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