The reason I have been a Democrat is because Dems are supposed to protect Social Security and the welfare state. Dems, the real ones, back progressive taxation. I found out about the hard way the wonders that leaders like FDR and LBJ achieved for our nation. Many years ago, in college, I got sick with food poisoning. The illness damaged nerves in my gut and I have struggled ever since with debilitating stomach issues. Overnight my life changed. Literally.
I had private medical insurance through my father, but we couldn’t make the bills with the insurance. The copays, fees and worse broke me financially. I had trouble working due to my illness. I filed for disability, and after a two year battle, got Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Without this I do not know what would have happened to me; the progressive agenda saved me.
Overnight I, like many, went from middle class to poor. I have been in food stamp lines many times. You see SSI gives me little to live on, say $700 a month. Food stamps are essential so I had to get them. Not a day goes by when I do not think of those poor people waiting around the block for food stamps. There is no shame in being poor. No shame in having become so ill you need the government to help you. Yet leaders in both parties attack the vulnerable.
Our pols today are a joke. DC is a joke. Truly. Their church now is austerity. The cuts Obama and the GOP have agreed to so far have dashed hopes in my life and those of so many others. Obama agreed to massive HUD cuts. The waiting list now to get a Section 8 voucher is even longer than before. The list has been CLOSED for 3 years here. Now I cannot apply until 2014. So all those thousands in need of a place to live must wait because of the budget cuts. Our government has never given enough to help those in need, but this is beyond the pale.
No other western nation makes the disabled impoverished like we do. None. I already get so very little to live on, cannot get a voucher to pay for a apartment due to the Obama/GOP cuts, while other programs are being demolished here in Texas and elsewhere.
Too many people do not seem to get how essential Medicaid and Sect. 8 is to millions of lives. Medicaid seems expendable to many I know. Medicaid is already almost worthless. If you need a specialist good luck. It pays doctors so badly it’s not hard not to imagine people dying of lack of care; but it pays hospital and basic primary care. And yet many Dems and Republicans are eager to carve away this program. The same goes for HUD and Sect. 8. Making people in need of housing wait a decade to get a voucher is criminal. Yet pols hack away.
Cuts of a billion here and there. It sounds all so painless in the abstract. But these cuts crush lives. Crush dreams. Crush dignity. The Church of Austerity must be destroyed.