Paychecks for Pedophiles

Steven Plaut is a native Philadelphian who teaches business finance and economics at the University of Haifa in Israel.  He holds a PhD in economics from Princeton.  He is author of the David Horowitz Freedom Center booklets about the Hamas  and Jewish Enablers of the War against Israel.


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The Greek government does not cease to beg the EU and international institutions for spare change in order to help the country dig itself out of its debt debacle. But, as it turns out, the Greek government evidently really has too much spare budgetary funds, money it is desperate to find a way to waste.

Indeed that is the only plausible explanation for the decision by the government of Greece a few days ago to start funding pedophiles. No, that is not a spoof and not a misprint.  According to the Associated Press, the Greek government has just recognized pedophiles as a population of the “disabled,” entitled under law to governmental disability compensation and added to the country’s welfare roll.  The children who are the victims of those pedophiles evidently are not.

Pedophiles are not the only folks being added to the growing lists of those who may enjoy free handouts and disability income from the Greek government. (Notice I did not say benefits “paid for by the Greek taxpayer,” since so much of the Greek national budget is not covered by them these days.)  Exhibitionists and kleptomaniacs were also just added to the welfare roll list that already includes pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists and sadomasochists.  Under the new Greek “disability” rules and categories, pedophiles will get larger welfare checks than people who have undergone organ transplants. Peeping Toms will enjoy a higher level of support than diabetics.

The additions to the welfare roll were denounced by the Greek National Confederation of Disabled People and its leader Yiannis Vardakastanis, who is blind. They are concerned that all the additions will lead to the reduction in support levels for people with real disabilities. Now almost the only people in Greece who will not be recognized as “disabled” are those who abide by the law. Under the circumstances, those law abiders should really be the first group to be acknowledged as disabled, because they are clearly insane.

What is one to make of all this?

The first conclusion is that this new set of insane “disability” policies serves as a perfect demonstration of what led Greece to the debtors dog house in the first place. For many years the Greek governments of both the leading parties have handled their finances like the cartoon king in the Wizard of Id, handing out massive wide-scale exemptions from payment of taxes while ladling out populist largess with a soup spoon so large that it could quench the thirst of mythological Greek gods.

The second conclusion is that what we observe in Greece is political correctness on crack and steroids.  Here is the ultimate and natural culmination of the attempts to subject society to the idiocies of political correctness.  When “approval” becomes a universal entitlement, when all condemnation of all forms of behavior is a reactionary manifestation of intolerance and bigotry, why should not pedophilia and kleptomania be added to the lists of behavior about which one must never ever be judgmental?

But perhaps the most important lesson from the Greek policies is that there seem to be no limits to the “medicalization” of misbehavior.   For decades now, growing numbers of evil, destructive, anti-social, and deviant behavior have been “medicalized,” converted into medical conditions.  Once they are classified as medical conditions, those who engage in such behavior get an automatic “pass” from society.  They often also get money.  While not quite as insane as the Greek policies, the United States has digested a huge bowl of similar idiocy within the framework of the Americans with Disabilities Act, first passed in 1990.

Definitions of disabilities are getting sillier and sillier in many parts of the world.  In the United States, the current version of the Americans with Disabilities Act defines the term “disability” with respect to an individual as: (A) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual; (B) a record of such an impairment; or (C) being regarded as having such an impairment.

From the start, public safety was not considered valid grounds for “discriminating” against people with “disabilities.” So a group of near-sighted people sued when they were denied jobs as airline pilots. People with serious psychiatric problems have sued when denied various jobs and positions in which the public could be placed in harm’s way as a result of their employment. People with contagious diseases like hepatitis cannot be denied jobs in which they may infect others, since that would be discrimination against the disabled.  It is even more difficult to deny positions to those with AIDS or HIV.

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  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    Where will it all end?

    It had ended already a couple of times before: Sodom and Gomorrah, the Deluge come to mind. God sees it all but waits: waits to decide if this currently running experiment with the humanity fails too.

  • Ben

    "oodles of court cases" are the ready scenario of the comedy of social idiocy. Leftists involvement in social legislation is the disaster as the international laws that allows Hamas`agents demand Israel PM arrest.

  • Big Irish

    start by getting rid of that piece of leftist garbage currently residing in the white house!…send him to the middle east where he belongs – and his freak wife.

    • Anon

      What does that have to do with Greece??!!! You're a real moron you freak!!!!

  • joy52

    Being broke, can't live the socialist lifestyle, riots, etc. just isn't enough to make them wake up. This is a life lesson about liberals. They won't learn and it is up to the rest of us to clean up the mess.

  • mrbean

    I suppose next someone will demand that there be welfare checks and government supplied corpses for necrophiles.

  • LindaRivera

    Angels weep.

    Please God, protect the children! It is Greece's APPROVAL of sexual attacks on innocent, defenseless children. God forbid, dirty, perverts, EVIL MONSTERS who sexually attack children and DESTROY children's lives are being given money for the SOLE REASON they are pedophiles.

    Tourists, Do not take your children to Greece unless you watch over your children EVERY single moment.

  • randy

    Canada should ban the catholic pediphile church

    • UCSPanther

      And you need to shut the hell up.

    • mrbean

      I understand that in Canada if you critcize the pervert homosexuals or man-hater lesbians, you can get charged with felony hate speech. Are you really a Canadian gay, a canuck queer?

    • Western Canadian

      I think he is talking about child molesters, but his lack of understanding of the english language makes it hard to tell. The church did not have a problem with child molesters. It had a problem with aggressive homosexuals, attacking males in their mid and late teens. Something other than the pc rewrite.

    • Oleg

      Maybe Canada should ban public schools first since there are more cases of sexual abuse in public schools then in the Catholic church.

  • Spider

    This is what happens when scum unaccountable governments like Greece have too much of other peoples money to spend. Unfortunately for us our own government is headed down the same path for the same reason. One solution would be to starve them of the funds (needed to perpetrate these immoral outrages) with massive tax cuts.

  • royal humanist

    If the Greek Govt fels that the pedophiles are psychic-disabled persons, the such persons shold be locked up in the mental asylums to protect the children

  • sod

    Looks like disabled people are more abundent than normal people nowadays. There should be a law that prohibits discrimination against normal people because they are becoming minority.

    Law makers and judges will be judged upon their fearless of God!

  • Ghostwriter

    Greece giving disability checks to pedophiles??! That's one of the most disgusting things I've ever heard of. It gives truly disabled people a bad name. Pedophila isn't a disability,it's a vile sickness of the mind and soul.

  • 9-11 Infidel

    I agree there should be some kind of paycheck for pedophiles. But I'm not talking about money. I'm thinking more along the lines of a rope and a crane.

  • Ben

    The banned theme :connection of pedophilia and homosexuality,though in ancient world and in ancient Greese there was the stright connection: professional warrior had a friend-a boy who will be the warrior too and who has the sex relations with the elder one.
    But hush ! We can`t discuss this.

  • Brian Donegal

    This reminded me of NAMBLA. Their Greek members must be having a party.

  • Oleg

    One critical point that I will differ from the author on is this "A violent schizophrenic received reparations when he was fired from his post office job for threatening other employees and also threatening to murder the president of the United States." Schizophrenia is a true mental illness by any measure and mental illness is not a fake disability like some of the others. A schizophrenic can hear, see, feel, or smell things that are not there, it is something that they have no control over. He may have threatened other employess and threatened to kill the president but we are not talking about a rational and malicious act here. A schizophrenic doesn't know what is real and what is not sometimes and that is what is so dangerous and debilitating about it to the people who have it. It can be treated but the problem is that so many of the mentally ill are either not treated properly (because they end up in state run institutions) or receive no treatment at all.

  • claymore06

    How about 30 year old Soldiers who are diagnosed with PTSD and have their Army careers terminated with monthly for-life disability payments? We then hire these same disabled Soldiers whoare now receiving tax-free disability, as state, county and city police officers allowing them to work in one of the most stressful occupations available.