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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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