How Politicians Con People Out of Their Money

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Would anyone work to support themselves or their families — and then turn over a chunk of that hard-earned money to somebody else, just because of the words used by that somebody else?

A few people may be taken in by the words of con men, here and there, but the larger tragedy is that millions more are taken in by the words of politicians, the top-of-the-line con men.

How do politicians con people out of their money? One example can be found in a recent article titled “The Autism-Welfare Nexus” by Paul Sperry in “Investor’s Business Daily.”

Genuine autism is a truly tragic condition, both for those afflicted by it and for their parents. Few people would have any problem with the idea that both voluntary donations and government expenditures are well spent to help those suffering from autism.

“Autism,” however, has been sweepingly redefined over the years. What was discovered and defined as autism back in 1943 is just one of a number of conditions now included as being part of “the autism spectrum.” Many, if not most, of these conditions are nowhere near as severe as autism, or even as clearly defined.

The growing number of children encompassed by a wider and looser definition of autism has been trumpeted across the land through the media as an “epidemic” of increasing numbers of cases of autism. Before 1990, 1 child out of 2,500 was said to be autistic. This year, it is said to be 1 out of 88.

As Paul Sperry points out in IBD, “the number of language disorder cases have fallen as autism cases have risen, suggesting one disorder has simply been substituted for another.”

Having heard, over the years, from many parents of late-talking children that they have been urged to let their children be diagnosed as autistic, in order to get either government money or insurance money to pay for language problems, I am not the least bit surprised by Sperry’s findings.

Every dollar spent on children falsely labelled autistic is a dollar lost — and urgently needed — in dealing with the severe problems of genuinely autistic children. But money added to the federal budget for autism is money that can be given to people, in the expectation of getting their vote at election time.

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  • Rifleman

    The latest scam for adults who don't want to bother with working for a living is anxiety disorders. They go on SSI and the taxpayer supports them and their offspring. It's relatively easy for them to jump through the hoops to get signed up, unlike say, someone with multiple sclerosis. It's one of the reasons social security will go broke faster than most realize. The freeloader will have no problem getting off their butts and going to work when they have to, but the people who truly are disabled will be stuck.

    • sedoanman

      All legal residents of the US can qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if they meet low net-worth/income requirements. Those on SSI also qualify for a Medicaid (not Medicare) card. There is no work requirement to qualify for SSI, nor do you have to contribute to the program like you do for Social Security. The local Los Angeles PBS TV station, KCET, did a half-hour program on SSI back in the ‘90s. The reporter interviewed a 70-year-old couple who were receiving benefits in what has to be a gross distortion of Congress’ intent. They qualify as refugees from the Soviet Union, and the husband had worked in the Russian military industrial complex. Once working for the enemies of the U.S., they are now retired and we are paying their retirement. Their benefits were only slightly less than the maximum Social Security monthly benefits at the time.

      Kinda tears you up, doesn’t it?

    • Atlas_Collins

      My wife is completely disabled by MS and the Social Security Administration denied her disability benefits.

      Of course, she's white …

      Across the street from me lives a black dude who strained his arm on a garbage truck five years ago and has been on disability ever since.

      … ain't Ameerika grand?

      • Rifleman

        By chance,almost everyone I've known of that gamed it was white, and trust me, it wouldn't make you feel any better about it if the lazy freeloader across the street was white. A bum's a bum. The black guy that lived in the house across from me owned three small businesses and was the only person on the street that worked longer hours than me.

        I've a dear lady friend with MS and congenital heart problems that is on SSI, as was her younger male cousin whose symptoms were very sudden and aggressive. She has weeks of some mobility and weeks that she can hardly get out of bed. Anyway, SSI isn't enough for someone who is truly disabled, and the waits for doctor's appointments are horrible. Their experience goaded me into making personal health and disability insurance into a top priority. Unfortunately, obamacare is designed to eliminate private health care policies like mine and kick people like me into their "exchanges" i.e. the public option.

  • Lady_Dr

    WE MUST, MUST HOLD CONGRESSMEN'S FEET TO THE FIRE – THE 10th AMENDMENT IS THE ANSWER TO A LOT OF THESE PROBLEMS. Why should anyone be supporting these freeloaders – illegal immigrants, other states that cannot live within their means, young people who borrow a load of money to get a degree in something which has no market or social value (I'm thinking of all those degrees in things like 'Jazz Saxaphone'). Those with degrees in 'Women's Studies' – usually make less than a housecleaner to answer a phone at a women's shelter – yet they are enslaved by huge debts for what they mistake for an education. I don't think I should have to pay for these worthless ideas.

  • tagalog

    "Hey! Psst! Slip me a few bucks out of your pay check every pay period and I'll give you health insurance. Cheap."