But that's different, according to him. The folks on Disability Lifeline, he says, are drunks and addicts, people who made poor lifestyle choices:
"What I do know from those types of so-called disabilities is that aiding and abetting them does not make them better," Zarelli said. "If you enable people to participate in that type of a lifestyle—you support it and make it more comfortable for them—all you are doing is aiding in their demise."Seems to me that cutting off the only assistance flowing to a disabled person might be aiding in their demise. But I've never been a Republican, so what do I know? Perhaps kicking somebody's cane out from under them will make them more self-sufficient. Perhaps taking away their medical care will allow some of them to spontaneously heal themselves.
Disability Lifeline programs don't hand over hundred-dollar bills to participants. They provide medical care, temporary housing and stuff like toiletries and bus passes. The basics. No cash. About half the participants have substance-abuse problems. None of them work. But it takes more than that to qualify. Some 60 percent of participants have a mental health issue, and 40 percent a physical problem. About 40 percent are also homeless.
It would be cruel—or perhaps Republican—of me to suggest that Zarelli's disability check might possibly be not for a back injury but for a "back injury." You know, the kind without a discernible cause. The kind that allows one to play golf and tennis without ill effect. The kind for which a disability check abets a welfare queen lifestyle.
You know what, Sen. Zarelli? Fuck You. No, Seriously, Fuck You.™