Skip to main content

#heardwhilstdisabled and the US variant #HeardWhileDisabled

Here is a British Councillor claiming disabled housing is like winning the lottery to the disabled. If we had a society that did not throw us away, then such scraps would lack that importance.

Culturally we face similar problems world wide as the 1% siphon away resources it is those of us with little power that lose the most. One of the ways of making sure we are demonized is the use of demeaning and dismissive terminology to refer to us. Especially if that terminology implies a moral failing on our part. It makes stealing the crutches from the legless go down much easier:

On paper, Linda Smith‘s job with an Aberdeen company was straight-forward – she was meant to be helping the long-term unemployed – many of them disabled – to find jobs and move off benefits.

The reality, she said, was a corporate culture that saw staff in training sessions referring to those same people as LTBs – code for “lying, thieving bastards”.

“That is how they are referred to,” she said of the clients of Triage, which is a key player in the government’s ambitious plan to pay private companies to move people from benefit into work.

There are 2.5m long-term sick and disabled unemployed people in the UK. The cost to the taxpayer is £13bn a year.

The hypocrisy burns when you read more about this company:
"These people were probably more difficult to place in employment for us as employment workers, but for them (the company) these people were bigger money... these people were the bucks, the ker-ching."

But once those people were on the company's books, and an initial fee paid, Mrs Smith said the company - which operates in Scotland and northern England - told its staff to spend as little time and effort as possible on helping them find jobs.
She said the practice is known as "parking". Four other former Triage employees told the BBC similar stories of being told to "park" clients rather than actively help them find work. They also confirmed the use of the term "LTBs" to describe their clients.

So this corporation focuses on being on the public teat and once they are paid refuse to provide services? Who are the lying, thieving, bastards?

Now obviously the US and the UK have alot in common. Here we see that the austerity boogie man needs to have it's way paved by the demonization of the class of people being most impacted by austerity. That way when the homeless person in the wheelchair reaches with a palsied hand out to beg for scraps to forestall the agony of gnawing hunger you can pass them by without a twinge of guilt.

But we can do something now instead of making those of us with empathy see the result of your greed. You can contact those millionaires in Congress making decisions that will never alter their lives to not cut off those of us that are disabled. If you think I'm annoying now right wing I'm an absolute beast when I have nothing to lose. We don't have to put up with this posturing in an effort to bring the US down to a third world status. It may be profitable to sell security and survival gear but do these companies really think we will maintain an infrastructure capable of getting their products to market if we go total capitalist here?

Austerity is a death sentence not only to untold millions around the world but our standard of living as we know it. Blaming the poor when half our taxes go to the MIC is not going to stop our economic woes. 7:12 AM PT:

7:34 AM PT: 8:29 AM PT: 9:06 AM PT: 9:25 AM PT: 9:42 AM PT:

Originally posted to DKos TWEETers on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:07 AM PST.

Also republished by Income Inequality Kos, In Support of Labor and Unions, and KosAbility.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  It is peculiar that people can be jealous (6+ / 0-)

    of things they do not even want for themselves. But, such jealousy was obviously there in the snake in the garden and Cain exhibited it, as well.

    I suspect there is some sort of cognitive disconnect. People have unrealistic expectations and then resent when someone else has a succes they don't enjoy themselves. For that matter, it's quite possible that such people enjoy nothing at all. Greed, after all, is an obsession that is never satisfied.

    Some people are jealous of the obviously disabled because they feel ignored. At the same time, they glory in their independence. But, I suspect that independence is an example of making lemonade out of lemons. Feeling isolated can't be a pleasant sensation, can it, unless one deceives oneself?

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:35:22 AM PST

  •  Heard While Disabled: (9+ / 0-)

    A friend came to visit me about a year after I had started living in the wheelchair full-time.

    First she opined that I really could be looking harder for work.

    Then she opined that I wasn't looking hard enough for a doctor who would do something about my incurable condition.

    This friend is red-libertarian through and through. And isn't so much of a friend any more, since she can't really look at me without thinking about her taxpayer dollars...

    I recommend you add 'Kosabiity' to your tags.

    You can't second-guess the Ineffable. - Good Omens

    by asterlil on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:40:47 AM PST

  •  -"You could get a job if you really wanted" (8+ / 0-)

    Told to me by an unemployed person who could not find work for the last three years.

    That passed by; this can, too. - Deor

    by stevie avebury on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:46:58 AM PST

  •  Why shouldn't govt (5+ / 0-)

    create jobs for the disabled instead of all of this middleman stuff?

    "To recognize error, to cut losses, to alter course, is the most repugnant option in government." Historian Barbara Tuchman

    by Publius2008 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:50:37 AM PST

  •  There are none so blind as those who will not see (11+ / 0-)

    My daughter is only thirteen, suffering juvenile primary fibromyalgia, which a more horribly painful and disabling disease that I ever knew or imagined.  The suspicion and contempt that both she and I have experienced from relatives, school officials, doctors, etc are more than enough to last a lifetime.

    - She is faking it or exaggerating.   It's all in her head.   She is just depressed.  

    - I, as a parent, have Munchausen's By Proxy and am encouraging her to act sick.   That's what you get called when you advocate for your sick child.   You are crazy and exaggerating.

    - If she would just run marathons or do some yoga, she'd get better.

    - She is abused

    - "Suck it up"
    * from the temporary school nurse who had been informed that she had a chronic pain disorder, after she suffered a horrible flare of CRPS, and then someone dropped a heavy book on her bad foot.  She was nearly hysterical with pain, and we had to wheel her out of school in a wheelchair.

    - "Well, at least now we know that the pain you've been complaining about is real"  
    * heard from her pain management doctor, after working with a pain clinic for three years for treatment for complex regional pain syndrom which robbed her of the ability to walk on one leg for over three months, and then treatment for fibromyalgia, after her pain hit during a biofeedback session and blew off the top of the chart.  The implication being that her pain management doctor had believed for the past three years that she was faking her pain.

    We have come to expect to be treated this way, even by doctors.

    For the patient, pain and disability is a fact of life.  

    For the person who is observing or interacting with the patient, disability is a religion that you can choose not to believe in.    

    •  So sad! (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      FloridaSNMOM, DFWmom, PSzymeczek, TKO333

      My husband gets lots of these.  He's got a busted back from a car wreck, and is in constant intractable pain.  At least his pain doctor takes it seriously!

    •  I'm so sorry:( (0+ / 0-)

      I know all about what it's like. Every doctor I ever saw for weird pain when I was growing up said that I was just faking it. By the time I was 21 and in the Army, someone finally started believing me and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. For the first decade, I still got a lot of doctors who still believed I was faking it. I've had to be very careful when choosing specialty doctors because I have gotten burned badly.

      The worst is when my family doctor forgets and does something which results in me being in pain for a week during a "simple" checkup. I'm 36 now, but look younger, and as you obviously know, I look perfectly healthy. I am in college now, and it is incredibly difficult being around young people who all think I am perfectly fine. It creates awkward moments.

      I am thankful that your daughter at least has you to believe her. My mom eventually gave up by the time I was a teenager after doctors continued to say there was nothing wrong with me. And I hope that you are able to have time for yourself to unwind. I have been married for over a decade, and I know that my condition takes a major toll on my husband. It is very difficult to watch someone you love be in so much pain and not be able to do much about it.

      Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh to-day as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago. - Samuel Smiles

      by moviemeister76 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:33:33 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  The ADA (4+ / 0-)

    With Tom Harkin's announced retirement in 2014, this diary is a reminder of the benefits of the Americans with Disabilities Act that Sen. Harkin championed.

  •  "Anybody can do it" (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    PSzymeczek, TKO333, TiaRachel

    "Anybody can just bring their dog on the bus, claiming it's an assistance dog."

    This was followed quickly by "No, I didn't mean you I know you're really disabled."

    Have also heard:
    "If you'd just spank your child he'd outgrow this 'autism' thing."

    "He's not really disabled, autism is just an excuse for poor parenting."
    Same person as above a year later: "Oh, you're finally getting SSI for him? You should have done that years ago!" (Really? I thought he wasn't 'really' disabled??)

    "You're too young to have COPD, you just don't want to work."

    "You should have quit smoking, then you wouldn't have COPD you have no one but yourself to blame" (I've NEVER smoked in my life.)

    "You're just faking the 'seizures' so you get to spend a couple of days off in the hospital."

    "You're not really having seizures, you're just drug seeking" (WTF??)

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 10:40:46 AM PST

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site