It looks like taking aim at women and minorities is not enough. It now looks like Republicans are going after the disabled.
Democrats are bracing for a new assault from Republicans on the safety net that could come as early as this month — in particular, on disability insurance. In response, Senator Sherrod Brown is urging Dems to go on offense, by calling for an expansion of Social Security, rather than getting into an argument over how much to cut it.
Senator Orrin Hatch has requested a Finance Committee hearing into Social Social Security Disability Insurance — whose trust fund is set to be depleted soon — and Dems on the committee have agreed. It may take place this month, before the August recess.
Republicans such as Senator Tom Coburn have argued that the disability program is being “gamed” by “scalawags,” and that a third of claims are bogus, putting the program in financial trouble. Republicans may use the coming hearing to argue for benefits cuts.
This is all of a piece with the ideology that the only hard workers are those who are wealthy and the rest are moochers and looters who try to game the system by siphoning wealth from the wealthy while putting in the least work. And for those with this mindset, the biggest moochers and looters are the disabled, who try to get something without even working at all.
These may also be using the SSDI fund issue as a lever to go after their real target which is to cut Social Security benefits and/or privatize it.