If you’ve been keeping up with the news lately, you know that potshots aimed at the disabled are back in favor. This is not the first time our entire demographic has been slandered — for too much ADA regulation, too many government handouts, or just a pain in the libertarian back end. Given that there are 14 people running for the Republican nomination for President, including Donald Trump’s hair, and 90 percent of them are small-government believers, we of the disabled class might find ourselves in the crosshairs for a while. We may even come in for some mild rebuke from Hillary Clinton, but since she has yet to make a policy speech or let a reporter ask her a question more serious than How do you like our Iowa pork? — it’s hard to know.
Leave it to Rand Paul, the one candidate who seems to speak his mind, whether you like it or not, and in general, doesn’t like the government giving people money, full stop. Campaigning in New Hampshire last week, he laid it on the line when it came to “safety net programs”: “Everyone in this room knows someone who is gaming the system. Over half of the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts. Join the club. Who doesn’t get a little anxious for work every day?”
Note: these comments came from video shot by a Democratic opposition research group. “Fifty percent of people on disability are cheating dogs” may become this year’s “47 percent of Americans are deadbeats.”
Whether Rand’s statistics are true or not, the strategy here is clear. Anyone in the audience might have walked away, saying, “Gosh darn it,