My Dad uses the VA hospital and because the sequester funding was cut for VA hospitals they had to lay off some of their doctors. So the delay for getting an appointment now can take almost three months. But since that doesn't effect our congressmen personally they could care less.
You didn't say she was disabled, but you allude to it.
There is a difference, but withdrawing Federal support for the "no fault of their own" people and leave them to the mercy of a state who's legislators don't care, is not the answer. Trying to get state and local attention for those who need and deserve the help under that designation, is extremely hard. Even with laws in place that should make them provide assistance.
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The Fed has proven it is not the answer. All we are doing is playing hide and seek with the bottom line. As long as we can dump the cost onto the fed, the fed can pass it on to future generations. Its insanity.
Yes, Million Dollar Murrays are everywhere. I knew one in San Diego.
The Fed is not the answer for people like that but you have admitted, people who through no fault of their own need assistance. The state is not doing the job and without federal assistance, they would end up in the most destitute of situations.
Transition all social services (with the exception of Social Security pensions) to the states. It would take a definite transition plan...5-10 years. It would require some real effort. It would definitely mean higher state taxes but that would be offset by federal tax cuts. There HAS to be changes. What we are doing is not sustainable, but as long as it isnt 'our' problem, no one cares.
I agree, Federal oversight is a problem, then we should be attacking that, not denying people who you have already agreed, deserve assistance.
5-10 years and to transition, at what level? Then 3-5 years for much of it to suffer cuts. This is what happened with lottery money all over the nation. This huge influx of found money was supposed to go for education and instead of supplementing education, the funds became education as the original money was siphoned off. The same would be true for money allocated for these social services, because at the state level, there is little support. These people do not have the powerful lobbyists with which to fight.
I agree, there has to be change, but why not change the bureaucracy to be more efficient instead?
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