Does Government Policy, such as the ADA, really help the disabled find work?

This topic has become an interest to me personally and politically over the last several years. I’ve had CMT (Charcot Marie Tooth), a progressive neuropathic disease, and ESRD since birth, and the latter finally caught up when I was 12. At that point, after the medical issues are straightened out, after each setback, you try to get back to a normal life, as anyone who has gone through something life altering does, as quickly as possible. And being productive, I would assume, for most people is an important part of life, whether disabled or non-disabled.

 

A study done in 2004, by Jolls & Prescott,DISAGGREGATING EMPLOYMENT PROTECTION: THE CASE OF DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION, using a sample survey data  and laws from states which had some protections for disabled workers, through anti-discrimination laws, or similar to those of the ADA. The researchers suggest that the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), had a negligible value in a decrease in the employment of  disabled workers after the law was passed in 1990, and that certain parts of the law be modified instead of scrapping the whole ADA. The study goes on to ask if the previous studies which found the ADA decreased disabled employment might be due to the provisions employers must follow: reasonable workplace accommodations, and firing costs. Both of which can lead to costly upgrades, and modifications for hiring, and significant court and legal fees, even if an employee is fired legitimately.

 

So, if the ADA had a somewhat negligible decrease in the employment of those who are disabled, according to the 2004 study; then the policy more than likely isn’t having the desired increase in disabled employment.  A quick perusal of BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) employment data shows that government policy, like the ADA, rarely if ever has the desired effect on it’s intended benefactors.

 

Personally, I looked for full-time employment for 3 years in my field, and part-time in anything I was physically able to do, which I was very limited. Eventually, I used the vocational rehabilitation services for 2 years when I  wasn’t having any luck on my own. However, I was later told that someone with a 4  year degree is something they didn’t deal with at all. So, their best option was to have me fill out job applications…..Why didn’t I think of that!  Some of the interviewers I talked to as much said, ” You’re on SSID, right?Then, you’re already being taken care of.”  And I can understand the apprehension of hiring a disabled employee, there was as much apprehension in my mind as well, as to, whether I would be able to perform the jobs duties as expected. I also wasn’t going to sue a potential employer for “discrimination”, where does that get me, and I want to be employed because I have value to an employer. At that point, honestly, I kind of just gave up, and believed there wasn’t another option to obtain a job.

 

So, what could be other solutions for the disabled? Why not work from home doing what someone is able to do specific to one’s limitations. According the BLS 2016 data,  “Employed persons with a disability were more likely to be self-employed than those with no disability. (See table 4.)” PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY: LABOR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS — 2016.  Private corporations/business would employ disabled workers as well, for instance, Citi provide trainings specifically referring to consideration for persons with disabilities. Globally, Citi has five Persons with Disability Networks.      This is what, as I referred to above, are what state and federal agencies lack, resources to help people who really want to work and become productive individuals.  Government policy usually hinders innovation and productivity, and the ADA is no different.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Libertarian Party…so much for parties, I’ll keep libertarianism and principles.

The 2016 election cycle has been one gigantic spectacle of candidates trying to convince the “voters” to ignore their illegal and just plain despicable actions in the never-ending power grab over the people they rule. David Copperfield doesn’t have a magical illusion in his repertoire as good as the ruse government has over the voting populace.

I became a big (L) libertarian after finally realizing nobody was going to save me from my situation in life(that’s another story), especially not the politicians or any of their policies that claim to help cure society of many of it’s social or economic conditions. After doing some serious research, through various sites and podcasts,I learned what libertarian principles were and how they’re applied to the individual and society. Most people who dig and look hard enough, dig even deeper and try to rationalize and understand the principles of libertarianism. The process of intellectually grasping and unlearning something you’ve been taught your whole life is a fiction can be hard, and the process of learning the thought processes of the NAP, property rights and individual rights can be difficult as well.

Once I had started that process, I wanted to find people who shared similar thoughts and experiences, so I found a local LP meeting, about four years ago. I have voted twice before, in 1994 and 2012, I really have never felt it was my civic duty or some great “privilege” because this is the greatest nation on Earth. But with the LP, I really believed it would be different with a third party, and being the party of principle compared to the Democrats and Republicans.

Finally! People who thought as I did; believed the same principles I did; read the same books(Rand,Rothbard,etc.)I did; it just felt comfortable, and I tried to recruit and tell as many people I could about the LP, the monthly meetings, and
the message. By the second year, I realized they weren’t any different than the Democrats or Republicans, as a matter of fact, most of the people that attended were former Republicans who just jumped to Libertarian Party, but still had strong Republican views. Some even had shall we say Socialist views. For example, One night we were talking about the ACA, and I stated, “Aren’t we, as libertarian thought goes, supposed to be for charity and free-markets?” The response was, “I’d like to see how the German government does their single-payer system”. “It seems to work pretty well”. Huh! This was not the only person who thought that way of compromising the libertarian principles to “get in the game”. However, that one was a huge surprise, and there were many more similar comments that violated the NAP, and individual rights, etc. Those were my first clues that these were just Republicans and even Democrats who had migrated to another party.

In 2012, my other clues were the elections, and I never got the point of the LP’s just running for county and state seats that: a)They had absolutely no prior experience, if you’re going to run for sheriff,you might want to have a law degree and/or policing experience. b) Putting no effort into a campaign other than filing paperwork. c) Running numerous times for office with no chance of winning or following core libertarian principles,even if they did win. The party also had a habit that I noticed; of supporting a hot topic issue; and then forgetting about it once it lost it’s appeal or elections had finished. Eventually, meetings just became an unorganized chore where I realized that instead of sitting around for 1-2 hours, I could go and talk to people on my own and do more direct charity on my own that are more effective than pushing a button.

I’m more pissed at myself than anything, I got comfortable with the LP and started buying into the mantra of many in the LP and many of the other celebritarians who compromise the message with bromides such as, “baby steps”, or “change it from the inside” are used to mollify the message of libertarianism to win over those who can’t handle or are afraid of expressing the true core principles. The LP wants power just like any other political group, and as Acton said, power corrupts; and the LP isn’t immune, John Moore responds to LNC.

“Anarchists are simply Jeffersonian democrats till the last consequences and without fear of it.”
-Benjamin Tucker

Dear America,

I have been pretty intrigued by Karl Hess for some time, and I can’t say for sure why I feel that way. Maybe it’s the fact that an 8th or 9th grade drop-out who taught himself to become a self-sufficient, and self-accomplished: political philosopher, editor, welder, motorcycle racer, tax resister, atheist, and libertarian activist; or, it’s the fact that I find learning someone’s path to realizing their own individuality interesting. Everyone has their own path to the realization that the government/the State is a destructive,malicious entity….and some never do.

Hess, in his book, Dear America, goes on to pull the curtain back and show the reader the true nature of the centralized, government juggernaut, crony corporatism, the fallacy of the right vs left, and the power of the individual at it’s core and it’s all-encompassing potential for change. Change through self-sufficiency by the individual, free markets, and small community autonomy.

Like most people trying to find an identity or free the conflicts of their own conscience, Hess challenged the status quo:

“While serving as a paid hand for major capitalist interests, I used to cling to the notion that the bigness of the automakers was all good, all sacred, all American. And not once did I bother to think of how that directly contradicted my other notions, as a conservative, about the virtues of controlling your own life, of being self-reliant, and of locating political and economic power close to home and not in remote areas.”

Hess had realized a majority of conservatives and the Republican Party had lost it’s core principles of individualism and traded them for control, authoritarianism and protectionism. As much as Hess tried to fit-in, he became more disgusted and dissatisfied with himself and his involvement in the corporate world where he believed the loss of loyalty to oneself becomes a turning point in a persons life.

“When there is no loyalty  to or sense of self, then there is only the superficial loyalty to anyone else”. From there, Hess became part of the New Left and the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society),which espoused the principles of anti-authoritarianism, anti-war and anti-Establishment and a break from the “Old Left” and their focus on labor issues and authoritarianism. Many of the groups in the “New Left” were anarchist groups such as the Diggers and The Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers, which wanted decentralization and direct action.

” In time, he would turn toward the New Left, or to that portion of it which is anti-authoritarian and anarchist; that seemed to be where the numbers were, where the life-style was developing, and where, as he said, “people were making revolution, instead of talking about it.”

I admire these people like Karl Hess now, five or six years ago I never would have given a second thought of how important individuality is to freedom and prosperity, and the knowledge that you own your own destiny, and how detrimental government in any form is to those freedoms. Hess showed how anarchism,free markets, voluntarism, and mutual aid could bring about change more so than any other governmental policy or party ever could promise.

This, as I said before, was part of my path toward decentralization,individualism, self-reliance, and private assistance rather than relying on a centralized bureaucracy with no accountability and rife with abuses of those same individual principles.

Dear America, Wake Up!

 

Liberty is the Mission.

Ben Stone announced his retirement from all public forums, except the occasional writing under an anonymous pseudonym. Bad Quaker

I can’t really remember how I found the Bad Quaker podcast,most likely listening to one of the other libertarian/anarchist podcasts,and heard him speaking, or Ben’s name being mentioned. That’s how it starts, you get a very small dose of libertarianism and the principles of it’s philosophy. Then… from there you want to find more from different perspectives hoping someone will disprove these “crazy” theories. The more I found, and dug deeper into the philosophy and read the arguments, the more I questioned everything I’d been taught.

Libertarians are some of the more knowledgeable pursuers of philosophy,history,and economics; of truth, freedom, and  liberty. Ben Stone was one of them, whether it was talking about Ludwig von Mises on praxeology, or Murray Rothbard on the stripped innards and grotesque lies of  the state and it’s history, Ben conveyed the message with his own voice; a calm and convicted resonance carrying the appeal to find the individual mind.

There are many of the liberty movement that have influenced my path to realizing the state is the antithesis of freedom, Ben was one of the first.

 

“This philosophy drives my life. When I close my eyes the last time, I will do so satisfied in this truth.”                                                                                          -Ben Stone

 

 

Willam S. Burroughs A Thanksgiving Prayer

“To John  Dillinger and hope he is still alive.
Thanksgiving Day November 28 1986”

Thanks for the wild turkey and
the passenger pigeons, destined
to be shat out through wholesome
American guts.

Thanks for a continent to despoil
and poison.

Thanks for Indians to provide a
modicum of challenge and
danger.

Thanks for vast herds of bison to
kill and skin leaving the
carcasses to rot.

Thanks for bounties on wolves
and coyotes.

Thanks for the American dream,
To vulgarize and to falsify until
the bare lies shine through.

Thanks for the KKK.

For nigger-killin’ lawmen,
feelin’ their notches.

For decent church-goin’ women,
with their mean, pinched, bitter,
evil faces.

Thanks for “Kill a Queer for
Christ” stickers.

Thanks for laboratory AIDS.

Thanks for Prohibition and the
war against drugs.

Thanks for a country where
nobody’s allowed to mind the
own business.

Thanks for a nation of finks.

Yes, thanks for all the
memories– all right let’s see
your arms!

You always were a headache and
you always were a bore.

Thanks for the last and greatest
betrayal of the last and greatest
of human dreams.