Political Bickering Finds Disadvantaged Facing Hardships
Published : 2013-09-25 - Updated : 2021-03-23
Author : Thomas C. Weiss - Contact: Disabled World (www.disabled-world.com)
Synopsis* : Editorial article on food security and the potential for financial and additional hardships for Americans with disabilities. In the United States of America today, 4 out of 5 adults struggle to find adequately paying work, are near poverty, or rely on welfare for at least part of their lives. A government with no respect for its own citizens certainly has no respect for the International community, or its treaties.
Political bickering between the Republican and Democratic parties in America once again finds People with Disabilities, Seniors, Children with Disabilities and Veterans with Disabilities facing the potential for financial and additional hardships.
In a few days, the in-fighting between the two largest parties in this nation could find these populations, who already struggle with food security and more, struggling even further. One can only wonder if the term, 'leadership,' still applies to the process occurring in America's capitol.
Chart showing rights within Article 28 of the CRPD
The United States of America is a signatory of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Convention presents People with Disabilities with a number of rights that are to be protected by member nations. For example; under Article 28 of the CRPD, People with Disabilities have the right to an adequate standard of living and social protection. The United States signed the CRPD with smiles and congratulations.
Article 28 of the CRPD says;
"States Parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions, and shall take appropriate steps to safeguard and promote the realization of this right without discrimination on the basis of disability."
Without question, if the U.S. Government shuts down People with Disabilities in America will find ourselves without the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI checks we regularly receive. The result will be an inability to obtain food, pay for housing or the bills to support housing; all in clear violation of the CRPD. People with Disabilities who do not have food or housing are People with Disabilities who do not have an adequate standard of living. The proverbial finger can only be pointed at one source - the United States Government, should it choose to shut down.
Chart showing food insecure populations in America, in Millions
In the United States of America today, 4 out of 5 adults struggle to find adequately paying work, are near poverty, or rely on welfare for at least part of their lives. The situation is likely to become worse unfortunately. According to the Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) the term, 'food security,' refers to the availability of food and a person's access to it. A household is considered to be, 'food secure,' if its occupants do not live in hunger or fear starvation. Many People with Disabilities in America live on a month-to-month food security basis.
In America, 50.1 million people were found to be living in food insecure households. In these households, 33.5 million were adults, while 16.7 million people were children. The year 2011 found 4.8 million seniors experiencing food insecurity. The large numbers of children living in poor and food insecure homes makes them more prone to nutritional and additional health issues. Poor children experience:
- Lower immunization rates
- Higher infant mortality rates
- Less access to quality health care
- Increased obesity and its complications
- More frequent and severe chronic diseases such as respiratory infections
In section 2(b) of Article 28 of the Convention it says that member nations will, "ensure access by persons with disabilities, in particular women and girls with disabilities and older persons with disabilities, to social protection programs and poverty reduction programs." If the, 'leadership,' of America chooses to shut itself down due to bickering and in-fighting, it will clearly be in violation of the CRPD because there will be no access to the main social protection programs People with Disabilities rely on most through the Social Security Administration.
"A 2012 report by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) revealed alarming child poverty rates in the U.S., particularly when compared to other nations. For example, the U.S. ranks second-highest among all measured countries with 23.1 percent of children living in poverty, slightly better than Romania, with 25.6 percent."
The politicians of America most likely do not care; they are already in violation of the Convention. For example, 23.1% of children as a whole in America live in poverty; how many of them are Children with Disabilities? People with Disabilities as a population experience poverty at a greater rate than many in this nation already. The United States of America, as a steward of the CRPD, is already failing.
In a recent news story that is relevant an Iraq War veteran named Jason stated;
"I turned 35 less than a week ago. My first job was maintenance work at a public pool when I was 17. I worked 40-hours a week while I was in college. I've never gone longer than six months without employment in my life and I just spent the last three years in the military, one of which consisted of a combat tour of Afghanistan. Oh, and I'm now on food stamps. Since June, as a matter of fact. Why am I on food stamps? The same reason everyone on food stamps is on food stamps: because I would very much enjoy not starving."
Please understand the same politicians who want to shut down the United States Government also desire to cut food stamps by millions of dollars. Instead of making genuine efforts to support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, or even to support the veterans who have fought in the wars the leaders of America have found to be so very needed, these leaders are seemingly doing everything they can to make sure People with Disabilities, Seniors, Children with Disabilities and Veterans with Disabilities suffer so they can attempt to make political points. The politicians have chosen bickering over vast populations in America, a truly disturbing thing to behold. A government with no respect for its own citizens certainly has no respect for the International community, or its treaties.
About the Author
Thomas C. Weiss attended college and university courses earning a Masters, Bachelors and two Associate degrees, as well as pursing Disability Studies. As a Nursing Assistant Thomas has assisted people from a variety of racial, religious, gender, class, and age groups by providing care for people with all forms of disabilities from Multiple Sclerosis to Parkinson's; para and quadriplegia to Spina Bifida.
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Cite Page: Journal: Disabled World. Language: English (U.S.). Author: Thomas C. Weiss. Electronic Publication Date: 2013-09-25 - Revised: 2021-03-23. Title: Political Bickering Finds Disadvantaged Facing Hardships, Source: <a href=https://www.disabled-world.com/editorials/hardship.php>Political Bickering Finds Disadvantaged Facing Hardships</a>. Retrieved 2021-06-13, from https://www.disabled-world.com/editorials/hardship.php - Reference: DW#307-9888.