It seems like an ideal dream. People defined as liberal for one reason or another having their own world to live on, and conservatives theirs. Before we continue, however, I must point out that I am going to make no pretense of aiming for that crock of shit people call objectivity. Instead, I am going to talk about why I believe that, if left on a world with equal resources, conservatives would be begging to come to the liberal one within a few generations.
First, some background information. Liberal in the true sense of the word means openness to change, progression, and correction based on being proven wrong. Conservative means the exact opposite, and more. Conservative in the form that dominates today’s political system means wanting to arrest and even reverse all progress. Why any sane individual would want to go back to a time when disease, ignorance, or even fluctuations in the prices of food could kill Humans in droves is anyone’s guess. But the behaviour of some conservatives suggests they would gladly do so.
Which brings me to the true subject of today’s headline. Welfare. Conservatives cry that it is out of control, eating up the economy like a shark with rabies. And in one sense, they are right. You see, a true Liberal will always interrupt conservative calls about how welfare is killing the economy with a simple question. Whose welfare?
Corporate welfare can best be defined as corporations being excused from paying the taxes for what they use, their employees’ wages being at least partly funded by the government, or payments for unjustified projects undertaken by that corporation. The payment of military contractors for weapons that the military has no want or need of being the best and most expensive example.
Compared to corporate welfare as paid by the governments of Australia, the United Kingdom, and especially Australia, the welfare paid to citizens earning less than a hundred thousand dollars a year is like a very brief piss into an ocean that covers the entire surface of Jupiter. Remember that that big black spot on Jupiter’s visible surface is more or less the exact same size as our planet.
You can tell more or less instantly who owns a media source by what they have to say about disability or disabled people. Here is what the Australian paper The Daily Telegraph said about disabled people the night I went and saw X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
I apologise for how blurry this is, but I only had a mobile telephone with me, and store staff act like you are about to steal peoples’ faces if you take photos inside. The mid-sized text says “NSW Disability Support Pensioners now outnumber Australia’s total war wounded by more than 44,000”. (So what?) But the real punchline is the big text. “Slackers & Slouch Hats”, the newspaper calls people on the Disability Support Pension.
I have some facts that I would like to point out to the Daily Telegraph:
- Getting paid the Disability Support Pension is not easy. When I was granted it some time ago, I had to submit reports from psychiatrists, diabetes specialists, and even my parental units. In the time since, I have been told by disability activists that it has gotten harder. One woman I am acquainted with whose disabilities include serious physical ones has been turned down for the DSP multiple times. And she cannot walk without a frame, if I remember the last information I received correctly. It is not an exaggeration to say that people can be denied the Disability Support Pension on the basis of picking their nose too much (or not enough) during interviews with assessors.
- Australia was part of a list of twenty-seven countries ranked by how many disabled citizens live in or near poverty. The OECD also keeps listings. The OECD listing compares Australia with countries that are known for their anti-socialisation mania (America) or corruption (Mexico). Regardless of which list you use for comparison, in 2010, Australia came dead last. That is, more disabled people as a percentage in Australia live in or near to poverty than anywhere else on these lists. How lucky Australia feels for disabled people is a question you have been failing for four years running (and more) to ask, Daily Telegraph.
- Almost 90 percent of disabilities are not visible to the naked eye.
- One third of the general population in Australia earns or lives on less than 320 dollars per week. Amongst disabled people in Australia, it is twice that. That is, two thirds.
- Living with a disability, and the ignorance that the rest of the population has towards disability, is a very difficult thing. It can be the equivalent of physical labour, in that it places real physical burdens on the person and contributes to poorer health.
- People affected by mental health disorders of any kind have high levels of morbidity and mortality. They experience poorer general health, and experience higher rates of death from all causes including suicide. I have personally seen some adverts soliciting schizophrenic people to participate in research that state a disturbing fact. In Australia, it claims, merely being schizophrenic halves your life expectancy.
The Daily Telegraph apparently wants you to believe that the Disability Support Pension allows one a life of luxury as long as you can convince enough people that you are disabled. This kind of baseless, utterly offensive drivel echoes the Liberal In Name Only Party’s political stances concerning caring for anyone other than the rich quite well.
I was once skeptical of claims made by some sources that the Liberal In Name Only Party were the owners of the Daily Telegraph. With this one headline, the Daily Telegraph has convinced me of that beyond recall.
Oh, and the war wounded tends to be a static figure. The amount of soldiers in the Australian army tends to stay constant within a certain amount, and those wounded in battle also tends to be a fairly predictable percentage within that percentage of the population.
As a simple look at any reliable source concerning disability statistics can tell you, Daily Telegraph, the number of disabled people in Australia is growing.
We will not be content with being left to starve to death. We are not content with being the most improverished disabled population in the world.
The Daily Telegraph is without credibility, has demonstrated why pen and paper media is dying, and is a disgrace to same. Good day, Daily Telegraph.