• Alanna Hendren

    Thanks for this article – it clearly raises the issue of whether it is realistic to assume that elderly, disabled and people who are ill should be in the workforce. The expectation that everyone should work is unrealistic when we understand the severe nature of some disabilities, illnesses and barriers to employment faced by specific groups. This is where charitable non-profits come into the picture but there is not enough charity to go around. Without some government support, these folks are destined to live in perpetual poverty with no chance for escape. Taxes used to pick up the slack and support those who cannot work – but while jobs increased, social welfare spending decreased. While the top 1% got richer, the bottom 10% got significantly poorer. And these losses will only be amplified by proposed cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, social housing and other support programs.