(NBC NEWS) More than half of the country has a message for former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin: enough.
That’s the result from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll in which 54 percent of voters say they’ve heard enough from Palin and would prefer that she be less outspoken in political debates.
That includes nearly two-thirds of Democrats, a majority of independents, and even nearly four-in-10 Republicans.
Earlier today, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) spoke at a Center for American Progress (CAP) event about Republican attempts to use Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) as a way to cut and undercut the whole Social Security system. Rather than sticking with the conventional wisdom that Republicans, the media and even some Democrats cling to, Brown argues that what we should be doing now is not just protecting Social Security and SSDI, we should be expanding the programs.
Here are 13 important facts about SSDI you need to know to counter the right-wing spin:
1. SSDI provides protection for 90% of America’s workers and their families if a life-changing disability or illness stops them from being able to work and bring in enough money.
2. SSDI pays modest benefits, averaging just $1,140 per month, less than most workers make before they qualify for the program.
3. For 80% of beneficiaries, SSDI is the primary or only source of income, and it provides a drastic increase in the quality of life of recipients who might otherwise live in poverty.
4. The eligibility criteria for SSDI are among the strictest in the world and fewer than 40% of applicants are approved.
5. Nearly 20% of beneficiaries die within five years of first obtaining benefits.
6. Nearly 9 million workers with disabilities receive SSDI benefits, including more than 1 million veterans. More than 150,000 spouses and nearly 2 million children also receive benefits.
7. Beneficiaries pay into SSDI as a portion of their Social Security payroll tax. The current tax rate is 6.2% on the first $117,000 of earnings a worker makes. 5.3% goes to the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund (OASI), the rest goes to the SSDI Trust Fund.
8. Only one-third of private-sector workers has employer-provided long-term disability insurance, and most of those plans often provide less than SSDI. Only 7% of workers who make $12 per hour or less have such insurance. Most private long-term disability insurance plans are too costly for most workers.
9. Most beneficiaries are in their 50s and 60s, with the average age being 53.
10. Fewer than 4% of beneficiaries earned more than $10,000 during the year.
11. The United States ranks 30 out of 34 OECD member countries in terms of replacement benefit payouts for workers with disabilities.
12. A temporary reallocation of how the 6.2% payroll tax is divided between SSDI and OASI would ensure that both trust funds would be able to remain fully solvent until 2033 and would alleviate the shortage in SSDI funds caused by demographic trends.
13. Beneficiaries face a wide range of significant disabilities, with many having multiple impairments, which include:
31.8% have a “primary diagnosis” of a mental impairment, including 4.2% with intellectual disabilities and 27.6% with other types of mental disorders such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder or severe depression.
29.8% have a musculoskeletal or connective tissue disorder.
8.7% have a cardiovascular condition such as chronic heart failure.
9.3% have a disorder of the nervous system, such as cerebral palsy or multiple sclerosis, or a sensory impairment such as deafness or blindness.
20.4% include workers living with cancers; infectious diseases; injuries; genitourinary impairments such as end stage renal disease; congenital disorders; metabolic and endocrine diseases such as diabetes; diseases of the respiratory system; and diseases of other body systems
Glenn Beck is now getting death threats for showing compassion to the undocumented immigrant children who’ve recently crossed our border.
OK, this one you’re not going to believe.
Perhaps we need to check for flying pigs or snowballs in hell, because it seems that Glenn Beck has seen the light. Well, on this one subject anyway.
To spite all of his fellow Conservatives pushing for harsh treatment of the migrant children who have been flooding in at our border, Beck has decided that they should be treated with compassion and love. And no, I’m not kidding. On July 19th, Beck is planning on bringing a huge truck full of teddy bears, soccer balls, and hot meals to over 3,000 children in McAllen, Texas who’ve recently come across the border. And he has said that he doesn’t really care how this might affect his career.
On Tuesday, Beck became very emotional on his show when he said,
“I’ve never taken a position more deadly to my career than this — and I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this.”
“Everybody is telling me I’m seeing subscriptions down; I’m seeing Mercury One donations down. I’m getting violent emails from people who say, you know, I’ve ‘betrayed the Republic.’ Whatever.”
Look, I have never agreed with anything that has come out of Glenn Beck’s mouth, but on this one, I have to give him some props. Especially since he is doing this under extreme pressure from the far right. He is literally receiving death threats because of this. Death threats.
And all of the threats and hatred pouring out toward him is all because he wants to do something kind for some children. It’s just crazy. Seriously, what is wrong with the Cons in this country??
Beck ended his Tuesday show with a great comment.
“When America stops being good, we are no longer able to be great.”
The CEO of Hardees and Carl’s Jr is a whiny jerk who would pay his over-worked employees even less than he is now, if the mean ol’ Federal Government didn’t force him to pay them at least $7.25 an hour. Smug Bastard.
One fast-food CEO has a message for the workers toiling away in his industry: The minimum wage hike you’ve been clamoring for will only hurt you.
The consequences of raising the minimum wage include more youth unemployment, higher prices and increased automation, says Andy Puzder, the head of CKE restaurants, the parent company of Hardees and Carl’s Jr.
“Government needs to get out of the way,” Puzder told Yahoo! Finance in an interview Monday. “If government gets out of the way, businesses will create jobs and wages will go up.”
Puzder made $4.4 million in 2012, according to Forbes. That’s about 291 times what a minimum wage worker makes in a year, if they’re earning the federal minimum and working full-time. The average fast food CEO made 721 times what minimum wage workers took in in 2013, according to a recent report from the Economic Policy Institute. […]