LA Times: An awful idea: Hammer the disabled to pay for unemployment benefits

By Michael Hiltzik

It would take the pen of Jonathan Swift* to fully describe Congress‘ willingness to beat up on the least fortunate members of society to protect the richest. The latest example is a plan to pay for a one-year extension of unemployment insurance by cutting Social Security benefits for the disabled.

This flinthearted idea has been endorsed by Senate Democrats, of all people, who have written it into a proposal that could reach the floor as early as Monday. Its chief sponsor is Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) but it’s got the support of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) too.

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