Senator Tom Cotton: Social Security Benefits Can Lead To Heroin Addiction (VIDEO)

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U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) once jokingly referred to by the White House the “international man of mystery” for claiming he got special information on the Iran deal when it was easily made available online,  is now back again – and creating quite the stink.

In a speech at the conservative Heritage Foundation, Cotton tried his darndest to link the number of people collecting Social Security disability benefits with population decline and community turmoil. He even went as far as saying it could cause heroin and meth addiction.

 “It’s hard to say what came first or caused the other: population decline or increased disability usage — or maybe economic stagnation caused both. Regardless, there seems to be, at least at the county or local level, a disability tipping point.”

“Population continues to fall, and a downward spiral kicks in, driving once-thriving communities into further decline. Not only that, but once this kind of spiral begins, communities could begin to suffer other social plagues as well, such as heroin or meth addiction and associated crime.”

Whoa. Hold on there, Cotton:

He’s going out on a limb there, especially since he admits he’s not entirely sure what all the factors are. It’s quite a magical story, and in his head we’re sure it makes sense. For the rest of America, however, it doesn’t take much to see how far-fetched his claims are.

For one, a lot of factors play into population decline. Trying to single out a few variables just doesn’t cut it. Cotton just needed something to talk about among his conservative base as an excuse to introduce new legislation limiting disability insurance for people who need it. If he gets his way, he’ll limit non-permanent disability recipients and set a deadline for them to return to work. It will automatically force members receiving money to reapply, placing a further burden on them and the system.

“These reforms won’t solve all the problems of Social Security disability but they will address one of the most urgent crises in the program. And the one, perhaps, most corrosive to effected communities.”

This is better for the “community” according to him. Right. What he means to say is, no matter if people qualify for it or not, he’s going to make it as difficult as possible for people to receive disability benefits.

Let’s all thank Tom Cotton for his profound wisdom before things really get out of hand. People should stop thinking so much about themselves, or being able to provide for their families. They should kick their “disability habit” now before they end up in an alley somewhere doing meth. The communities of America salute you, sir. Even though you have no real evidence on this, it’s better to be safe, rather than sorry, right?

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info