Farewell Jeb Bush, Hello Again Ira Glass

I am greeting the announcement of Jeb Bush’s withdrawal from the Republican presidential campaign with more than passing sorrow–a term I never use lightly but it’s apt in this case since Jeb is the only GOP candidate who cares about disabled Americans. Be assured: the rest of the pack wishes ardently that the lame and the halt will go away.
 
 The GOP’s only remaining narrative concerning disability is the US is filled with fake cripples who right now are stealing from good old you and me–a story that received considerable traction two years ago when the redoubtable radio hipster Ira Glass rebroadcast (without journalistic fact checking) a spurious story from Planet Money asserting that phony social security disability claims are officially out of control in America. The provenance of the story hardly mattered to Glass, who, when confronted with its falsehoods simply declared himself a journalist and shrugged. It mattered not at all to the doyen of “This American Life” that the tale was largely the dream child of a notorious rightist think tank, or that the outright falsehoods contained in the broadcast might do tremendous damage to the disabled.
 
 Falsehoods about the powerless play well in the GOP.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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