Social Security Disability was recently hit by another round of scandals when it was revealed that some New York Police Officers were scamming to get Disability payments. Though it was the Social Security Administration that investigated and uncovered the fraud, somehow our Congress has turned this effort into a witch hunt against Social Security Administration, rather than focusing on the steps that would have prevented it from ever occurring in the first place; steps the Social Security Administration has been urging for decades.
Social Security Disability under the Microscope
While Republicans and Democrats seem most concerned about scoring political points, to find out what is really going on, we talk to Rebecca Vallas, the Deputy Director of Government and Legislative affairs for the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). She contends the successful investigation of fraud shows the Social Security Administration is doing its job. Vallas is deeply concerned that poorly informed partisan battles over Social Security Disability will debilitate a necessary system.
Walter Mosley takes on Discrimination, Housing and Safety.
We ran into NYS Assemblyman Walter Mosley at a TWU-Local 100 event a few weeks ago. Labor-Lines Reporter Christiaan Perez engages Mosley in a wide ranging discussion about the challenges facing his district and the City. Mosely gives his views on discrimination, public housing, good jobs, gun control, stop and frisk and the role labor is likely to play in current NYC politics.
1) Loyalty to Party or Loyalty to Constituency: Senator Diane Savino breaks from the party line to support her constituents at risk of losing political pionts
2) Understanding the Government Shutdown: Political Grandstanding causes more hardships for those who are suffering. In this case it was an easily avoidable Government Shutdown
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