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America's War on the Disabled: 1975-1992 (a history of Ronald Reagan's Social Security Disability Reviews of the 1980's) [Kindle Edition]

Tennise Broeck Morse
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Book Description

In the 1980's, in a budget crisis much like today's, Ronald Reagan's Administration saved a great deal of entitlement money by throwing more than half a million people, and their families, off of Social Security Disability benefits. Recently disabled by MS, I was one. This process, called a "Review," never ended for many. I fought my way through every step of the review process for six years. When my benefits were reinstated, I was one of only six percent to get all the way through the "Review" process into Federal District Court, and one of only three percent to have my benefits reinstated through this route.. With a BA in American Studies and an MFA in Fiction Writing, I set out to research the "Reviews." This book combines the progress of my personal story with quotes from articles in New York area newspapers and national magazines. It has an extensive Bibliography. It also uses the words "fascism" and "genocide." This book was free on the internet for many years. On August 9th, 1946, I turn 65, and no longer have to fear the complex Social Security Disability regulations that would have made self-publication a nightmare. Now, it can become available to a wider audience. WARNING: At least four sentences in this book have X rated language.

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5.0 out of 5 stars How it can feel to be disabled September 11, 2011
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An amazing story of how one woman stood up against the American social services bureaucracy, despite dealing with debiliting MS. It's the story of how her education, intelligence and fearlessness enabled her to retain and ACT on her sheer determination to keep and care for her children.

The book's infusion with facts and citations seems to make it irrefutable. This was my first thorough exposure to the reality of living disabled, and the author's clarity and humor made it so much easier for me to listen to the awful truth.

What's important to remember is the many disabled people who unluckily don't share this woman's education, verbal skills and fearlessness. Those who, because of a myriad of physical or mental or emotional pains, were simply unable to make it on time - or at all - to appointments with bureaucrats, court hearings, etc. Those who were simply not able to organize their recollections or keep hold of the paperwork needed to defend oneself and family. There are scads of women who develop addictions, who are victims of domestic violence, who are grieving about having lost their children to spouses or to the system, etc., etc.

This book is an ENORMOUS service, and we owe a debt of gratitude to Ms. Morse for putting this information together in such an accessible style.
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As of 2013, I'm a 67 year old white woman who lives in Albuquerque, N.M. (the home of Gumby cartoons!) I have a BA in American Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University. I also have MS. In fact, I was formally diagnosed only shortly before receiving my MFA.

In my early 30's, I had to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. It took me two years to get them. Less than two years later, I was "reviewed" for six years.

When "the smoke cleared" and I had kept my apartment and my kids, I had also written the outlines of a book: "America's War on the Disabled:1975-1992..." As many more years went by, I "finished" it, but could not formally "publish" it. It turns out SSDI and SSI have NO regulations that cover works of art.

"America's War" was free on the internet for many years, and had thousands of readers - people with disabilities all. As I approached the age where my Social Security Disability benefits converted to Old Age Benefits (and after a final re-write) I published "America's War..." as a Kindle e-book.

Over the years, I became interested in Genealogy and finally, family history stories. My second book "The Christmas Pedophile (and Other Stories About my Mother)" was written in 2012 and re-written in 2013.

"The Christmas Pedophile..." was my attempt to move on from a life defined by systems - an attempt I eventually had to understand was futile.

Still, as Lewis Black says (my "little snowflakes") its the quirky individual things about us that defines us, not our "categories," and not even the systems we're enmeshed in.

"America's War" is a Social/Personal history, with a 13 page Bibliography. The events I describe really happened, and I prove it. One reader compared it to "The Year of the Plague." Another wrote me to say that finding my book on the internet stopped her suicide.

"The Christmas Pedophile..." is a non-fiction book about my family. I hope you enjoy reading about the schizophrenic mother who could bring a pedophile home to her grandchildren for Christmas, and the bi-polar father who could take off all his clothes and go outside to smoke. And then of course, there's ME!


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