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Disabling America: The Unintended Consequences of the Government's Protection of the Handicapped Hardcover – January 14, 2004
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From the outset, I will warn you that this book is highly anecdotal and, to my mind, this is no flaw (as some will allege). We hear stories of cases involving employees who "discover" a disability (like alcohol addiciton, "chronic" back pain, or depression), so that they might sue the pants off their employers. We hear stories of disabled lawyers who sue hundreds of stores at a time (that they have been to all of the stores is often in question).
These, and other, stories will outrage, and this is by design. The subtitle of the book is "the unintended consequences of the government protection of the handicapped," and this is what Perry shows. The ADA, like other government legislation such as the USA PATRIOT act, and No Child Left Behind, doubtless started with good intentions. But like these other Acts, the ADA is rife for abuse and ends up hurting those it intends to help. As Perry notes, the ADA is rife with abuse in large part because the vagueness of what constitutes a disability; everything from drug addiction to affliction with the AIDS virus to situational depression can be called a disability under ADA, and once one is "disabled," the ADA gives wide latitude to sue and make cumbersome demands on everyone from one's employer to one's favorite mom-and-pop store.Read more ›
I've heard him speak on CSpan before. he is eloquent and the reason the other side has vicious hatred toward him is because:
1. They don't like a handicapped man telling the truth about how the ADA harms both the handicapped AND normal people.
2. They love censorship.
3. Their incomes are at stake.
If you want to harm the handicapped, then go to Washington and lobby to stregthen the ADA!
Greg Perry presents his arguments in a systematic fashion. And the other reason ADA-advocates (attorneys, psychologists, and government workers) show such hatred towards this handicapped author is because he shows others - using a LOT of humor - how to destroy every pro-ADA argument they throw at us.
I am SO glad that I learned about this. I used to think the ADA was harmless. What I didn't know DID hurt me.
Why do we continue to put up with this? Karl Marx would have been so proud if he had designed the ADA. It keeps the handicapped in "their place" and really makes the people who profit off the backs they break under the ADA wealthy and they feel good that they've done something even though the outcome is disastrous for the people they say they want to help.
Perhaps the most shocking parts of the entire book, are the endless places in which people who are NOT handicapped or disabled sue a business for not being ADA friendly and THEY WIN!
For example, the author shares a story about a small business owner in Texas who found out one of his employees, who was cooking in the business' kitchen, recently tested HIV positive. Instead of firing the employee, the businessman wanted to give the man another job in the business that would take him out of the kitchen, but would pay him more and ensure that his customers would not be exposed to the virus.
Well, not only did the employee refuse the newer, higher-paying job, he went out and found a lawyer that was prepaired to take the businessman to court for violating the cook's rights under the Americans with Disablities Act.
Customers found out about it and quit eating at this restaurant. The businessman couldn't afford to defend himself in court. So, his business folded.
Is that fair? Certainly not. In fact, I would hope that every restaurant owner would be concerned about the quality of the food they were feeding me, even if it's a simple as the common cold or bacteria in the kitchen sink. And, secondly, since when is being HIV positive a disability? Does that mean that people with cancer are disabled?
No. This case is clearly an example of someone taking advantage of the system. And, I agree with the author, you and I are paying for these types of ridiculous lawsuits every day.Read more ›
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Himself a 'disabled' American, Perry never made the coherent argument how society was harmed by public transportation now having wheelchair lifts. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by Robin Orlowski
Reading this book made me cringe from the get-go but I decided to keep giving it a chance until about 3/4 of the way through I couldn't stand it anymore. Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by ZEPmang82
I am a Ph.D. student in History (ABD - All But Dissertation). My course work has been primarily in European and American History and focuses mostly on the mid-nineteenth and early... Read morePublished on November 23, 2011 by Gaby
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While I think Disabling America is Entertaining and humorous (especially... Read more
This is a rather focused diatribe against the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), written by a physically handicapped but highly successful individual. Read morePublished on September 11, 2005 by J. Berry MD
Insight into the workings of our Federal government and the way they are taking away the rights of the majority to appease the wishes of a vocal and active minority. Mr. Read morePublished on August 5, 2005 by Roy Payton
So much in this book is funny because the author writes so well. Given his passion on the way the government mistreats handicapped people in America, his humor keeps the book... Read morePublished on June 11, 2005 by G. Evans
I agree with the author some aspects of the ADA are exactly as innane repulsive and stupid as he says. Read morePublished on June 4, 2005 by THE AUTISTIC WEREWOLF