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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.
The author makes blanket statements and assumptions that all disabled Americans will sue you if you don't do exactly as they say. Of course, this does happen, but the author insults the disabled by implying that they're a liability and will ALWAYS sue you if you don't give them what they want. In trying to be clever in a pretzel logical way, the author tries to show how it is the ADA that is insulting and degrading the disabled but then in his own delivery he does exactly what he claims the ADA does! In my opinion it seems that he is out of touch with the disabled. He was fortunate to have two loving parents and a disability that did not prevent him from walking, seeing, hearing, thinking clearly, or not suffer through hallucinations. Surely, being born without a leg and some fingers IS disabling, but there are varying degrees of disabilities. He also seems hung up on disabled parking spaces as if it's such a major inconvenience for those who aren't disabled. I personally don't even think twice about the empty spaces; I just move on and I don't see many people up in arms about them.Read more ›
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Excellent treatment of a difficult and sensitive subject, by a disabled author who has a unique perspective.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
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
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