Mara Math 
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Re: “Do Disabled Motorists Need Free Parking?

So . . . in order to deter the able-bodied who commit fraud, punish the truly physically impaired who actually need and have legally obtained disability parking placards? Way to go! Hey, let's take away food aid from starving folks, too, since sometimes people who don't need Food Stamps steal them! And wasn't there just some big scandal in MediCare or MediCal where fake billing was uncovered? No more healthcare for the verifiably sick or disabled!

This has the reek of yet another effort to balance the budget on the necks of the poor and disabled. I suspect the Quan administration would rather collect money from those of us who are disabled than put a little muscle into cracking down on fraud. Increased fines for illegal placard use would be a real and far more effective deterrent to corruption, and add more to the budget than picking the pockets of the disabled.

Incidentally, why do people with placards need free parking? Because some of us can't make extra trips back and forth from our destination to our parking spot to feed the meter. Because medical appointments can run hours late. Because depending on one's disability, everything can take longer. Because many of us are on a fixed income precisely because we are disabled/because being disabled enough to qualify for a placard often means one can't work full time.

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Posted by Mara Math on 05/02/2013 at 12:27 AM

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