People with disabilities should just knock it off and stop faking
People with disabilities should just knock it off and stop faking

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton returned to one of the Great Republican Myths the other day, suggesting the Social Security Disability program is not merely full of fakes and cheaters, but might actually cause economic decline and drug abuse. In a speech to the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Cotton claimed a possible causal relationship between communities with high numbers of people on disability and population decline:

It’s hard to say what came first or caused the other: population decline or increased disability usage. Or maybe economic stagnation caused both. Regardless, there seems to be at least at the county and regional level something like a disability tipping point.

When a county hits a certain level of disability usage, disability becomes a norm. It becomes an acceptable way of life and an alternative source of income to a good paying full-time job as opposed to a last resort safety net program to deal with catastrophic injury and illness.

Isn’t that cute what he’s doing to logic there? Do people faking disability cause population decline, or does population decline make people start faking disability? Yes, we know, he doesn’t say “faking” — that’s mostly a given in any Republican discussion of Social Security Disability. Heck, he even brings up a possible explanation — economic stagnation — before immediately ignoring it and talking about his brilliant theory of a “disability tipping point.”

Maybe Cotton could try this on for size: As an area’s economic health declines, maybe those who can find jobs elsewhere go there, leaving behind a lot of people who are less able to work, or less able to pick up and move? Nah, it has to be people getting lazy and living the good life on those big fat disability pittances. Cotton’s ass-backward theory sounds an awful lot like Mitch McConnell’s explanation of why the economy supposedly hasn’t been expanding more quickly: employers are having “a hard time finding people to do the work because they’re doing too good with food stamps, Social Security and all the rest.” Never mind that the economy actually is doing quite nicely. Clearly, rich people need a tax cut and we need to make life more miserable for the poor, who are living the high life.

Cotton’s thoughtful analysis of the ills of disability continued:

After a certain point when disability keeps climbing and becomes endemic, employers will struggle to find employees or begin or continue to move out of the area. Population continues to fall and a downward spiral kicks in, driving once thriving communities into further decline.

Not only that, but once this kind of spiral begins, communities could begin to suffer other social plagues as well, such as heroin or meth addiction and associated crime.

Damn those “disabled” people (remember, they’re mostly faking) for all the economic harm they’re causing! Needless to say, Cotton has a plan to stop this cycle of decline. He’s going to introduce legislation to end all this false “compassion” by requiring people with non-permanent disabilities to get a job after a certain time, and also — just to make sure that people with permanent disabilities haven’t been miraculously cured — force people to reapply for disability benefits every few years. That’ll learn the lazy bastards.

Lately, we’ve been listening in the car to Molly Ivins’s last collection of columns, Who Let The Dogs In? and damned if Cotton doesn’t sound remarkably like an updated, stats-bending version of Newt Gingrich’s attacks on Supplemental Security Income in 1995:

Supplemental Security Income goes, literally, to poor, crippled children. It’s not easy to attack a program that helps poor, crippled children. Were it not for the stipend that helps economically marginal families care for their children born with spina bifida, cystic fibrosis, and other diseases, the kids would have to be dumped into public institutions, where the cost of their annual care would run way over what their families now get to help pay for wheelchairs, ramps, etc. Gingrich told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that poor people are not only coaching their kids on how to fake disabilities, but also beating them if they do not succeed: “They’re being punished for not getting what they call crazy money or stupid money. We are literally having children suffering child abuse so they can get a check for their parents.

There simply is no evidence for such a claim. Some shaky reporting based on unreliable sources had raised some questions about the SSI program, which also covers children with severe mental problems, and this was seized on by the right to discredit the program. Media reviews have since gone back and discredited both the reporting and the sources (who never alleged what Gingrich did to begin with).

We suppose by putting a slightly new supply-side spin on a cherished myth from the ’90s, Tom Cotton should at least get some credit for playing to the nostalgia market. As Lars-Erik Nelson pointed out in the wake of Gingrich’s rant against SSI, the real fraud, then as now, tends to be perpetrated by providers submitting false bills for treatment, a far more lucrative ripoff than the occasional individual faker. But we Americans can’t stand the idea that someone out there may be shirking, so Cotton’s found a lovely fake talking point to support the Republican war on Social Security. Hooray.

[RawStory / WaPo / Who Let the Dogs In / Molly Ivins purchase link]

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  • Nounverb911

    “Not only that, but once this kind of spiral begins, communities could begin to suffer other social plagues as well, such as heroin or meth addiction and associated crime.”

    Cotton’s describing Wasilla, Alaska.

    • Thaumaturgist

      Cotton describing half of Arkansas.

      • TxSpinyLizrd

        And West Virginia.

        • SnarkOff

          Ohio, New Hampshire, Connecticut…

    • HanBarbara

      Or as my kid who lives up there calls it : “valley trash”. They even have T shirts

  • Zippy

    Fucking magnets correlation, how does it work?

    • Callyson

      Campaign contributions come in, concocted excuses to screw the poor and pander to the rich come out. Sadly, you can explain it…

    • SpideySenser

      Something like (zippers) cognitive dissonance.

  • nmmagyar

    Fuck him right in the eye-hole. With votes, of course.

  • Callyson

    This asshole again?

    • MsAnthropesMr

      IOKIYAR! He’s worthy. Unlike those brown folks.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Harvard has a LOT to answer for, IMHO.

      • Beaumarchais?

        Obama and FDR?

        • Werewolf

          Shrub got his MBA there.

    • Skipper Doyle

      Wait. He went to Harvard? Do they only admit fools?

  • Nounverb911

    Cotton to demand that Paul Ryan reimburse the country for his Social Security financed college education in 3…2…1…

    • Zippy

      Ben carson, also too

      • Nounverb911

        I thought he got a full scholarship to West Point.

        • Mehmeisterjr

          Yes but he nobly turned it down by the remarkably direct method of it never having been offered.

  • Flashman

    Write a letter to the Ayatollah about it, bitch.

  • marxalot

    The System is corrupt! Just look at all the Takers gaming the system! Shame on those Takers!
    *looks at the system, notices the huge infrastructural weakness being exploited by businesses*
    Yes, it’s particular individual people ripping us Real Americans off!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The takers like the Mittbot. The Bush Crime Family. Heads of oil companies, big banks, hedge fund managers, the Koch brothers, the Waltons…

      Parasites all.

  • Callyson

    Cotton has a plan to stop this cycle of decline.

    Oh, so he’ll be supporting legislation to end tax breaks for companies that export jobs overseas? Good to know!

    Wait, what?

    • marxalot

      Or going after fraudulent providers, like new One L?

  • MsAnthropesMr

    Spoken like someone who has never had to apply for disability. They do not hand out that classification like lollypops at the bank.

  • Toomush_Infer

    Tom needs to bend down, turn around and take this, Cotton….

    • Playonwords

      Jump down, turn around, kick the balls of Cotton
      Jump down, turn around, kick him in the fork …

  • cmd

    Even though there is a loser debate tonight so many contenders, I am picking this guy for most hated person of the day today. With Newt a close second for accusing little kids of faking spina bifida, even if it was many years ago he did it.

    • MsAnthropesMr

      There’s no statute of limitations on Assholery.

      • FlownOver

        And a bitch of a recidivism rate.

      • James Christopher Owen

        The penalty should be doing community service in a homeless shelter. If there are any of those left.

  • Randy Riddle

    Once you get a few Teabaggers in Congress, people start moving out and the whole place just goes right to hell.

    • James Christopher Owen

      There goes the neighborhood.

  • Shibusa

    I’ve cotton idea about where Tom can shove his Great Republican Myths.

  • LarryHoudini

    Thank you, Tom Cotton! This system is rigged. Little brats faking cystic fibrosis are sitting down for lobster dinners AT THIS MOMENT while I am take my lunch break eating an olive loaf bologna sandwich on stale white bread.

  • ViveLaRes

    Maybe the real problem is that corporate America has replaced well-paying full time jobs with shitty part-time no-benefit gigs that pay so little their employees need food stamps. You know, Tom, like that one headquartered in your state….what’s their name again?

  • MrBlobfish

    I miss Lars-Erik Nelson’s columns.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      He had a way of ridiculing these shitstains without resorting to calling them shitstains, but communicating that never the less.

    • FlownOver

      I think you can find one of them in Trafalgar Square.

    • Skipper Doyle

      me too.

  • Blueb4sunrise

    Oh yeah. This is the guy that makes Trey Gowdy seem bright.

  • georgiaburning

    Yes, prisons and workhouses are a benchmark of economic growth. See how that sells, Tom.

    • Enfant Terrible

      “Are there no prisons?” asked Scrooge.

      “Plenty of prisons,” said the gentleman, laying down the pen again.

      “And the Union workhouses?” demanded Scrooge. “Are they still in operation?”

      “They are. Still,” returned the gentleman, “I wish I could say they were not.”

      “The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?” said Scrooge.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    …and damned if Cotton doesn’t sound remarkably like an updated, stats-bending version of Newt Gingrich’s attacks on Supplemental Security Income in 1995

    Same old shit, just from a different asshole this time.

  • btwbfdimho

    What if Prez Carson personally review the MRI of all future disability applicants?

  • chicken thief

    Cotton is so full of shit they had to stretch his neck out just to squeeze in a little more.

  • Shibusa

    Fun fact: Senator Joseph McCarthy was a heroin addict.

    • Skipper Doyle

      Rilly? That’s a new one to me. Would love to know more. Would this information be available to a person using the interwebs?

      • Shibusa

        I read about it in a book called ‘Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs’. (Interesting read!)

        • Skipper Doyle

          I will check it out on abebooks instanter.

  • btwbfdimho

    The truth is, meth is a gateway drug to Methodism.

    • elpinche

      It’s the latin base of the word so you know its real.

    • Skipper Doyle

      I want to kiss you. With tongue.

  • Spotts1701

    It becomes an acceptable way of life and an alternative source of income to a good paying full-time job as opposed to a last resort safety net program to deal with catastrophic injury and illness.

    Someone please point out to Boll Weevil Brain over here that Social Security Disability is pretty much sustenance-level living (less than $1200 per month on average as of 9/15), or about the same as a minimum-wage 40 hr/week job. Not exactly high-class living.

    • I get $640 a month. It all goes to rent and prescribed OTCs. I’m clearly scamming the system for the sweet monies.

      • Biff52

        Jesus, that sucks.

  • Mehmeisterjr

    If I had a son, I would teach him how to fake spinal bifida.

  • drbloor

    The results of Cotton’s x-rays are in.

    • Nounverb911

      They found the sponge Carson left inside?

    • James Christopher Owen

      Can’t be him. The hamster’s still alive.

  • chicken thief

    This giraffe necked motherfucker is a vet. Is he says vets are faking disability?

    • marxalot

      Well, if he didn’t have this cushy gov’t gig, he would be, so…

  • MrBlobfish

    Another round of tax cuts will solve this problem.

  • elpinche

    Awww Cotton misses his twin:

    Tom Cotton is a result of not hanging those traitor confederate racists after the civil war also inbreeding.

  • Oy.

  • ViveLaRes

    How in the everloving fuck could a kid fake spina bifida or cystic fibrosis???!!!! Has no Rethug ever actually seen a disabled child?

    • drbloor

      With enough inbreeding, eventually everybody looks normal to you.

  • Angry_Cop

    I could keep me and my dog alive on disability with one caveat: we’d have to be homeless.

    Otherwise, no chance, not even if we’re both eating his kibble and nothing else.

    • Bitter Scribe

      How big is your dog? Would he fight very hard over his kibble?

      • Angry_Cop

        Big – very big Golden. Would probably starve himself to death just to make sure I was comfy. I’d do it for him. Rather be homeless and broke than without my dog friend.

    • Biff52

      I did it for a couple of years. Barely got by, but I did. Probably because no dog.

  • Jeamonn

    And it’s time for my Tom Cotton standard non-comment.

  • JohnR

    Cons have not changed one bit unless they have actually devolved.

  • ViveLaRes

    I’m guessing this is not Tom Cotton’s vision of his lord and savior:

    • elpinche

      Well He’s a white Jesus, but no gun .1 out of 2 ain’t bad.

    • James Christopher Owen

      Maybe this one…

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Cotton needs to be voted off the island, and into shark infested waters and meet the fate he so richly deserves.

  • Bitter Scribe

    force people to reapply for disability benefits every few years

    And of course he’ll gladly vote for the additional funds it would take to process all those extra oh hahahaha I can’t even finish that sentence.

    One of the biggest drawbacks of democracy is that assholes who have never done a hard day’s work in their lives get to dick around people who work themselves crippled. Another big drawback is that the second group often gets fooled into voting for the first.

    • Biff52

      I might fare better if I got kicked off SSD, as I’m old enough to qualify for regular SS pension. The assholes like Cotton want to cut disability first, but they want to cut Social Security benefits altogether, ultimately.

      • bobbert

        Hold off on the regular SS as long as you can. I went on at 62 because cash flow, but you’ll do much better if you can hold out until “full retirement age” or later.

        • Biff52

          I’ve been on SSD since 2009. I don’t think I can convert to SS even if I want to.

    • DemmeFatale

      My partner in politcal activism had post-polio syndrome, (got it when she was 2), used braces, a wheelchair, and a scooter. The city made her reapply for a handicapped sticker EVERY YEAR as political payback.
      (Bad idea, as hell hath no fury…)

    • bupkus23

      Those fakers!!!
      Of course, Cotton will never work himself crippled – his disability is inbred. I cannot believe this man served in our armed forces, and continues to have such abhorrent views.

  • Poly_Ester

    Talking about your constituents this way is usually political suicide.

    • ViveLaRes

      Except this is Arkansas.

    • Joe E Dangerously

      Except it’s really not though. Demonizing a minority of the constituents tends to turn the majority of the constituents against them. And makes a segment of the minority want to fit in with the majority by saying “I’m not like those BAD (insert name of group here) people.” And so they vote against the fictional strawman they’re desperate not to look like. I’m disabled and I know other disabled people who say fewer people should get benefits because they could be working and “it makes people with the REAL disabilities look bad.” Now, you’d think someone who’s had to live with the hostility and straight bigotry most of society has for us their whole life would know better… But nope. And this is not just one or two people I’m talking about. This is a big problem.

      • FlownOver

        Did you know your last name is an adverb?

  • Skwerl King

    Wow, people living on SSI living in poor areas when they make so much money on SSI. Whodathunk?

  • freakishlystrong

    Clone these assholes they do.

  • TxSpinyLizrd

    Because of where I live, I frequently see individuals around town with missing limbs/prosthetics or terrible burn scars. I have a friend with a spouse who has early- onset Lewy body dementia, and they have kids who haven’t finished grade school. I think disability payments are a good and necessary thing.

    • marxalot

      Living in a place with high enlistment means a high veteran population,
      new and old. I’ve gotten used to seeing prosthetics, scars, things that
      were right and went wrong, and I know that disability payments offset
      the burdens that my fellow citizens carry. Living in a place with shit
      access to healthcare, I know that for those without veteran status,
      disability payments are often all that stands between them and the
      street or worse. Cotton seems to think if he just makes the money dry
      up, these people will go away.
      Long term, he may be right.

  • Creepoman

    Lately, we’ve been listening in the car . . .

    Surprised you can hear anything above the road noise and failing parts in your new Jag.

  • Fartknocker

    Gee Tom if you get sick I sure hope you get well soon. It sure is nice of Americans to provide you with health care for life you pandering goat fuck.

    • TxSpinyLizrd

      Would like to offer one upfist for the comment and another for the photo.

  • Notreelyhelping

    I’m not sure I really believe in karma (said sotto voce), but, man, sometimes it would be sweet. But don’t be concerned, Cotton, if tomorrow you wake with a pronounced tremor. It’s just the irony gods at play.

  • Michael Christian

    There was a nicely done but somewhat heartbreaking long piece done on disability by NPR pretty recently.

  • SnarkOff

    Now that corporations have moved overseas, are unemployed Americans in devastated former manufacturing towns gaming the system to make ends meet? Probably. So why doesn’t Cotton bring in some new jobs? Wouldn’t that solve the problem?

    • JaaaaaCeeeee

      Although there’s always a few, recent increases in disability are explained by those disabled desperate to get work (which pays more) who can’t find any, and now that women have been working awhile, there are enough for some to get disabled and go onto disability.

    • James Christopher Owen

      Then he’d actually have to WORK for a living. Fucking moocher.

  • stevola

    I’m waiting for disability. I’ve been denied once and my appeal is pending. It’ll barely cover my rent. I’d much rather be working.

    tl;dr Fuck these guys.

  • Riggsveda

    Funny how the worker shortage caused by disability slackers hasn’t resolved into higher wages, isn’t it? But I’m sure Ben Carson has an explanation hiding in the pyramids or over at West Point.

  • TheBidenator

    Where in Dog’s name do these morans FIND these theories? ‘Claiming disability’ is so low on the list of factors for population decline that it’s not even worth controlling as a factor. But then again these are Republicans and they will jump on anything they can find to stick it to the poor- sort of like how they want to ‘reform’ malpractice lawsuits so that maimed poor people (a far more likely occurrence given the way the medical system works) are unable to be compensated which would drop the cost of insurance by 1%. Eat shit and die you stupid turkey necked dick weasel….

    • Playonwords

      I thank you for your restraint, I can feel the desire for more caps and exclamation points surging against your self control …

      Also save money, roast a turkey necked dick weasel for thanksgiving

    • DemmeFatale

      Let it all out!
      I love “turkey necked dick weasel.”
      So festive!

  • Biff52

    My application for SSD was 36 pages, mostly documenting treatment going back 40 years. It was a Hail Mary for me. I got separated from employment a couple of years earlier due to an on the job injury, but the SSA has far more stringent guidelines. Lucky for me, I was approved on the first application. Most others get denied twice before hiring an attorney. The system is rigged by and for attorneys.

    • bobbert

      When my wife was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, she actually got SSD after a brief interview. In retrospect, I think it was because a pulmonologist and a couple of cardiologists had submitted evaluations saying she wouldn’t survive more than a few years. And, as it turned out, they were right (it was less than two years).

      I appreciated the system, though, because the two kids got about a K a month between them until they were 18. It was a big help.

      • Biff52

        I’m glad the help was there for you, too. If Cotton and his ilk get their way, it won’t be there much longer.

  • Ilgattomorte

    As part of the right-wing “Enabling the Disabled” program. Cotton’s plan would require an “individual inventory” every few years to make sure that the disabled are maintaining all of their appendages and that they are attempting to find work based on the number of remaining limbs in their inventory.

    For example, a one-armed, one-legged man could still find fulfillment operating a squeegee, providing we match his remaining arm to the correct traffic pattern and place him by a light post. Even a disembodied head could experience the satisfaction of employment, working as a professional doorstop or a hockey puck. There is virtually no physical disability that need force a person into the “slavery” of assistance.

    Thanks to these bright new Republican minds. you no longer need a boot to pull yourself up by the bootstraps. Hell, you don’t even need a leg.

    • Gleem-McShinez

      “providing we match his remaining arm to the correct traffic pattern and place him by a light post.”

      That’s sounds like a large government socialistic waste of money that enslaves this man by taking away his freedom to choose at which lightposts he might secure squeegee work!


      • Ilgattomorte

        Okay, but who isn’t these days.

    • HanBarbara

      I think that Tom has got a corner on the disembodied head/doorstop market

    • James Christopher Owen

      Hey, look at Tom. He’s walking around without a HEART and HE has a good-paying job. Git the fugoudda here with your “disability” bullshit.

  • TheBidenator

    Tom Cotton knows all about working with a disability as he’s clearly suffered from a distressingly low IQ his entire life….the smuggery of this one kills me. If there is a better argument for Dunning-Kruger (Ted Cruz) I don’t want to (Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz) meet them.

    • James Christopher Owen

      While I doubt any of them is a quantum physicist, my guess is that it’s less stupidity than pure, selfish meanness.

  • Bill Slider

    Research first, then write the speech, Senator Cotton. Visit a state mental hospital, then a group home for the mentally handicapped, and another for recovering addicts, then write your speech. I’d be interested in how many of them you would welcome as your next door neighbor, allowed to own a gun, drive a car, and attend your outdoor bar-b-que.

    • The Wanderer

      I’d be interested to see how many of them ARE his next-door neighbors.

  • whitroth

    And my friend in Bumfuck, OH, who was badly injured on a job, and they fought her claim for years, and then, earlier this year, “oh, it’s been too long” “that’s because you’ve been denying it”, “tough, our gov said you’re denied, because, poor….”

    None of these SOBs even know how it works, and how you have to *prove* you were injured on the job, and even then, you have to fight.


    • Playonwords

      Yet British style Social Security would be COMMUNISM (or summat)

    • Biff52

      When I advanced into management, they drummed into me the importance of documentation. Thankfully, I had the foresight to fully document my own injuries. Try as they might, they were unable to deny my claims. Keep records, kids.

    • Brianna Amoré

      When I was in college I was working for the Student Union and had a stack of chairs fall on me that injured my back. I was able to sign up for compensation immediately, they paid for my days off and had my back when it came to physiotherapy. I was totally covered, top to bottom, no questions asked and no problems with billing.

      Oh yeah, I should mention that this was in Canada. That damned Canadian Socialized Healthcare. Americans had better watch out or that might happen here too.

    • Jenny

      Honestly, as someone who had to help her brother through the system and watching other people go through it..claiming a mental disability was significantly faster. Granted he had decades of holy shit this dude is cray but the simple evaluation of can you do basic math, no? Disabled. Took 4 months. My god mother fought her physical disability claims for years and ended up having to hire attorneys.

  • FlownOver

    I hear there’s a special on rusty chainsaws at Derp Depot.

    Just sayin’.

    • James Christopher Owen

      That it might fit nicely into Tom Rotten’s anus? Sidewise? With the trigger taped down?

  • onedollarjuana

    “disability … becomes an acceptable way of life…”

    I have a lot of disabled people in my family and I can’t think of one who wouldn’t give EVERYTHING they have to be not disabled.

    • zanzibar_buckbuck_mcfate

      Everyone wants the disabled lifestyle with all its challenges and lack of rights and differences. AMERICAN DREAM.

      • Jenny

        Yeah who doesn’t want to live a life on a precariously weak safety net???

  • diogenez

    So, what is Tom Cotton’s excuse?

  • OneYieldRegular

    By any chance is he named “Cotton” after the stuff that’s between his ears?

    • blaid droog

      Naw. He’s called cotton cause he is the genealogical end result of a bunch of slave owning white eletist fried rat dick eating southern politicians that never produced a day of honest work in the entirety of their useless fucking heritage.

  • azeyote

    what’s with the effect is the cause routine?

    • Gleem-McShinez

      Same way “you’re the real racist.”

  • runfastandwin

    I thought of a good snarky comment but then BOUNCING BOOBS! Oh yeah now I remember – this guy Cotton is a cretin. If I was capable of pure unadulterated hatred, I would have it for him. Wait – I AM AND I DO!

  • jesuswasablack

    “When a county hits a certain level of disability usage, disability becomes a norm”
    Says the man who “worked” 133 days last year and earned $174,000.00, fuckin deadbeat hypocrite!

  • DemmeFatale

    Kirk voice: I. Have had enough. Of YOU!
    Kicks Cotton off a cliff. (OK, with votes.)

    • The Wanderer

      I’d pay to see that.

      • ChicagoLovesYou

        I’d also donate to a GoFundMe campaign to have Cotton be the first person launched into the sun.

    • Msgr_Moment


  • Brianna Amoré

    Yeah those damned disabled in their disabling. Why can’t they pick themselves up by the bootstraps and stop being disabled or something? Jeeze, the nerve of those disabled people expecting a free handout from all these God Fearin’ ‘Muricans like Tom Cotton. You know I bet if they prayed hard enough they could just get up out of those wheelchairs and walk like the rest of us. /s

    Tom Cotton, you are a scumbag of the highest order. Blaming disabled people for being disabled is the height of victim blaming. At long last sir, have you no shame?

    • mailman27

      No. None.

  • “When a county hits a certain level of disability usage, disability becomes a norm.”

    Sky’s the limit, all you backsliding gimps!! After all, Arkansas elected a dim-witted chickenshit thirst-fiend to Senate who couldn’t find Iran on a map of Iran. Dream big!

  • Jenny

    Maybe Tom Cotton’s generation could have done less drugs and been less self absorbed to 1) not create babby with disability 2) stop beating the kids for them super fat welfare checks.

    Is anything I said true? Probably not, but it doesn’t stop Republican congressmen so fuck it, I’ll say some crazy stuff that is totally truthy too!

  • The Wanderer

    I seem to recall that the recent surge in heroin addictions over the past decade has been largely centered on white suburban teenagers who come from affluent households. I wonder how Old Cotton-head would spin that?

  • middleclassman1

    More concerning are these guys that get hooked on being career politicians, sucking off the tax payers teets, It leads to drug addiction, sexual deviation and prostituting themselves out to billionaires.

    • The Wanderer

      Well, he’s a bright young pencil-necked geek politician – so he’ll end up with a rent boy soon enough.

    • danteardenz

      This unemployable in the private sector looser ; the Arkansas plowboy, and snake handlers pimp is Sheldon Adelson.

    • Dee Andee

      Nice work if you can get it though–pays $14,500 a month, whether you’re at work or not!

  • Skipper Doyle

    Is it just me or is he smokin’ hot or what?

    • smr06va

      Write him a letter………………..

      • Pierre_de_Fermat

        Tom would like that.

    • Errr…just you?

    • jmk

      You mean from his pants being on fire? Yes.

      In any other sense, no, I think it’s just you… because, to me, pencils are not hot.

    • Lynn A Myers

      Actually, yes, I do find him sexy and doable. However, because of “views,” I would feel so “dirty” after using him that I would have to shave him head to toe and throw him outside naked. I would then feel a bit better about it.

  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    This guy represents a poor state and the folks are poor because they’re lazy. I think they’re poor because they’re represented by sociopaths like him. But, hey, toe-may-to, toe-mah-to, right? Maybe the solution is to go to war with Iran, Syria (any and all sides). Maybe we could get involved in the Ukraine and wtf, let’s restart the Korean War while we’re at it. Plenty of work then.

    • bobbert

      Korean War is still on — it’s just an armistice.

      • Pierre_de_Fermat

        So restarting it is *always* on the tabe.

  • Zhu Bajie

    One reason population declines and disabilities increase is constant warfare. Soldiers get killed or maimed.

  • James Christopher Owen

    When a county hits a certain level of
    disability usage, disability becomes a norm. It becomes an acceptable
    way of life and an alternative source of income to a good paying
    full-time job as opposed to a last resort safety net program to deal
    with catastrophic injury and illness.

    Spoken like a callous dick who never had to try to live on a disability check.

    • bupkus23

      Hell – SSDI checks are even smaller than SS checks. he should be thrown to the dogs ( who most likely piss on him rather than tear him to pieces ).

      • James Christopher Owen

        People are nuts. Here in KY people elected a teahdist/crooked businessman who has promised to roll back the Medicare extension which came in under former gov Steve Beshear to assist low-income (most of us) folks to secure health insurance.

        • mediCAID extension.

          and man that breaks my heart (spoken from a blue city in a blue state and as a health care navigatora0.

          • James Christopher Owen

            I actually typed something that was an amalgam of “medicare” and “medicaid”, then corrected it to “medicare”. I had a dumbass attack. It hurt.

        • bobbert

          Isn’t that “elected”?

  • DahBoner
  • As someone born with cerebral palsy, I’m a bit confused about how this is a “way of life.” Hmm. Clearly, I do use leg braces and crutches for the cool lifestyle factor. That’s why you see so many wheelchairs and crutches blinged out with gold and diamonds – it’s all for the image.

    • zerosumgame0005

      Old Tom needs him a good shaking, with VOTES of course!

    • AnOuthouse

      All the hipsters i n Brooklyn have crutches these days.

    • bobbert

      You may or may not remember me. If I ever meet Tom Cotton, I probably won’t punch his Adam’s apple out of the back of his throat, but that’s just because I was raised to be polite.

  • Msgr_Moment

    How does this man not have a “Kick Me” sign stapled to his back every workday?

    • bupkus23

      I know the phrase was used in a different context, but Tom Cotton is nothing but a crotch weasel.

  • danteardenz

    This plowbow moron, won a landslide over a long time moderate Democrat in Arkansas ; David Pryor last year
    This is how sick Arkansas politics ,has become.
    A 90 s redux ,the Republicans have only two goals,attacking countries abroad, and the poor at home.
    SSI is about 700 dollars per month .
    It originated with Richard Nixon, a Republican… a remnant of his I’ll fated and excellent ,”Family Assistance ” program .
    This creep Cotton is angling about for an issue to feed the creeps in his Tea Party/ Bybull belt base. …Sheldon Adelson ,and US taxpayers footing his bills.

  • Paperless Tiger

    Attacking the disabled is about as low as you can go. Republicans have the instincts of a pack of wolves. They need to be put down. With votes.

  • Jeff Ackerman

    Did you notice how tight his tie is? Its to keep his foreskin from creeping up.

  • Leema Raven

    This is ‘THE’ Tom Cotton, right? He is still relevant? Serious?

    Has he ever said or accomplished anything that benefited anyone besides himself or the folks that own him?

    All that protien he swallows sure makes his hair look nice though.

  • Vegan and Tiara

    His face is disabled.

    • Dee Andee

      Brain too.

  • Incoming Ham

    Our Tom has discovered correlation = causation!!! No. No it doesn’t Mr. Cotton.

  • Darkrose

    What a fucking tool.

  • Jen_Baker_VA

    I have just decided that I have the sincerely held belief ™ based on the Bible that whenever someone says that a person, down and out for whatever reason, is a faker or a taker, I get to punch them right in the face.
    With or without votes.
    It is my sincerely held religious belief.

    • Dee Andee

      May I join your church? Will there be cookies? :D

    • bobbert

      Do you have a newsletter?

  • So Tom Cotton is taking a break from challenging various Iranian politicians to arm-wrestle?

  • pstockholm

    I have a horrible feeling this guy is going to be on the American Republican ticket in 2024, leading slightly in the polls against a Castro brother VP (GOP abandoned to a teaparty irrelevancy). Combat experience a de facto requirement for national office.

  • Dee Andee

    Something tells me he was hoping to head off any discussion of Senator Warren’s SAVE bill. Rather than admit there’s a problem, instead vilify the poor and make conservative constituents believe any extra monies would only go to drugs. You know they don’t DARE pick on senior citizens or veterans, so the disabled are a safer target.

  • eddi

    The very people who believe this drek are the ones dying.

    “Death rates for white Americans ages 45 to 54 climbed half a percent each year between 1999 and 2013, researchers at Princeton University found using mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the previous two decades, the death rate for this group had dropped by 2% each year. Middle-aged blacks and Hispanics continued to see a 2% annual decline between 1999 and 2013.”
    “Deaths related to drugs, alcohol, suicide and liver disease are the cause of the increase, researchers said.”

  • Jamsie

    Tom’s face is perfect for a dart board. Or punching bag.

    (that man gives me the shivers, and not the good kind)

  • DAK27

    This guy needs to be in Gitmo, not the Senate.

  • Angela Ruzzo

    Jeeze Louise, I have two personal friends who are receiving SSDI because of severe, chronic and well-documented disabilities, and they get $720 per month plus food stamps and Medicaid. This is hardly great wealth. They would both much rather have jobs, which would undoubtedly pay them more than $720 per month. As far as I’m concerned, if ineligible people are getting SSDI, it’s the fault of the people at Social Security who review the cases and approve them.

  • Thomas Hancock

    I didn’t read all of this because it just angries up the blood, and then I have to go score some hardcore drugs to calm down. One of those guys in my dotage that I’d like to meet face to face to describe his c**tishness in detail. I’m on disability from chronic headaches that run the gamut from migraine to cluster, and yeah, I have disposable income to buy anything other than food, rent, and the few prescription painkillers that sorta help. For the illegals, I could use some pot (Colorado is next door), and magic mushrooms, strangely, can prevent the cluster headaches that can make me feel the next day like I’ve had a stroke.

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