Jan 3, 2006

Media Attention to Grid Regs Proposal

The Philadelphia Inquirer is the first traditional media outlet to have any reporting on Social Security's proposal to increase the age categories in the grid regulations by two years, a proposal that will cut disability benefits by almost $6 billion over ten years. The piece by Mark Alan Hughes criticizes the proposal on the grounds that it will have a disproportionate effect upon African Americans. Perhaps a more accurate criticism is that the proposal affects blue collar America almost exclusively and African Americans are a disproportionate part of blue collar America.

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