Canada has a clause in its immigration policy which states:
An applicant may be refused on health grounds – if their condition:
1. is likely to be a danger to public health or public safety, or
2. might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services
If I ever wanted to become a Canadian citizen, I couldn't. My needs, you see, would put excessive demand (read: burden) on taxpayers. Who I am doesn't matter. Why I may need a new home doesn't matter. The bottom line is the dollar. How much I leech, suck up, steal from everyone else.
America doesn't (to my knowledge) have a clause like this to immigrate. But that doesn't mean those who need assistance aren't viewed as nothing. I have been told I should commit suicide to stop taking from others, never mind corporate subsidies often take more from a person's paycheck than what social programs do. I've been told I should have been euthanized when my disability was discovered.
Success is measured by money, thus, so is worth. I am an unbalanced ledger, splattered in red. I am the person requesting ramps beside the stairs. I am the one who smiles when strangers gawk, point, and spit at me.
I am a wife, daughter, sister, friend. I am a writer, certified genius, crafter, and lover of gel pens. I have worked online with newly-disabled veterans to help them transition. I live every day in pain that would incapacitate many people but still want to live to a hundred years of age. I'm an advocate for people of all differences.
I am not yet as successful as I want to be, or am going to be, but I have worth. And if you need green rectangles with dead presidents on them to see it, I'll draw you a damn picture.
There are those who want the world measured on a ledger with clear debts and payments. Karma however, is a trickster, and one should be careful with views like that: all it takes is a twist of fate, and you're in the red.ReplyDelete
I tell people that most will end up where I am and/or have a family member here. I am grateful for a country which doesn't let me die. People just see the free medical care and whatnot and assume I'm living the high life.Delete
Very few people would want to switch places with me.