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And Now, Academic Fraud?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Mar 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

It is starting to look like those forces that want to undermine, or even vanquish, the Social Security disability program will stop at nothing. The latest tool seems to be academic fraud. In an Op-Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, a "visiting scholar" at George Mason University and a graduate student made absurdly false claims about Social Security disability. (Perhaps the visiting scholar should visit reality, now and again, or even Ethics 101.) Fortunately, Michael Hiltzik in the Los Angeles Times caught them. His expose notes that the Professor and his would-be professor assistant had to go back to 2008 in order to find numbers that support their claims.  The more recent, and readily available, data from Social Security, would show that their positions are false. The "visiting scholar" even suggested that some of the judges with "too high" approval ratings should be removed. That is a rather shocking statement.  It belies a total disregard for the integrity of the judiciary.  The message seems to be: decide cases the way we want them decided, or we will fire you.  That's a great idea.  The "scholar" and his aide also make wild accusations about forum shopping and other practices that are virtually impossible.   
How ironic: The "visiting scholar" gets a salary from taxpayers to sit in his office and tell lies --and then attack other people for being unworthy of government largesse.  
I know that the Wall Street Journal editorial board is laughably, absurdly right-wing. But don't we deserve better from a "visiting scholar" at a university that wants to be taken seriously?

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Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.

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