The Disability Disaster
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  • dearieme

    You can’t literally bankrupt a program, can you? It’s just another out-of-control government expenditure heading, isn’t it?

  • Steve Smith

    Once, the American Dream consisted of owning a family farm. No longer would the family be subject to the whims of sharecroppers or banks calling in mortgage notes.

    Then as the population centers grew and corporations took on the role of feeding the nation, family farms became impractical. As such, the American Dream became home ownership in a suburb. No longer did one need to milk a cow when a milkman could bring fresh milk everyday for a small fraction of one’s corporate pay.

    But then the corporations began feed on themselves. No longer could one expect their grandchildren to remain close to home. Competition transferred some of the home-owning American Dreamers from place to place like itinerant lettuce pickers. Some towns dried up and the value of the American home fell. No longer did grandkids have any prospects for “good jobs” and the next American Dream was born.

    To be declared disabled.

  • Kenny

    You see, a program was made with good intentions, and the slugs rushed in with their hands out.

  • Huggy

    This has been a reoccurring problem for hundreds if not thousands of years. Various solutions have been tried with mixed success. Painful but necessary adjustments will happen but each solution will go through the normal political process. Some combination of voting, rioting, war, threats, and intimidation.

  • Non Omnis Moriar

    “At Via Meadia we want to hear more from politicians about how to make government work”

    Frankly, politicians are the reason government doesn’t work.

  • Some Sock Puppet

    I’m one of the broken toys whose last and only hope was to go on disability. If I lose this I’ll try and go back to work. But I don’t really see much of a future there with how badly everything’s been going.

    I should have been on it decades ago, but I didn’t have that mindset. I was one of the first of the “ADD males” to be medicated into obedience by demand of the school. I assure you, it has consequences. Massive doses of Amphetamines over 3 years led to 100 lbs of weight loss and multiple suicide attempts. They fried my brain.

    I just kept trying new jobs over and over and inevitably something would go wrong and I’d break down and wonder how I was going to provide for my wife.

    Lyme’s laid my physical capabilities low. I’m a large man, I used to be strong as an ox, which made up for other problems. I could always find manual labor. But then the illegals flooded the markets.

    The Lyme’s also played havoc with my mind. My memory is shot. Where I was a wunderkind with computers, I now struggle to get by.

    Anyway, all that to say this. This program is my only hope of having something, anything to cover medications that make life bearable.

    I have more to give this world. To leave it a little better than when I found it. I know I do. I just need the time to get there. I want to help fix this country. I volunteer. I attend church. I love my wife and support her as best I can. I struggle to get us independent from the grid as we live near NYC.

    And I’m a fiscal conservative. I believe these programs do some good, but they need to be managed properly and be sustainable. I’m now on my third round of discussing with SSD that I have never been on workers comp while collecting SSD payments. This is taken care of every six months, but then it resurfaces. It is tiresome, wasteful, stressful, and just plain stuck on stupid. I wait on hold with central SSA phone for a minimum of 30 minutes every time I call.

    If I call the local office it’s 30 minutes plus before someone just picks up the phone and hangs up, starting it all over again.

    Oddly enough, the people who talk about the sustanability of nature and how the earth can’t go on forever have no problem running the government on the opposite model.

  • Jbird

    Just further proof that the government (at least the Federal Government) shouldn’t be in the business of charity. Seems to me local and religious charities would be better positioned to determine who “deserves” charity and who doesn’t. That may seem heartless and it’s ripe for it’s own abuses, but indiscriminate, centrally planned charity provide perverse motivations and will bankrupt the government.

  • Roy

    Disability is one of the most necessary parts of the whole SS system, I know it is much abused, but if you are going to have any single entitlement this is it. You can plan your retirement, this won’t be gotten rid of, for every abuse case their will be a case that is truly heartbreaking.

  • Aliceandthechesirecat

    Spending on Pentagon projects account for almost half of what we spend as a nation. The Social Security system is by law self funding and required to remain solvent. We don’t need to spend, as we have been spending on the military industrial complex in order to maintain a secure nation. We should cut pentagon spending in order to ensure domestic stability by bolstering our safety nets. It would help is the obstructionist [obscene epithet denoting contemptuous view of Tea Party deleted– ed] House would realize that what it is doing in obstructing the jobs bill is tantamount to treason, and as good Americans they should stop plotting to destroy America. For now they are the ENEMY of this great state of ours.

  • tsotha

    Spending on Pentagon projects account for almost half of what we spend as a nation.

    This is wrong. Defense actually comes to about 20% of federal government outlays.

  • steve smith

    “social security is self sustaining”


    I thought I was sustaining it. The average 65 year old is forty-five times wealthier than the average 35 year old. So go ahead and hate the tea party, even if the Democrats continue to support the most regressive tax in the history of the United States, “Social Security as we know it.”

    T. Boone Pickens once remarked that the energy trade deficit was the largest wealth transfer in the history of the world. I don’t know the amount of wealth transferred to the current Winnebago generation, but it’s got to be a close second to the Saudis.

  • FrancisChalk

    SSDI is rife with fraud as is everything related to “the disabled.” How many parking slots reserved for “the disabled” are there in a mormal paking lot? And how many times do we see what appears to be totally non-disabled people using these “handicapped” parking slots? The whole “disabled” thing is 99% dishonest and 1% honest.

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