Not EVERYONE who gets SSI is a cheat, liar, lazy, or a fraud.
I have a 9-year-old daughter who has a developmental delay. She can’t talk, isn’t potty-traind (Lord knows, we’ve tried), and it’s not likely that she will ever get better. We get an SSI check for her and her upkeep.
I guaran-damn-tee you I am a hard-working individual who is quite thankful that we receive this small assistance. it sickens me to no end when I read about those who abuse the system because it makes it that much harder on those of us who do not. Believe me...no one wants to see the system cleaned up more than I do.
The problem is that you can’t “clean up the system” without reformatting human nature. “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature,” as the saying goes. When you pay for something, - whether it’s disability, unmarried parenthood, or being a victimized black “farmer,” - you’re going to create more of whatever makes money.
The only system that would fundamentally reduce the incidence of fraud would be one in which people spent their own money to help those they judged to be truly in need. And before you say nobody would do that, of course they do, with their friends, relatives, neighbors, church congregations, and people they never met in countries without flush toilets. All the time. Billions.