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Report: Millions of jobless file for disability when unemployment benefits run out (Obama's Fault)
Fox News ^ | 2/19/2012 | fox news

Posted on 02/19/2012 4:34:53 PM PST by tobyhill

Being unemployed for too long reportedly is driving people mad and costing taxpayers billions of dollars in mental illness and other disability claims.

The New York Post reported Sunday that as unemployment checks run out, many jobless are trying to gain government benefits by declaring themselves unhealthy.

More than 10.5 million people -- about 5.3 percent of the population aged 25 and 64 -- received disability checks in January from the federal government, the Post wrote, a 18 percent jump from before the recession.

Among those claiming disability, 43 percent are asking for benefits because of mental illness, the Post wrote. A growing number of those people are older, former white-collar workers.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bhoeconomy; economy; obama; unemployment

1 posted on 02/19/2012 4:34:57 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

They’ve been crippled by government.


2 posted on 02/19/2012 4:36:04 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: tobyhill

Great idea. Because we Constitutional conservatives are routinely labeled as nuts, we’ll automatically qualify for fed handouts without going through that unemployment process.


3 posted on 02/19/2012 4:41:15 PM PST by rfp1234 (RFP's Law: Whoever blames Bush first shall lose the argument.)
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To: tobyhill
The Post noted that the more people file for disability claims, the better for the unemployment picture since those people are removed from the jobless rolls.

Unemployment eventually comes to an end. Disability is forever.

4 posted on 02/19/2012 4:42:34 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: tobyhill

A disability check here in Eastern KY is better than winning on a scratch-off ticket down at the convenience store. The real prize is the “crazy check” for mental disability because you don’t have to keep pretending your back is hurt. The downside is that you don’t get any free oxycontin with your Medicaid card. Not a problem though because are plenty of, ah, oxycontin vendors who will be happy to relieve you of some of your disability check in return for the goodies.


5 posted on 02/19/2012 4:45:38 PM PST by ChoobacKY
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6 posted on 02/19/2012 4:46:11 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: tobyhill
I had heard of this from a phone rep at the WA state unemployment benefits info line just the other day. I was flabbergasted and tried to get her to fess up to pulling my leg.....she was dead serious and said it was very true.

On a side note, I finally got hired a couple days ago after a full year of unemployment....I start tomorrow and I'm so pumped. Won't have to call that line again. :)

7 posted on 02/19/2012 4:46:29 PM PST by thescourged1
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To: thescourged1

Congratulations, and good luck to you!


8 posted on 02/19/2012 4:50:04 PM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much.)
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To: cripplecreek

Maybe I am crazy but I don’t see this unsustainable model having a happy ending. At some point the rest of us are going to rise up, and that is when it gets ugly.


9 posted on 02/19/2012 4:50:17 PM PST by EagleInGA (Mittens & the NJ Fat Man? Really?!?!)
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To: tobyhill
"43 percent are asking for benefits because of mental illness"

Hmmm.....roughly the same as the percentage of the population that votes Democrat.

What a coincidence....

10 posted on 02/19/2012 4:52:35 PM PST by traditional1
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To: thescourged1

Happy bump for you!!


11 posted on 02/19/2012 4:55:15 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: traditional1

I’m starting to believe that we are going to need a Greek Style Crash before some people wake up and realize this system is unsustainable.


12 posted on 02/19/2012 4:59:58 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill
Since this is a duplicate of an article posted earlier today, I won't bore you with another reply.
13 posted on 02/19/2012 5:05:06 PM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: EagleInGA

Not so much that we’re going to rise up as the money for them is going to just run out - at which point THEY are going to rise up in abject desperation, instead of us on principle.


14 posted on 02/19/2012 5:08:16 PM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: cripplecreek

Well said!


15 posted on 02/19/2012 5:25:59 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: tobyhill
Following the pattern of western nanny-state Europe. They have exceptionally high disability rates for the same reason and have had for years.
16 posted on 02/19/2012 5:27:28 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: tobyhill
Galting on a massive scale.

asking for benefits because of mental illness ..growing number of those people are older, former white-collar workers...

Makes sense -- for decades they saw the sweat of thier borws going to low class slobs who were smart enough to claim the "crazy money" which Washington hands out. Time to get soem of the hard earned cash back.

17 posted on 02/19/2012 5:29:09 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: ChoobacKY

Deputy U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens is about to put a stop to the oxy dealin’ in Kentucky. That is one JUSTIFIED bad ass dude.

And so is Reece on PERSON OF INTEREST.


18 posted on 02/19/2012 5:31:45 PM PST by Terry Mross (Difference between a conservative / liberal-obvious. Difference between a rep and a dem? None)
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To: traditional1

I saw on Judge Judy (I know, I know) where one woman in Ca was getting 4k a month in disability. When JJ asked what her disability was, the woman said that her doctor thought she was going to have a nervous breakdown.

And I am missing part of my spine, I have a rod and screws and can hardly walk and I have been denied.


19 posted on 02/19/2012 5:31:45 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: BenLurkin

“Makes sense — for decades they saw the sweat of thier borws going to low class slobs who were smart enough to claim the “crazy money” which Washington hands out. Time to get soem of the hard earned cash back”

Can’t blame them one little bit.


20 posted on 02/19/2012 5:37:29 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: thescourged1

congrats! My hubby’s still temping, but they said they will hire him and have given him some raises. It’s the steadiest income we’ve had in 2+ years...he was unemployed that long and never stopped looking. He had to temp because he was losing his mind not working and even those jobs were hard to come by here...took him 3 months just to get a temp job.

So, we know how you feel!! Good luck!!

Mrs. CT Hillbilly


21 posted on 02/19/2012 5:38:10 PM PST by CT Hillbilly (Thoughts=Words=Actions=Destiny)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

You need to hire a lawyer. The law is they can only collect if you win. Then it’s 25% of the back pay. And don’t hire one of those shysters that advertises on T.V. Hire a local guy who does nothing but SS.


22 posted on 02/19/2012 5:38:28 PM PST by Terry Mross (Difference between a conservative / liberal-obvious. Difference between a rep and a dem? None)
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To: tobyhill

Meanwhile, thousands of degreed, local bureaucrats receive high incomes for doing nothing in the absence of new construction for decades.


23 posted on 02/19/2012 5:47:02 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: tobyhill

Believe it or not, many Americans have stashed $100k, $200k and more. They never knew they were saving the money but the government takes a little out of your paycheck over the years and it is actually earmarked as your private account.

You are paying for this money in the hopes you never have to use but there may be a day and one should absolutely file a claim.

When you die you will not be allowed to pass on this cash to your heirs.

When you retire you will not be given any of the money as part of your retirement.

The government keeps 96% of all monies paid into SDI.

It’s your money and you have a right to it to support you while you are injured and to have the costs of your surgery paid for and it just so happens you are self funding it.

I have no problem with anyone filing and getting back at least some of their money.


24 posted on 02/19/2012 5:56:35 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

You didn’t claim to be one of Eric’s people or have a relative working on the DNC? Foolish girl, how could you reasonably expect to qualify?


25 posted on 02/19/2012 6:33:07 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: Vendome

I have no problem with anyone filing and getting back at least some of their money.

Neither do I; however, I do if it is a fake or non-existent disability.


26 posted on 02/19/2012 6:36:23 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: tobyhill

A friend of mine was one.


27 posted on 02/19/2012 6:43:02 PM PST by digger48
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To: tobyhill

The people who voted for Obama were already crazy, and the rest of us are being driven crazy. The whole country is turning into a nuthouse.


28 posted on 02/19/2012 6:50:57 PM PST by pallis
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This sort of thing really pisses me off, because there are people who need and deserve disability. I've mentioned my cousin here before. Although he was always introverted and just seemed a bit "odd" growing up, he graduated college with a BA in business administration. He worked for a major financial corporation for around 10 years before he was let go for "inappropriate actions." It was only then that he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. Over the years he only got worse... He began taking what ever jobs he could get... He went from working at a pharmacy as a clerk and stocker, to losing that job, and working as a sacker at a grocery store. Eventually he lost that job as well. He lived at home with his mother, and became her primary care giver when she began to suffer from dementia, and that REALLY damaged him emotionally, because she became very abusive towards him.

He is simply incapable of holding anything but the most menial job, and it would have to be arranged by a mental health agency, because no company would ever hire him.

It took him more than 3 years and multiple appeals to finally be certified for disability. This guy worked and payed into the system since he got his first part time job at 13 years of age. He payed into the system until he lost his last job about 8 years ago. He wants to work, but he can barely hold a conversation with some who's not a family member.

It's a shame that the system seems to be rigged against the people who really need the help that system was originally supposed to provide.

Mark

29 posted on 02/19/2012 6:57:40 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: ChoobacKY
Not a problem though because are plenty of, ah, oxycontin vendors who will be happy to relieve you of some of your disability check in return for the goodies.

Oxycontin, pursued illegitimately is its own punishment: no one messes with the Opiate Family and gets out without battle scars.

30 posted on 02/19/2012 7:09:52 PM PST by avenir (I'm pessimistic about man, but I'm optimistic about GOD!)
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31 posted on 02/19/2012 7:47:47 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: tobyhill
A crash is exactly what Obama and the Dems want as they will stridently fight for socialism or even communism. Do you really think the pantywaists in the GOP will make an impassioned defense of the free market? Be careful what you wish for, as the saying goes.
32 posted on 02/19/2012 9:50:32 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (The Chicago Way isn't the American Way.)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

True dat.


33 posted on 02/20/2012 12:14:08 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: rfp1234

“Great idea. Because we Constitutional conservatives are routinely labeled as nuts, we’ll automatically qualify for fed handouts without going through that unemployment process.”

You go, girl. I wonder if I qualify in Israel. Settlers are supposedly all nuts, too. As an American Citizen, I demand my right to a crazy check, and an equivalent benefit from the Israeli government.


34 posted on 02/20/2012 1:26:22 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: MarkL

What a sad story. I hope your cousin is able to get the help he needs.

The system is definitely rigged against those it was intended to help.


35 posted on 02/20/2012 7:28:50 AM PST by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

shop doctors

just like you shop for bargains and clip coupons

not saying its ethical

but it is effective

i hired a laborer. paid legal. taxes and all. he lived with a “disabled” woman. she had a “psych” card. age 23.
permanent disability. unable to work. she got an apartment on “section 8,” food payments, medical benefits, the works. they now have 2 children. big screen TV (60”) cellphones, video game modules, etc. How is this possible? the social worker makes an appointment to visit. my laborer isn’t there. then, he is, when the social worker is gone. why?

everybody involved knows how this works and why. the government is transferring wealth. circulating money. stimulating the economy. promoting domestic tranquility. with all the gifts to the power elites, why not give some to the unfortunates? they vote too.

guess who they will vote for.


36 posted on 02/20/2012 8:26:10 AM PST by kralcmot (my tagline died with Terri)
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To: ChoobacKY

“The real prize is the “crazy check” for mental disability because you don’t have to keep pretending your back is hurt.”

I don’t believe the “crazy check” won’t haunt you down the road in obtaining a gun permit or during a custody battle; I’d be really careful with that one.

Disability fraud came into fashion soon after the Welfare Reform of 1996 (and it spikes during layoffs); for people determined not to work, it just isn’t going to happen.


37 posted on 02/20/2012 9:12:17 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: tobyhill

Walking into a firm and asking to ‘intern’ or work for free and be trained anew to get the new skills needed to get back on one’s feet even while pulling Unempl. benefits is not hard.

Sitting at home blubbering in panic - UNACCEPTABLE.

Vast majority of these people are liars, fools and malingers.


38 posted on 02/20/2012 3:15:07 PM PST by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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To: tobyhill

We absolutely will have a total collapse, what could possibly prevent it? Long ago I read Carlos Castenada’s strange book and I recall “Don Juan” saying that by the time a man realizes that he is on the wrong path that path is ready to kill him. Think about it, it is true and the same goes for nations.


39 posted on 02/21/2012 5:49:17 AM PST by RipSawyer
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To: Vendome

“The government keeps 96% of all monies paid into SDI.”

In the past three years, the Federal Disability Trust Fund has paid out more than it has taken in; figures are in billions of $ from the SSA website

year in out

2009 109.6 118.1
2010 105.5 126.3
2011 106.2 131.5


40 posted on 02/21/2012 7:27:27 AM PST by riverdawg
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To: CaptainK

Unemployment eventually comes to an end.

Disability is forever.”””

The current UNDER-FUNDING of the Social Security Fund by over $100 Billion annually will be further impacted by this shift in funds to the unemployed, which is shifting over to disability.

All of this manipulation will lead to further chaos from our supreme Marxist in the Oval office.

He MUST be removed, along with all his Czars, Justice minions & ACORN activists.


41 posted on 02/21/2012 9:38:40 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: riverdawg

Hmmm.....


42 posted on 02/22/2012 12:43:52 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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