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Obama is Scamming the Disabled
Townhall.com ^ | May 12, 2012 | John Ransom

Posted on 05/12/2012 4:56:13 AM PDT by Kaslin

I have to credit our own Mike Shedlock for writing about how Obama’s been able to drive down the topline unemployment number even though unemployment remains as a big problem today as it has ever been.

I’m often reluctant to piggy back on a contributor’s work, but when something is really newsworthy, I think it’s justified.

Yesterday Mish pointed out that:

In the last year, the civilian population rose by 3,638,000. Yet the labor force only rose by 945,000. Those not in the labor force rose by 2,693,000.

In the last month, actual employment fell by 169,000, but the unemployment rate dropped by .1%.

That is an amazing "achievement" to say the least.

How did Obama do this magic trick of moving unemployment from a high of 10 percent to 8.1 percent without adding, you know, jobs?

Well according to Shedlock, economists at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley say that those on Social Security Disability (SSDI) checks have risen by about 2.2 million.

People who qualify for SSDI are automatically excluded from the workforce, meaning that you can actually have an economy losing jobs while technically the unemployment rate will go down as more people received disability benefits and are subtracted from the workforce.

Social Security Disability is a picture perfect program scam for the Obama administration. It allows Obama to say that unemployment is going down, while adding to the rolls of people who are dependent on some sort of Democrat-Party enabled government assistance.

Prior to these revelations, I had thought that the country’s workforce was shrinking because persistent joblessness was causing people to stop looking for work. In other words, I though it was just another example of Obama’s economic incompetence.

I’m not ruling out incompetence completely, but when the administration has a vested interest in allowing fraud to happen by turning a blind eye, they act like caravan stuck in a sand storm, especially if it adds more potential voters to the dole.

And what’s worse, the damage done to the economy by this type of fraud - and to the legitimately disabled who need the benefits- will take generation to fix.

Because, while joblessness can be reversed with some sensible economic policies, adding to the disability rolls creates permanent damage to the economy from which the country will not recover in generations.

Writes Bloomberg.com:


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: disability; disabled; economy; employment; jobs; socialsecurity; ssdi
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1 posted on 05/12/2012 4:56:19 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Anyone who believes ANY numbers that come out of this administration is a fool.


2 posted on 05/12/2012 4:58:17 AM PDT by CMailBag
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To: Kaslin

“...while joblessness can be reversed with some sensible economic policies, adding to the disability rolls creates permanent damage to the economy from which the country will not recover in generations. “

Yep. So what we are doing, to put it succinctly, is to enslave a significant portion of the population and pass their parasitism along to our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to pay for and to suffer the accompanying social ills. Great.


3 posted on 05/12/2012 5:31:38 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: CMailBag
Anyone who believes ANY numbers that come out of this administration is a fool.

I remember when the old Soviet Union used to publish the numbers about how successful their 5 year plans were. More food, more tractors, more everything and the people stood around looking at the empty shelves and wondering where it all was.

4 posted on 05/12/2012 6:23:00 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Kaslin

Fraud is rampant, but if you asked the average American to name a corrupt country they would never name the USA.


5 posted on 05/12/2012 6:25:56 AM PDT by wrencher
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To: Don Corleone
I remember when the old Soviet Union used to publish the numbers about how successful their 5 year plans were. More food, more tractors, more everything and the people stood around looking at the empty shelves and wondering where it all was.

That reminds me of a joke that went around when I was in college in the 60's: The US and USSR had a car race where each country raced its fastest car. The US, of course, won the race. But Pravda reported the results as "The USSR participated in an international automobile competition. The USSR came in second place, and the US was second-to-last" conveniently omitting how many cars were actually in race.

6 posted on 05/12/2012 6:32:46 AM PDT by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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To: Kaslin

Gender confusion......dress up like a baby......your partner receives benefits for taking care of you......


7 posted on 05/12/2012 7:12:40 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: RightField

Nowadays you are far more likely to get truth about the USA from Pravda than from our own so-called mainstream media.


8 posted on 05/12/2012 10:48:55 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Kaslin.


9 posted on 05/13/2012 3:53:46 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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