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Disability surge continues as 76K workers are added to rolls in July
Watchdog.org ^ | 08/17/2013 | Eric Boehm

Posted on 08/18/2013 7:45:33 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org

New numbers from the Social Security Administration show more than 76,000 workers were added to the disability insurance program in July.

Since the beginning of 2013, more than 530,000 workers have been added to the Social Security disability program’s rolls. More than 8.9 million Americans are receiving disability benefits through Social Security, with an average benefit of $1,129 per month.

DISABILITY EPIDEMIC: More than 10 million Americans are getting disability payments through Social Security, but the well is running dry.

Adding benefits paid to spouses and children of disabled workers to the mix, the number of recipients totals more than 10.9 million with an average benefit of about $900 per month.

The rapid growth in the disability program – enrollments are up 15 percent since 2009 – is causing concern. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the disability insurance program will be broke as soon as 2018.

“Without legislative action to reduce the DI programs outlays, increase its dedicated federal revenues, or transfer other federal funds to it, the Social Security Administration will not have the legal authority to pay full DI benefits beyond that point,” the CBO concluded in a 2010 analysis of the fund.

Officially, the growth in disability payments is blamed on an aging population.

“The sheer number of baby boomers is going from about 35 million now to about 70 million in a couple of decades,” Doug Nguyen, a Social Security Administration spokesman, told Watchdog.org in July. “So you have the aging of the baby boomers, the overall growth of the working age population and then as the boomers age, they reach their years where they’re more prone to being disabled.”

But with medical advances allowing more people to lead healthy, productive lives than ever before, it is somewhat counter-intuitive to see the roles of disabled workers growing so dramatically.

Some experts say the disability insurance program has become a back door to welfare for some unemployed workers.

The aging of the U.S. population accounts for only 13 percent of the growth in disability payments to men — only 4 percent of the growth in payments to women — according to Mark Duggan and Scott Imberman of the National Bureau for Economic Research.

In a paper published in 2009, Duggan and Imberman determined that the biggest cost-driver of disability payments was not increasing age but the relaxation of medical eligibility requirements.

And the CBO’s projections may turn out to be overly rosy, according to the Social Security Administration’s internal review of the disability program.

On May 31, the Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds, reporting in matter-of-fact fashion that “the DI Trust Fund will become depleted in 2016.”

Some groups, such as the Brookings Institution, have pointed to the sharp increase in disability payments for those with mental ailments such as depression. It’s a trend that dates back to the mid-1980s, when eligibility requirements for the disability program were loosened by Congress.

Meanwhile, there are fewer workers to provide support for those who collect disability.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there were 51 workers for each beneficiary in the disability system in 1968. Today, that ratio is 13-to-1.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: disability

1 posted on 08/18/2013 7:45:33 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Pretty soon everybody will be disabled except a few idiots trying to make it on their own...


2 posted on 08/18/2013 7:52:25 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Before Obama came into office, SSI and SSDI payments made up about 25% of outlays managed by the SSA (SSDI and SSI are not truly SSA funded programs but administered by SSA).

It is no wonder with the 5 million less citizens employed now than was employed before he took over that some of them would figure out how to scam a disability and get paid really well. After all, all that time at home watching TV wasn’t wasted. They were bombarded with disability lawyers advertising on TV that WILL get SSDI for them. Continued unabated SSDI will bankrupt state UIC funds and they will be part of the biggest drain on our eternal US budget in the form of entitlements.

This is a freight train barreling down the tracks at 200 MPH and it will not stop until there is no more track (i.e., this country is totally, irrevocably depleted of resources.)


3 posted on 08/18/2013 7:54:34 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s all going to end sooner or later. Yeah. It does kind of irk me that I spent 22 years going to some pretty crappy places in service to the country to earn my military pension, while all manner of frauds, cheats, and layabouts get what I get for having done nothing. I guess I was a fool for serving.


4 posted on 08/18/2013 7:54:48 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Rutro. What happens when the shewolf's Capitoline teats run dry?



I expect she, or her Capo di tutti capi, will eat the suckers alive.
5 posted on 08/18/2013 7:55:29 AM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Citizenship is overrated and it’s fast becoming true that you are a fool for working for a living or trying to start a business.


6 posted on 08/18/2013 7:56:13 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wouldn’t that be “76,000 non-workers,” since they’re “disabled”?


7 posted on 08/18/2013 8:00:29 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
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To: Little Ray

I had an acquaintance who upon separation of svc got himself a “disability” rating because he snored.

http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&q=cappos&fb=1&gl=us&hl=en&sa=N&tab=lw#bav=on.2,or.r_qf&gl=us&hl=en&q=sleep+apnea+veteran+disability

He was really proud of having gamed the system so, the L.I.F.E.R. POS.


8 posted on 08/18/2013 8:00:59 AM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Some of this is probably because there is such an abundance of unemployed people with no physical disabilities. Most people with disabilities can adapt to some form of work, but the employer has to need their services.

This is yet another reason to send invaders back to their homelands.

9 posted on 08/18/2013 8:01:24 AM PDT by grania
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To: Little Ray

Disability, food stamps, etc. Sounds like Cloward-Piven at work.

http://confoundedinterest.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/whats-in-your-safe-declining-household-income-share-of-entitlements-at-607k/


10 posted on 08/18/2013 8:02:34 AM PDT by whitedog57
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To: Little Ray
Pretty soon everybody will be disabled except a few idiots trying to make it on their own...

Anyone voting for Obama automatically qualifies for disability based on their demonstrated inability to reason and lack of mental acuity.


11 posted on 08/18/2013 8:03:38 AM PDT by Iron Munro (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize - Voltaire)
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To: headstamp 2

In many instances disability is closely tied to disabling America. In those cases the “disabled” are willing partners with the America-hating First Clown, nobama. Prison should be their address.


12 posted on 08/18/2013 8:04:53 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: SeekAndFind

The increase in the numbers of “disabled” and the increase in people working less than 30 hours per week is how the head Oliar and his lying thugs are keeping the number of job seekers down.


13 posted on 08/18/2013 8:05:02 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Obozo and his thugs in his outhouse lie 24/7/365. They are unable to tell the truth.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Took me nearly 4 years to get it with literally binders full of docs, multiple surgeries and the rest. AKA, legitimately.

I was told by one worher the simple truth. “Wrong color”.


14 posted on 08/18/2013 8:06:05 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: TArcher
A kid I knew in the 8th grade dropped out and worked in a road construction crew in the summer. He claimed to have fallen from a wheel loader and hurt his back.
He's been on disability since 1964.
15 posted on 08/18/2013 8:06:27 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: SeekAndFind

If conservatives were smart we would run a candidate who concentrated solely on the economy and states rights, vowing to avoid trying to legislate morality. Let the states handle the morality; take power away from the feds and return it to the state level where it belongs. Fix the economy before we become a 3rd world country. There’s not much time left, people.


16 posted on 08/18/2013 8:06:50 AM PDT by Nita Nupress ( Use your mind, not your emotions. Refuse to be manipulated by Marxists!)
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To: SeekAndFind

handing it out like candy on Halloween


17 posted on 08/18/2013 8:08:25 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SeekAndFind

Growing the Nanny State : /


18 posted on 08/18/2013 8:10:13 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Well, just think of all the government “jobs” he’s created for the servicing of his needs.


19 posted on 08/18/2013 8:11:45 AM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: SeekAndFind
The sickening thing is that one of those "workers" is Jesse Jackson, Jr., who will be collecting almost 9,000 dollars a MONTH for his supposed "disability". He was conveniently diagnosed as "bi-polar" shortly after being charged with misuse of campaign funds.

Next, no doubt, will be the hero/heroine of The Left, Bradley Manning, who recently "disclosed" his "gender indentity" issues.

20 posted on 08/18/2013 8:12:50 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: SeekAndFind

THE DEMOCRAT PLAN

1 - Overload Social Security with the bogus disabled and illegals until it is ready to collapse

2 - Claim Social Security is Broken (anything democrats don’t like or that doesn’t extort enough in taxes is “broken”)

3 - Pass a 2,000 page “comprehensive” Social Security reform law written by lobbyists and unread by anyone in government

4 - Act shocked and dismayed when they discover the law just increases taxes, spending and government control without “fixing” anything


21 posted on 08/18/2013 8:13:16 AM PDT by Iron Munro (To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize - Voltaire)
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To: Nita Nupress
vowing to avoid trying to legislate morality.

Yea, let's start by doing away with laws based on, "thou shalt not steal" and "Thou shalt not murder".

The easy ones.

22 posted on 08/18/2013 8:15:02 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (When America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: TArcher

TArcher: “He was really proud of having gamed the system so, the L.I.F.E.R. POS.”

You make a good point. Many military veterans claim disability when they aren’t really disabled, too. It’s legal, but it’s dishonorable. That’s the way these programs work. People develop a mindset that if the rules let them claim something, then they’ll claim it. They forget that other people have to make a living to pay for it.

Disability payments are justified for those who are truly disabled in the line of duty. I figure the country owes a G.I. who gets one or both legs (or worse) blown off in Fallujah. The problem is all the other dishonorable veterans who are claiming every possible ailment or discomfort, many that are clearly not service related. I’m sure civilian disability is even worse.

All of these programs need a very, very hard look.


23 posted on 08/18/2013 8:15:08 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Look our side needs to stand up and insist on American companies returning American jobs, to America.

We have no leg to stand on about American jobs, when our companies are firing Americans, and sending our jobs to foreign countries.

We have been exporting American jobs now for an entire generation.

CHINA now exports more than America. And is growing.

Quit whining about Democrats and unemployment, until we as Republicans stop exporting American jobs.

BRING BACK AMERICAN JOBS.


24 posted on 08/18/2013 8:16:04 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Nita Nupress

Quack, Waddle - oh look a Fiscally “Conthervative” rainbow duck.

The economy can take care of itself without Mussolini’s Corporatist merger of State and Commerce.

The only legitimate purpose of American government is the securing of the inalienable rights of the governed; especially the right of the Individual to contradict the errors of the rainbow mob who would rule over him. Period.


25 posted on 08/18/2013 8:16:18 AM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Since the beginning of 2013, more than 530,000 workers have been added to the Social Security disability program’s rolls. More than 8.9 million Americans are receiving disability benefits through Social Security, with an average benefit of $1,129 per month.

This is Cloward-Piven working as advertised. Obama's planned economic destruction of the country to prepare for a Marxist takeover..

26 posted on 08/18/2013 8:22:25 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Balding_Eagle

We already did that on the right. See record of last Presidential candidate for details. See also the dupport he got drive house and senate Republicans to embrace more of his positions than they had prior to his run.

Then see people still making excuses for it.


27 posted on 08/18/2013 8:23:36 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Texas Eagle
[Next, no doubt, will be the hero/heroine of The Left, Bradley Manning, who recently "disclosed" his "gender indentity" issues. ]

It goes along with being forced to pay for their infertility treatments.

http://www.google.com/#bav=on.2,or.r_qf&q=Insurance+homosexual+infertility
 

28 posted on 08/18/2013 8:25:24 AM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: SeekAndFind

If I understand correctly, once one has been accepted onto the rolls of the subsidized disabled, the only way to be removed is to show an improvement in whatever condition lead to the judgement of disability.


29 posted on 08/18/2013 8:25:45 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: CitizenUSA

[I figure the country owes a G.I. who gets one or both legs (or worse) blown off in Fallujah.]

Amen. God bless those who serve and sacrifice.

But, the intact (but typically morbidly obese) DV con-artists and dykes climbing down from their 4x4 Lexus jackwagons in disabled parking spots — not so much.


30 posted on 08/18/2013 8:31:40 AM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: TArcher

“I had an acquaintance who upon separation of svc got himself a “disability” rating because he snored.”

Please do not take this wrong folks. Have been wondering for a long time with the rise of PTSD over the years how many veterans are now drawing disability along with the VA benefits. When I was still working in LE in a city with a large VA most veterans I dealt with would tell me they suffered from PTSD and were drawing a check. Just wondering.


31 posted on 08/18/2013 8:37:34 AM PDT by animal172 (My new hero....Trey Gowdy)
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To: TArcher

“I had an acquaintance who upon separation of svc got himself a “disability” rating because he snored.”

Please do not take this wrong folks. Have been wondering for a long time with the rise of PTSD over the years how many veterans are now drawing disability along with the VA benefits. When I was still working in LE in a city with a large VA most veterans I dealt with would tell me they suffered from PTSD and were drawing a check. Just wondering.


32 posted on 08/18/2013 8:37:56 AM PDT by animal172 (My new hero....Trey Gowdy)
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To: animal172

Amazing. I hit the post one time and my message posted twice.


33 posted on 08/18/2013 8:38:47 AM PDT by animal172 (My new hero....Trey Gowdy)
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To: Norm Lenhart

I tried several times, too. Even went to a disability attorney for help. They said that because my diagnosis wasn’t on “the list”, I’d never get it approved.

I was lucky. Last February I found an employer willing to work with me. I’m mute, with a bad back and a messed-up shoulder. My current job involves listening to calls at a call center and grading the agents. The job interview was awkward, but I made it!


34 posted on 08/18/2013 9:01:32 AM PDT by Ellendra ("Laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt." -Tacitus)
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To: Ellendra

Good got you! Just to clarify, it was almost 4 years WITH an attorney. Chrons disease for me with a bunch of permanent steroid damage.

Docs gave me a choice when I was a teenager. Take the roids and maybe have a functional life (thankfully I did) but I’d pay for it when I got older (I am) or suffer a LOT. I went with option one.

They are nasty things in high doses. But at least I spent many productive years and don’t regret it. More than many can say.


35 posted on 08/18/2013 9:13:26 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: TArcher

I had an acquaintance who upon separation of svc got himself a “disability” rating because he snored.

http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&q=cappos&fb=1&gl=us&hl=en&sa=N&tab=lw#bav=on.2,or.r_qf&gl=us&hl=en&q=sleep+apnea+veteran+disability

He was really proud of having gamed the system so, the L.I.F.E.R. POS.

**
This goes on every single day among newly retired military officers. We know several of the same type ...disability for an old football injury, snoring, etc. They are ALL going for it and totally gaming the system, and yes, they are PROUD of it! It’s disgusting.

I refused to allow my husband to apply for any of it ...he will receive his retirement, which he EARNED, and nothing else. The “gamers” ought to be ashamed of themselves ...but this is the type of military we’ve cultivated over the years. It’s more about the BENNIES and the post rewards than the service.


36 posted on 08/18/2013 9:52:59 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: Iron Munro
No worries. Congressional Republicans are going to fix this.

What?

Oh!

Nevermind. Sigh.

37 posted on 08/18/2013 10:20:46 AM PDT by Thom Pain (U.S. Constitution is a CONTRACT! : $70 TRILLION unfunded...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dam these parasitic scum.


38 posted on 08/18/2013 11:47:14 AM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: SeekAndFind

how can they process 70,000 + in one month while the VA has a 2 year backlog?


39 posted on 08/18/2013 12:35:22 PM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: LibsRJerks

[They are ALL going for it and totally gaming the system, and yes, they are PROUD of it! It’s disgusting.]

I was told they’re counseled on separation to do so.

Makes ya wonder what kind of crooked life they lead afterwards in business or civil service.

Here’s an example:

http://www.4thjudicialda.com/MostWanted/PDF/Stanley_Ronald.pdf


40 posted on 08/18/2013 2:04:39 PM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
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To: LibsRJerks

There’s nothing honorable about veterans who seek disability payments that they haven’t rightly earned. I don’t care if the system allows them to apply for it. I’m talking about moral right or wrong.

I like to think many military retirees are honorable people, but government programs encourage people to participate. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received letters asking for me to register with the VA and apply for disabilities. They even harped on that during my mandatory retirement briefings. Nevertheless, I REFUSE to take disability.

I earned my pension. I’m not going to ask my fellow citizens to pay for assorted health issues that could certainly qualify but aren’t directly related (in my opinion) to my military service. There are other retirees like me, but I bet we are a very small minority.

I know a guy who nearly smoked himself to death, BY CHOICE, while on active duty and now expects us all to pay for his COPD. He takes great pride in his veteran status as well as his disability placard. If you ask me, it’s dishonorable—a discredit to military service—for a veteran to take advantage of these things, especially when limited dollars should more rightly be going to veterans who were injured in the line of duty, like by hostile fire or IEDs.

Of course, it’s even more outrageous that a welfare mom can make as much for having a child as I earned by serving the country. I could argue wealth redistribution is inherently immoral, but even if I was for government handouts, I’d want them to only go to those who truly deserve them. If we don’t change these programs soon, the blood sucking layabouts and leaches will drain this country dry!


41 posted on 08/18/2013 8:50:14 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: LibsRJerks

There’s nothing honorable about veterans who seek disability payments that they haven’t rightly earned. I don’t care if the system allows them to apply for it. I’m talking about moral right or wrong.

I like to think many military retirees are honorable people, but government programs encourage people to participate. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received letters asking for me to register with the VA and apply for disabilities. They even harped on that during my mandatory retirement briefings. Nevertheless, I REFUSE to take disability.

I earned my pension. I’m not going to ask my fellow citizens to pay for assorted health issues that could certainly qualify but aren’t directly related (in my opinion) to my military service. There are other retirees like me, but I bet we are a very small minority.

I know a guy who nearly smoked himself to death, BY CHOICE, while on active duty and now expects us all to pay for his COPD. He takes great pride in his veteran status as well as his disability placard. If you ask me, it’s dishonorable—a discredit to military service—for a veteran to take advantage of these things, especially when limited dollars should more rightly be going to veterans who were injured in the line of duty, like by hostile fire or IEDs.

Of course, it’s even more outrageous that a welfare mom can make as much for having a child as I earned by serving the country. I could argue wealth redistribution is inherently immoral, but even if I was for government handouts, I’d want them to only go to those who truly deserve them. If we don’t change these programs soon, the blood sucking layabouts and leaches will drain this country dry!


42 posted on 08/18/2013 8:51:18 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: TArcher

TArcher: “I was told they’re counseled on separation to do so.”

Yes, and the letters from the VA don’t stop after retirement either. It’s almost as though they’re paid for every $ they give out. Military disability is a major scam. There are many folks collecting it who are clearly NOT disabled, and even more who are disabled through their own life choices—not related to their military duties. However, it’s far from the only government program being scammed.


43 posted on 08/18/2013 8:55:30 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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