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5.4 Million Join Disability Rolls Under Obama
INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | 04/20/2012 | JOHN MERLINE

Posted on 04/22/2012 2:17:58 PM PDT by daniel1212

A record 5.4 million workers and their dependents have signed up to collect federal disability checks since President Obama took office, according to the latest official government data, as discouraged workers increasingly give up looking for jobs and take advantage of the federal program.

More than 5 million people have been jobless for 27 weeks or more, nearly twice the previous high set in 1983, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Since the recession ended in June 2009, the number of new enrollees to Social Security’s disability insurance program is twice the job growth figure.

In just the first four months of this year, 539,000 joined the disability rolls and more than 725,000 put in applications. As a result, by April there were a total of 10.8 million people on disability, according to Social Security Administration data released this week.

Even after accounting for all those who've left the program — about 700,000 drop out each year, mainly because they hit retirement age or died — that's up 53% from a decade ago.

...the explosive growth in enrollment is not only increasing the financial strain on the Social Security Disability Insurance trust fund — which is scheduled to go bankrupt in 2018 — it's boosting costs for Medicare as well, since SSDI enrollees can qualify for Medicare after two years. SSDI now accounts for more than 16% of Social Security's budget and more than 15% of Medicare's.

The main causes of this broader trend, according to a study by economists David Autor and Mark Duggan, are the loosening of eligibility rules by Congress in 1984, the rise in disability benefits relative to wages, and the fact that more women have entered the workforce, making them eligible for disability.

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KEYWORDS: entitlements; socialsecurity; ssi; welfare
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Under the 8 year Presidency of George W. Bush, the gross public debt increased from $5.7 trillion in January 2001 to $10.7 trillion by December 2008. Under President Barack Obama, the debt increased from $10.7 trillion in 2008 to $15.5 trillion by February 2012. — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_public_debt#History

The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that 45 million people in 2011 received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] benefits, a 70% increase from 2007. The

CBO projected that one in seven U.S. residents received food stamps last year. - http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2012/04/19/food-stamp-rolls-to-grow-through-2014-cbo-says/?mod=e2tw

In 1988, there were 4.46 million SSI recipients. In 2011, there are 8 million.

What is SSI? The SSI program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. It also pays benefits to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits. SSI is a federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues, not Social Security taxes.

The SSI program for children was created mainly for those with severe physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and blindness. But benefits now go primarily to indigent children with behavioral, learning and mental conditions. “This [SSI] has become the new welfare,” said MIT economics professor David Autor.

The original intent of SSI was well intended. But, as with all federal assistance programs, scam artists horned in, particularly in the “disabled” child area. SSI is known as “crazy money” since one must “act crazy” to receive it. Oftentimes several people in the same household, adults and children, collect SSI checks. Easy-to-fake learning, behavioral, and mental disorders are the most common “disabilities,” especially among children, who comprise 55 percent of all cases. More than half who go on SSI as a child, requalify as adults. SSI recipients are not required to get treatment for their or their children’s disabilities.

The SSI program for children is rapidly expanding, with the biggest increase among kids with mental, behavioral and learning disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), speech delays, autism and bipolar disorder.

The attraction of up to $700 a month in payments, and the near-automatic Medicaid coverage that comes with SSI approval, leads some families to count on a child’s remaining classified as disabled, even as his/her condition may be improving. http://floppingaces.net/2011/11/21/ssi-the-new-welfare-exempt-from-trigger-cuts-reader-post/

Agriculture Department statistics show that the number of food stamp recipients has increased 44 percent, to 46.2 million in October 2011, from 32 million in January 2009, when Mr. Obama took office, increasing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from $33 billion in fiscal year 2007 to $75.3 billion in fiscal year 2011. Nearly half of food stamp recipients are under age 18. Nearly 30 percent of food stamp households have earned income. Politics, New York Times Saturday, April 21, 2012 (http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/16/south-carolina-debate-fact-check)

The amount of money the federal government hands out in direct payments increased 32% during first three years of Mr. Obama's Presidency.

49% of people live in homes where at least one person gets a federal benefit (Social Security, food stamps, unemployment insurance, worker’s compensation, or subsidized housing) up 44% from the year before Obama took office. http://patriotupdate.com/17823/food-stamps-up-45-federal-handouts-up-32

From United States Government Accountability Office, Statement of Daniel Bertoni, Director Education, Workforce, and Income Security, October 27, 2011:

Last year the Social Security Administration paid almost $50 billion in SSI benefits. from the end of 1989 through 1996, the number of children receiving SSI benefits more than tripled from 265,000 to about 955,000.

SSA data show the number of child applicants with mental impairments increased 60 percent between fiscal year 2000 and fiscal year 2010, while the total number of SSI child beneficiaries with mental impairments on the rolls grew 52 percent from 543,000 to 827,000. In fiscal year 2010, about 62 percent of all SSI child applicants had a mental impairment as a primary diagnosis, and about 67 percent of those applicants were medically approved for benefits.

The number of children found to be medically eligible for SSI due to speech and language delay nearly tripled between fiscal years 2000 to 2010.

As of December 2010, the average monthly child benefit was $597. All but five states and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands supplement federal SSI benefits with additional payments.

ADD/ADHD represent the single largest primary diagnostic group, and the number of children found to be medically eligible because of ADD/ADHD increased by more than 100 percent, even though the majority of ADD/ADHD applications over the years have been medically denied.

Adults are considered disabled if they are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity by reason of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment expected to result in death or last at least 12 months. 42 U.S.C. § 1382c(a)(3)(A).

DDS officials reported that they rely on a combination of key medical and nonmedical information—such as medical records, prescribed medications, school records, and teacher and parent assessments—in determining a child’s medical eligibility.

Prior work has shown that accurately diagnosing some types of mental impairments is a complex and often subjective process for SSA, which can sometimes be vulnerable to fraud and abuse. [Should their claims be denied, claimants can pursue several layers of appeal; 80 percent of appeals are now ultimately successful. (CATO, 1995]

DDS examiners told us that they do not routinely receive information on multiple siblings receiving SSI benefits within the same household even though they are directed to be alert for such cases. Based on our interviews, it appears that SSA field offices do not consistently notify DDS examiners when an applicant’s siblings are already receiving SSI benefits, nor are they always made aware of concurrent sibling applications.

SSA is required to review the medical eligibility every 3 years of all children recipients under age 18 whose impairments are likely to improve, but preliminary work shows that SSA has conducted significantly fewer CDRs [Continuing Disability Reviews] for children receiving SSI benefits in recent years, including those with mental impairments. Between fiscal years 2000 and 2010, childhood CDRs for those recipients under age 18 and age 18 redeterminations overall suffered a than 38 percent decrease.

As of August 1, 2011, SSA had not yet conducted CDRs for about 434,000 SSI recipients under age 18 with mental impairments who had reached their scheduled CDR date (see fig. 8).33 Of these recipients, about 343,000 (79 percent) had exceeded the scheduled date by at least a year, with about 205,000 (47percent) exceeding their date by 3 years and 24,400 (6 percent) exceeding by 6 years.

Mental Disorders for Children under Age 18

Organic mental disorders: Abnormalities in perception, cognition, affect, or behavior associated with dysfunction of the brain...

Schizophrenic, delusional (paranoid), schizoaffective, and other psychotic disorders: Onset of psychotic features, characterized by a marked disturbance of thinking, feeling, and behavior, with deterioration from a previous level of functioning or failure to achieve the expected level of social functioning.

Mood disorders: Characterized by a disturbance of mood (referring to a prolonged emotion that colors the whole psychic life, generally involving either depression or elation), accompanied by a full or partial manic or depressive syndrome.

Mental retardation: Characterized by significantly sub-average general intellectual functioning with deficits in adaptive functioning.

Anxiety disorders: In these disorders, anxiety is either the predominant disturbance or is experienced if the individual attempts to master symptoms; e.g., confronting the dreaded object or situation in a phobic disorder, attempting to go to school in a separation anxiety disorder,

Somatoform, eating, and tic disorders:

Personality disorders: Manifested by pervasive, inflexible, and maladaptive personality traits...

Psychoactive substance dependence disorders: Manifested by a cluster of cognitive, behavioral, and physiologic symptoms that indicate impaired control of psychoactive substance use with continued use of the substance despite adverse consequences.

Autistic disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders:

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Manifested by developmentally inappropriate degrees of inattention, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity.

Developmental and emotional disorders of newborn and younger infants (birth to attainment of age 1): Developmental or emotional disorders of infancy are evidenced by a deficit or lag in the areas of motor, cognitive/communicative, or social functioning. (http://waysandmeans.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Daniel_Bertoni_Testimony_1127.pdf) Contact: Website: www.gao.gov/fraudnet/fraudnet.htm E-mail: fraudnet@gao.gov Automated answering system: (800) 424-5454 or (202) 512-7470

From a 1995 CATO study:

SSI is a welfare program, an open-ended entitlement program for low-income aged, blind, and disabled persons. SSI is administered by a social insurance agency, the Social Security Administration (SSA), because that agency runs a previously established social insurance entitlement program, DI, for disabled workers and their dependents.

SSI and DI were not features of the original Social Security Act of 1935. SSI was originally sold on the basis of primarily helping the aged, but nearly two-thirds of the recipients today are persons under age 65. [1995]

SSI and DI are supposed to be programs for people with permanent disabilities, but the law defines permanent to include conditions expected to last as little as 12 months.

Partially in response to congressional mandates, SSA was spending roughly $8 million a year by 1995 to find new beneficiaries. (http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-224.html)

1 posted on 04/22/2012 2:18:02 PM PDT by daniel1212
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To: daniel1212

When people can’t find work, they seek out disability.


2 posted on 04/22/2012 2:19:51 PM PDT by pallis
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To: daniel1212
Ping. The above expenditures are part of the ongoing cost of the war against God, in lives, souls - and money. More:
3 posted on 04/22/2012 2:22:04 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a damned+morally destitute sinner,+trust Him to forgive+save you,+live....)
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To: daniel1212

This is why 46% say they intend to vote for Barack the Kenyan. They’ve got a government check coming in and don’t have to work. They could care less about jobs and the economy. They don’t intend to ever work again anyway.


4 posted on 04/22/2012 2:25:51 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (It's time for the 47% to start paying their "fair share" of income taxes.)
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To: pallis

That’s was it says, but as they were able to work, this shows that SSI is becoming extended unemployment insurance for many, while “reducing” the figures of the unemployed.


5 posted on 04/22/2012 2:28:38 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a damned+morally destitute sinner,+trust Him to forgive+save you,+live....)
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To: daniel1212
In 1988, there were 4.46 million SSI recipients. In 2011, there are 8 million.

Inversely proportional to the employment rate since 0bama has ruled his kingdom.

6 posted on 04/22/2012 2:29:28 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: daniel1212
....but if anyone calls him The Disability President, then they're obviously racist!
7 posted on 04/22/2012 2:29:47 PM PDT by Nevermore (...just a typical cracker, clinging to my Constitutional rights...)
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To: pallis

SSI is known on the streets as “crazy money.

Most on SSI disability are probably Holder’s People.


8 posted on 04/22/2012 2:34:05 PM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Nevermore
....but if anyone calls him The Disability President, then they're obviously racist!

0bama IS the disability president!

9 posted on 04/22/2012 2:35:45 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: daniel1212
Even after accounting for all those who've left the program — about 700,000 drop out each year, mainly because they hit retirement age or died — that's up 53% from a decade ago.

I'm guessing most don't leave the program due to death. Most just move from one welfare program (SSI) to another (Social Security, Medicare).

10 posted on 04/22/2012 2:38:35 PM PDT by WeatherGuy
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To: daniel1212

As I have posted elsewhere, one thing I’ll remember about the Obama years is feeling stupid for working and paying my bills.


11 posted on 04/22/2012 2:40:33 PM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (It's not over yet. Newt 2012.)
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To: daniel1212
SSI is a welfare program, an open-ended entitlement program for low-income aged, blind, and disabled persons.

All it takes to be disabled is to place a "XXXX disorder" (X = anything you want it to be) title on yourself and vuala, instant SSI!

12 posted on 04/22/2012 2:41:34 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: daniel1212
SSI is becoming extended unemployment insurance

No.

It's WELFARE

13 posted on 04/22/2012 2:42:04 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: pallis
Following patterns laid down in Europe years ago. In Denmark eg, some 20% of the entire population is on permanent disablily retirement.
14 posted on 04/22/2012 2:44:19 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: EGPWS
Many on disability are part of the newest scam. A scam that will destroy the system for those who really need it. They'll also take down Social Security for people who paid into it their whole lives.

The problem? When it's all broken, the scammers will walk away looking for the next 'program', handout, scam, victim - whatever. Those people who are disabled - and the elderly who can't work - will simply die. Or be helped along to die - by the usual parasites... Liberal lawyers have sent up shop in every major city - offering to help YOU get what YOU deserve.

There's no time limit. The lawyers take a 'cut' of the action. No downside to getting in on this lotto game.

These folks can collect Social Security for 40, 50, 80 years... and those in the middle class? They'll just keep upping the age until the average middle class person can work until they die on the job.

15 posted on 04/22/2012 2:47:05 PM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

We Are All Out of Work Coal Miners Now

Are you TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY,
Or still have your last dime?
Do you need to keep on giving
Until you are poor, weak and blind?

Do you feel good as the parasites
Destroy what you have built?
Does it warm your heart to witness
That the poor refuse to work?

Ah, the joy of working to go in debt
To DC’s Company Store,
And with each election the politicians say,
“We must tax you until YOU are also poor.”


16 posted on 04/22/2012 2:53:47 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Le Chien Rouge

In the inner city, it is like a rite of passage to get pregnant, and get into the system. And if your child is slow to speak or has one of the many symptoms, then a liberal working for the gov. and perhaps doing so in order to get his/her student loan forgiven (after 10 years of employment and steady payments), who has no problem spending the money of the working class, will maybe classify the child as in need of SSI on slight evidence.

Compassion by neighbors is what should be fostered, as it what is personally and esp sacrificially given calls for a response of accountability, versus an impersonal check in the mail.


17 posted on 04/22/2012 2:54:11 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a damned+morally destitute sinner,+trust Him to forgive+save you,+live....)
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To: daniel1212

They all suffer from a disability called “Lazy Ass”. It’s becoming very prevalent.


18 posted on 04/22/2012 2:54:48 PM PDT by crosshairs (As long as there is evil, "Coexist" is impossible.)
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To: crosshairs
They all suffer from a disability called “Lazy Ass”. It’s becoming very prevalent.

Holder's people suffer from a specific strain called, Lazy Ass MoFo's.
19 posted on 04/22/2012 2:56:17 PM PDT by crosshairs (As long as there is evil, "Coexist" is impossible.)
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To: WeatherGuy

Many States gives like benefits as well.


20 posted on 04/22/2012 2:56:40 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a damned+morally destitute sinner,+trust Him to forgive+save you,+live....)
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To: TwelveOfTwenty

As compulsory irresponsible sharing your wealth is the liberal ethos.


21 posted on 04/22/2012 2:58:55 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a damned+morally destitute sinner,+trust Him to forgive+save you,+live....)
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To: daniel1212

22 posted on 04/22/2012 2:59:27 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (void where prohibited.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Actually, yes!


23 posted on 04/22/2012 2:59:51 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a damned+morally destitute sinner,+trust Him to forgive+save you,+live....)
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To: pallis
When people can’t won't find work, they seek out disability.

allow me.

24 posted on 04/22/2012 3:00:52 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (void where prohibited.)
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To: GOPJ

>Liberal lawyers have sent up shop in every major city - offering to help YOU get what YOU deserve.<

Its not only them, but partially in response to congressional mandates, SSA was spending roughly $8 million a year by 1995 to find new beneficiaries.


25 posted on 04/22/2012 3:01:47 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a damned+morally destitute sinner,+trust Him to forgive+save you,+live....)
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To: Graewoulf

Compulsory sharing your wealth with those who do not even try to be productive and responsible, in order to subsidize such rather than penalize it.


26 posted on 04/22/2012 3:05:50 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a damned+morally destitute sinner,+trust Him to forgive+save you,+live....)
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To: daniel1212

SSI is just another check that the entitlement class adds to all their other government freebees. Their goal is to build up enough handouts so they dont have to work. It is a way of life for way too many people — black and white.


27 posted on 04/22/2012 3:11:17 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: daniel1212

This article does not raise one very important question: how many recipients of Disability, SNAP, etc, are committing fraud? There are legitimately disabled people who have worked and put into the fund for many years. They are set to have their benefits bankrupted due to the many claimants who should never be approved. It used to be only 1 percent of first-time disability applicants were approved, the government screeners were so strict and the medical documentation required was significant. Seems we need to take some workers out of the application process and put them in the investigation process.


28 posted on 04/22/2012 3:12:53 PM PDT by baa39
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To: daniel1212

Karl Marx put it this way: “From each, according to his ability, to each according to his need.”

BTW, Democrats put some camo paint on it by calling it “Re-Distribution of Wealth.”


29 posted on 04/22/2012 3:13:07 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

And the victim entitlement came form the original “occupy movement,” that of the devil seeking to occupy the throne of God, (Is. 14:13,14) trying to “climb up some other way” (Jn. 10:1) to position, apparently with 1/3 of other angels concurring, that God should “share the wealth,” that of His power.

And who later, in the Garden, the devil sought to instill the victim entitlement mentality into Eve, that God was not dealing with her fairly, by not “sharing the wealth” of His knowledge, thus justifying her rebellion. (Gn. 3)


30 posted on 04/22/2012 3:26:29 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a damned+morally destitute sinner,+trust Him to forgive+save you,+live....)
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To: daniel1212

Using television as a babysitter hinders language development. Lazy child rearing practices foster poor language skills and thus a learning disorder “disability”.
Same goes for the rise in autism, now expanded to include so-called uncontrollable cussing and poor impulse control. Failure to discipline leads to unmanageable kids - who are now classified as mentally ill and the family gets more money.
What you subsidize is what you will increase.


31 posted on 04/22/2012 3:27:28 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: baa39

Well, as my supplementary material states,

Easy-to-fake learning, behavioral, and mental disorders are the most common “disabilities,” especially among children, who comprise 55 percent of all cases.

Prior work has shown that accurately diagnosing some types of mental impairments is a complex and often subjective process for SSA, which can sometimes be vulnerable to fraud and abuse. [Should their claims be denied, claimants can pursue several layers of appeal; 80 percent of appeals are now ultimately successful. (CATO, 1995]


32 posted on 04/22/2012 3:28:08 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a damned+morally destitute sinner,+trust Him to forgive+save you,+live....)
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To: daniel1212
and America takes 5.4million more in the........

33 posted on 04/22/2012 3:30:02 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: pallis

Depression at the inability to find work now qualifies one for SS disability / welfare.


34 posted on 04/22/2012 3:30:27 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: tbw2

Now you are on to something. The same hand that hugs must also spank.

How “cruel’ (in the eyes of some) the Truth can be, but beneficial.

The liberal mind seeks a fantasy in which man is not prone to sin, and in which discipline or wars are never necessary, or sexual morality and marriage.

They want a Garden of Eden without God and His authority and laws. It is an ideology only realized somewhat by drugs, but which is now attempted by legislation, its pushers now being in the establishment.

They imagine a Woodstock, but which beyond a few days ends up being Haight-Ashbury.


35 posted on 04/22/2012 3:41:09 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a damned+morally destitute sinner,+trust Him to forgive+save you,+live....)
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To: pallis

Taxpayers have a right to know what they are buying with their tax dollars. Taxpayers have a right to know who is drawing paychecks for disability. A list of our disabled dependents should be posted online, so we can see who we are subsidizing.


36 posted on 04/22/2012 4:17:27 PM PDT by abclily
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To: EGPWS

vuala=voila


37 posted on 04/22/2012 4:41:36 PM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Mantra of the left: 'It's only okay when WE do it.'")
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To: daniel1212

I keep wondering how long the madness can go on. I’m frankly surprised each day that passes and there is any semblance of normalcy.


38 posted on 04/22/2012 5:03:39 PM PDT by gloryblaze (Don't forget to donate and keep FR going strong!)
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To: daniel1212; Grampa Dave; tubebender; hedgetrimmer; forester; calcowgirl; BOBTHENAILER; ...

Yep! He’s the Disability-Foodstamp-Debt King of a Posturing President in Denial!!!


39 posted on 04/22/2012 5:05:50 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Negativity must die because it's self-fulfilling!!!)
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To: All

40 posted on 04/22/2012 5:08:05 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA)...before there is no America!)
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To: Graewoulf

That looks like the Tea Party’s creed!!! That’s beautiful!!!


41 posted on 04/22/2012 5:13:07 PM PDT by SierraWasp (Negativity must die because it's self-fulfilling!!!)
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To: GOPJ

the dirty little secret is that you can get on disability and collect more per month than if you waited till age 65...IT PAYS BIG TIME!


42 posted on 04/22/2012 5:21:32 PM PDT by cherry
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To: cherry

As a nurse, I saw it ALL the time in the hospital. People would have perhaps something wrong with their pinky finger ...and would, therefore, “need” to on disability.

It’s the New Welfare.

And it wasn’t just African Americans, believe me. All races, all genders, all types, and ALL ages, young and old. In fact, more young than old from what I could see.

I mean, come on — why work?


43 posted on 04/22/2012 5:28:06 PM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: cherry

A society that encourages people to be useless isn’t doing them a favor...


44 posted on 04/22/2012 5:41:50 PM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: LibsRJerks

Your input as a nurse is a strong testimony to the problem.

God gave Adam some work to maintain from the beginning, and ordained if one will not work -will not be productive - then neither should he eat, while normally charity is done locally by those who know you, and are willing to personally share and sacrifice to help - not by impersonal checks sent by others who are eager to spend the money they took from others.


45 posted on 04/22/2012 6:47:07 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a damned+morally destitute sinner,+trust Him to forgive+save you,+live....)
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To: SierraWasp

Aw, - - - , shucks.


46 posted on 04/22/2012 7:47:38 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: pallis

Or when they can’t work while being addicted to drugs...


47 posted on 04/23/2012 7:56:16 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: FlingWingFlyer; Graewoulf; EGPWS; Le Chien Rouge; WeatherGuy; TwelveOfTwenty; ClearCase_guy; ...

Abundance of sources here on Poverty and Dependency in America: http://www.akdart.com/poverty.html

E Pluribus Own’em.

USDA Spends $5 Mil To Recruit Food-Stamp Recipients. The number of food-stamp recipients has skyrocketed in the last few years yet the Obama Administration keeps wasting millions of taxpayer dollars to recruit more participants in the name of eradicating “food insecure households.” The latest publicly-financed campaign to boost the food-stamp rolls — officially known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP — was announced this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency that administers it. The USDA is dedicating $5 million this year to “improve access to and increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.”

State Gets $5 Mil Bonus For Food Stamp Sign Up. In its quest to promote taxpayer-funded entitlement programs, the Obama Administration has actually rewarded one state with a $5 million bonus for its efficiency in adding food-stamp recipients to already bulging rolls. It’s part of the administration’s campaign to eradicate “food insecure households” by improving access and increasing participation in the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Incidentally, the program was recently changed to SNAP to eliminate the stigma that comes with a name like food stamps.

New Tax Math: Single Moms + Big Brother. The wrong-headed welfare system started in the 1960s with Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and his proclaimed war against poverty. The system should have been called the war against marriage. LBJ’s Great Society set up a grossly immoral system whereby millions of people were taught they had an “entitlement” to pick the pockets of law-abiding, taxpaying families if they met two conditions: They didn’t work, and they were not married to someone who did work. This destroyed the work ethic and subsidized illegitimacy by giving single moms money and scores of benefits, such as welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, housing, utilities, WIC and commodities.

Fraudulent tax returns surge 181%. The IRS identified 335,341 tax returns claiming $1.9 billion in fraudulent refunds as of March 4, 2011, according to the findings of an audit conducted by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. ... The Earned Income Tax Credit, aimed at helping lower-income taxpayers, has been a large source of fraud, with people falsely lowering their income to qualify or claiming children they don’t have. The IRS estimates that 23% to 28% of EITC credits are wrongfully paid to Americans every year, totaling $11 to $13 billion.

Welfare in a Bad Way. What most Americans identify as government “welfare” are payments to single mothers, food stamps and (perhaps) Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor. But that’s not the half of it. Since 1960, government has changed radically. Then, 52 percent of federal spending went for defense, 26 percent for “payments for individuals” — the welfare state. By 2008, 61 percent consisted of “payments for individuals,” 21 percent for defense. Social Security and Medicare — programs for the elderly — represented the biggest share: $1 trillion in 2008.

The Myth that Liberals Care About the Poor: Almost every program the Left supports to “help” the poor in this country is surreptitiously designed to de-motivate them and keep them dependent on the government. The Left saps their will to work with welfare and food stamps, the Left reduces their income and puts them out of jobs by encouraging illegal aliens to enter the country, and the Left fights voucher programs that would allow poverty-stricken students to go to the same schools as the rich Americans. Liberals incessantly ramble on about how much they care about the poor — and they do, the same way a Venus Flytrap cares about a random bug that happens to fly into its maw.

Obama Will Spend More on Welfare in the Next Year Than Bush Spent on Entire Iraq War. As a candidate for president, Barack Obama decried the financial toll that the Iraq war was taking on the economy, but Obama’s proposed spending on welfare through 2010 will eclipse Bush’s war spending by more than $260 billion.

How Liberalism Exploits The Vulnerable. Not knowing that she was on camera, this “community organizer” gave away the dirtiest of the dirty secrets of the left. Herein lies the explanation of how and why major segments of America, particularly in urban areas, upon becoming increasingly liberal over the past several decades, have become more lawless, more hopeless, and more helpless. While claiming to “help the little guy,” liberalism has a vested interest in keeping the “little guy” oppressed and dependent. Only in such a state can he fulfill his intended role as a “resource” of the liberal machine.

Strange Facts about America’s ‘Poor’. Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning. Fully 92 percent of poor households have a microwave; two-thirds have at least one DVD player and 70 percent have a VCR. Nearly 75 percent have a car or truck; 31 percent have two or more cars or trucks. Four out of five poor adults assert they were never hungry at any time in the prior year due to lack of money for food. Nearly two-thirds have cable or satellite television. Half have a personal computer; one in seven have two or more computers. More than half of poor families with children have a video game system such as Xbox or PlayStation. Just under half — 43 percent — have Internet access. A third have a widescreen plasma or LCD TV. One in every four has a digital video recorder such as TiVo.

America’s Ever Expanding Welfare Empire. America’s welfare state is not a principality. It is a vast empire bigger than the entire budgets of almost every other country in the world. Just one program, Medicaid, cost the federal government $275 billion in 2010, which is slated to rise to $451 billion by 2018. Counting state Medicaid expenditures, this one program cost taxpayers $425 billion in 2010, soaring to $800 billion by 2018. Under Obamacare, 85 million Americans will soon be on Medicaid, growing to nearly 100 million by 2021, according to the CBO.

Gov’t Welfare Widens The Wealth Gap. Starting in 1964, when President Johnson launched the War on Poverty, a well-intentioned crusade to end poverty, the U.S. has spent an estimated $16 trillion trying to help the less well-off. LBJ and other well-meaning Democratic politicians at the time also hoped that the burgeoning welfare state would make people more self-sufficient, a noble goal. It didn’t work. Today, some 44 million Americans are on food stamps. In 2007, it was 26 million. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner recently boasted that U.S. issues more than 80 million checks a month. But while the U.S. has more than 70 means-tested welfare programs, the poverty rate today is higher than it was in the late 1960s.

Moocher Index
Go west, but not too far west, to find self-reliance. The graph [in this article] was plotted by Cato Institute’s Dan Mitchell from data assembled by the Center for Immigration Studies. The horizontal axis represents the percentage of non-poor residents of each state signed up for government assistance — in other words, income redistribution programs. Mitchell calls the measure the Moocher Index. ... Allow me to provide a few observations to assist you in seeing some staggering messages.
[#1] 6 of the top 10 (in fact, 4 of the top 5) states with the most moochers are in the Northeast.
[#2] 11 of the top 30 mooching states are on the East Coast.
[#3] Fully half of the top 20 mooching states are on either the East of West Coasts.
[#4] Half of the ten states with the lowest percentage of moochers are in the West, but not the West Coast.


48 posted on 04/23/2012 8:22:47 AM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a damned+morally destitute sinner,+trust Him to forgive+save you,+live....)
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The Myth that Liberals Care About the Poor: Almost every program the Left supports to “help” the poor in this country is surreptitiously designed to de-motivate them and keep them dependent on the government.

Those 'programs' also keep the dependent voting democrat. If we can't get them to stop buying votes by destroying the weak, maybe we should do the same. Maybe vote a bill to give all conceal carry members of the NRA an extra $30,000 a year. If we played the dems game, I'm sure we could buy NRA voters for years...

49 posted on 04/23/2012 8:29:20 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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The Myth that Liberals Care About the Poor: Almost every program the Left supports to “help” the poor in this country is surreptitiously designed to de-motivate them and keep them dependent on the government.

Those 'programs' also keep the dependent voting for democrat. If we can't get dems to stop buying votes by destroying the weak, maybe we should do the same. Maybe vote a bill to give all conceal carry members of the NRA an extra $30,000 a year. If we played the dems game, I'm sure we could buy NRA voters for years...

50 posted on 04/23/2012 8:30:03 AM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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