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  • Jobs report shows effects of the incredible shrinking U.S. labor force

    05/04/2012 6:44:14 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 20 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 5/4/2012 | staff
    If the same percentage of adults were in the workforce today as when Barack Obama took office, the unemployment rate would be 11.1 percent. If the percentage was where it was when George W. Bush took office, the unemployment rate would be 13.1 percent. That helps explain a seeming contradiction in the unemployment numbers ó the rate keeps dropping even though job creation has been soft. In April, the U.S. economy added a mere 115,000 jobs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday. In a normal month, that would not even be enough to keep up with new...
  • Chart of America's Welfare State

    05/07/2012 12:11:27 PM PDT · by Mich1193 · 11 replies ^ | 05/07/2012 |
    There was a little mentioned tangent to last Friday's very disappointing NFP print of +115,000 (driven by a surge in temp jobs offsetting a collapse in full time positions): as David Rosenberg notes, the jobs number was about half of another far more important number - that of Americans applying for disability , which in April was +225,000. He continues: "this is the new stealth stimulus program - so far in 2011, nearly one million Americans have applied for disability and year-to-date, 333k have actually enrolled (covering 539k family members). In total, more than five million people have been added...
  • 2.2 Million Go On Disability Since Mid-2010; Fraud Explains Falling Unemployment Rate

    05/06/2012 6:45:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies ^ | May 6, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Since mid-2010, precisely at the time millions of US citizens used up all of their 99 week of unemployment insurance, disability claims have risen by 2.2 million. Those on disability are not counted in the workforce and are not considered unemployed. Please consider Disabled Americans Shrink Size of U.S. Labor Force
  • Insurance Scammers Featured on ABC News (Video)

    04/26/2012 7:44:15 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    ABC news ^ | April 25, 2012 | By Christina Bramlet,
    Insurance Scammers Featured on ABC News MMA Fighter, Prison Guard Cases Emphasize Billion-Dollar Problem By Christina Bramlet, April 25, 2012 An ever-evolving multitude of insurance scams continue to plague the industry, ultimately costing both insurers, policyholders and taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. P&C insurers especially face a host of challenges in combating fraud, such as poor conviction rates and inadequate resources. Even so, through decisive action and collaboration between claims investigators and law enforcement, noteworthy gains have been realized, made evident recently by some high-profile PIP fraud stings in New York and Florida. Further mitigating fraud and, by...
  • Obamaís underfunded Veterans Affairs Dept. has a backlog of almost 900,000 disability claims

    04/24/2012 8:30:47 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 16 replies ^ | April 24, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The Democrat habit of appointing ďgood DemocratsĒ to positions without regard for the required administrative skills it calls for is hurting almost 900,000 disabled veterans. The incompetence of Barack Obamaís Veterans Affairs Department has created a bureaucratic nightmare in which more than 65% of its disability claims sit on someoneís desk for more than 125 days. More than this 16% of the cases that are brought to resolution are done so in error according to veteransí advocate groupsí testimony to the House Veterans Affairs Committee last week. The V.A is totally underprepared for the predictable increase in disability claims stepped...
  • 5.4 Million Join Disability Rolls Under Obama

    04/20/2012 5:09:20 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 37 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/20/2012 | John Merline
    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. This is straining already-stretched government finances while posing a long-term economic threat by creating an ever-growing pool of permanently dependent working-age Americans.
  • Hotels, rec centers try to slow pool access regs

    04/18/2012 8:55:42 AM PDT · by B Knotts · 27 replies
    AP ^ | 4/18/2012 | Russ Bynum
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Owners and managers of swimming pools at hotels, city recreation centers and public parks are scrambling to install mechanical chair lifts to comply with new federal requirements that all public pools be accessible to disabled swimmers. Some hotels fear the cost of the equipment or fines for noncompliance could put them out of business, and an industry lobbyist says others may close their pools this summer if they can't upgrade in time, though the government can offer more time to those having trouble paying for it. Swimmers with disabilities say the changes are overdue. "I couldn't...
  • James Bovard: The Wrong Way to Help the Disabled

    04/11/2012 3:56:41 AM PDT · by Makana · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 10, 2012 | JAMES BOVARD
    The Obama administration is on the verge of compelling most of the largest corporations and universities, as well as many smaller businesses, to adopt a 7% hiring quota for disabled job applicantsólest they be debarred from doing business with the federal government. This radical personnel policy could raise costs and slash the productivity of almost 200,000 companies with U.S. government contracts. The Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), declared: "For nearly 40 years, the rules have said that contractors simply need to make a 'good faith' effort to recruit and hire people with disabilities. Clearly, that's not...
  • Your Help Needed!

    04/09/2012 1:10:05 PM PDT · by Glockslinger · 20 replies
    MMEDA website | 4/9/2012 | GlockslingerMI
    My fellow Freepers: PLEASE take a moment of your time to give your vote to my friend, Laura, at the link below. Enter the promo code 889 or 890 to multiply your vote by 5! Laura is wheelchair-bound and could never afford the reliable transportation she really needs. So she's in the running to WIN one; a fully-equipped handicap-ready van, and all she needs is VOTES! Please drop by now and take a moment. There's no tedious registrations to deal with. If you want to help MORE, you can vote every day while the contest runs! Please consider stopping...
  • Joni Eareckson Tada on Wilberforce Award, 'Better Off Dead Than Disabled' Mentality

    03/16/2012 9:24:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 98 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/16/2012 | Eryn Sun
    A disturbing belief is spreading within the hearts of many around the world and within America: that a person is better off dead than disabled.But a leading advocate for people with disabilities is fighting that notion and looking to educate the world and the church about the precious lives and rights of "those who seem to be weaker."The Christian Post spoke to Joni Eareckson Tada on Thursday, the founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, about her countless achievements for the disabled community, unwavering faith in God, battle with breast cancer, and her latest recognition by Breakpoint...
  • Thursday is 'Poolmageddon' for trial lawyers

    03/14/2012 12:14:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies ^ | 3/14/12 | Conn Carroll
    President Obama's Department of Justice -- led by Attorney General Eric Holder -- has found a new way to make the Americans with Disabilities Act pay off for Democratic trial lawyer campaign donors. Since the ADA first became law in 1990, the DOJ has been issuing "guidelines" that businesses must follow to comply with a multitude of the nation's civil rights laws. For example, if a restaurant bathroom has a light switch that is 52 inches above the floor, then that business is in compliance. But if the light switch is 53 inches above the floor, than the restaurant owner...
  • Obama's DOJ strikes again: Swimming pools need wheelchair lifts.

    03/14/2012 11:25:37 AM PDT · by dmzTahoe · 67 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 3/13/2012 | Conn Carroll
    President Obama's Department of Justice -- led by Attorney General Eric Holder -- has found a new way to make the Americans with Disabilities Act pay off for Democratic trial lawyer campaign donors...The DOJ has been issuing a growing wave of such guidelines over the years, reaching an ever larger portion of business activities. In September 2010, the DOJ issued guidelines for "recreational facilities," including a new rule that all public access swimming pools must provide a lift capable of moving disabled patrons from their wheelchairs into the water... On Jan. 31 of this year, DOJ granted the industry's call...
  • Disabling Employment

    02/26/2012 5:40:03 AM PST · by harpu · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 02/24/12 | Editorial
    New Labor Department quota means fewer jobs for the handicapped The Labor Department is about to make it harder for the disabled to find a job. The new policy is a painful reminder why it is important to get away fast when the government says it is trying to help you. ... snip... Judging from the ADA's track record, this proposed regulation isn't going to help those with disabilities. When the ADA was enacted in 1990, some 60 percent of disabled men were employed. Five years later, that rate dropped to 49 percent. Today, almost 80 percent of people with...
  • Newest Government Magic Trick: Disability Fraud Holds Down Unemployment Rate

    02/21/2012 6:25:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | February 21, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Looking for another reason for an artificially low unemployment rate? Consider disability fraud, people claiming disabilities they do not have such as mental illness. Prior to the great recession 33% of applicants claimed mental illness. The number is 43% now. There was fraud before, of course. There is even more fraud now. Please consider Jobless disability claims soar to record $200B as of January Standing too many months on the unemployment line is driving Americans crazy ó literally ó and itís costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. With their unemployment-insurance checks running out, some of the countryís long-term jobless...
  • Jobless disability claims soar to record $200B as of January

    02/19/2012 7:13:27 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | Last Updated: 10:41 AM, February 19, 2012 | By JANET WHITMAN
    With their unemployment-insurance checks running out, some of the countryís long-term jobless are scrambling to fill the gap by filing claims for mental illness and other disabilities with Social Security ó a surge that hobbles taxpayers and making the employment rate look healthier than it should as these people drop out of the job statistics.
  • Report: Millions of jobless file for disability when unemployment benefits run out

    02/19/2012 10:19:32 AM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2/19/12
    Report: Millions of jobless file for disability when unemployment benefits run outPublished February 19, 2012 | 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...
  • The Unemployed Are Now Going On Disability And It's Costing The Government Billions

    02/14/2012 10:23:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 02/14/2012 | Sam Ro
    In this morning's Cashin's Comments, Art Cashin points to some disturbing research regarding the recent bump in disability benefit applications:I’m Sick Of Being Unemployed - A couple of strange and rather disquieting reports circulated among the Friends of Fermentation yesterday.  The topic was unemployment or, more specifically, where do those people go who have stopped looking for work.  Their absence is credited with distorting the unemployment rate and making it lower than most expect or believe.The reports I allude to, contended that many went on disability.  In fact, they projected that nearly 25% of those not actively seeking a job...
  • ART CASHIN: The Unemployed Are Now Going On Disability And It's Costing The Government Billions

    02/14/2012 8:20:19 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 1+ views
    TBI ^ | 2-14-2012 | Sam Ro
    ART CASHIN: The Unemployed Are Now Going On Disability And It's Costing The Government Billions Sam RoFebuary 14, 2012 In this morning's Cashin's Comments, Art Cashin points to some disturbing research regarding the recent bump in disability benefit applications: Iím Sick Of Being Unemployed - A couple of strange and rather disquieting reports circulated among the Friends of Fermentation yesterday. The topic was unemployment or, more specifically, where do those people go who have stopped looking for work. Their absence is credited with distorting the unemployment rate and making it lower than most expect or believe. The reports I allude...
  • Disrespect for the Disabled + ObamaCare = ?

    02/01/2012 9:09:53 PM PST · by stolinsky · 1 replies ^ | 02-02-12 | stolinsky
    ¬† Disrespect for the Disabled + ObamaCare = ? David C. Stolinsky Feb. 2, 2012 Recently the Los Angeles Times devoted two entire columns to the misuse of disabled parking placards by people who appear not to be disabled. This makes the few spots reserved for the disabled even less available, a real problem. But the author¬ís chief complaint was the fact that the placards allow drivers to park at meters without paying or obeying time limits ‚ąí thus depriving the city of money. Like a typical leftist, he saw the problem as economic. The author seemed to condemn...
  • Furor in Greece over pedophilia as a disability

    01/11/2012 6:45:03 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 12 replies · 1+ views
    MedicalXpress ^ | 01/09/2012 | NICHOLAS PAPHITIS
    The National Confederation of Disabled People called the action "incomprehensible," and said pedophiles are now awarded a higher government disability pay than some people who have received organ transplants. The Labor Ministry said categories added to the expanded list - that also includes pyromaniacs, compulsive gamblers, fetishists and sadomasochists - were included for purposes of medical assessment and used as a gauge for allocating financial assistance. But NCDP leader Yiannis Vardakastanis, who is blind, warned the new list could create new difficulties for disabled Greeks who are already facing benefit cuts due to the country's financial crisis. "What's happened is...
  • Not Yet a State, Puerto Rico Practices Good Governance

    01/03/2012 5:05:28 AM PST · by cll · 25 replies
    Governing ^ | 1/03/2011 | Paul W. Taylor
    Sun, sand and 80-degree temperatures distract most winter visitors to this U.S. island territory from the visible signs of aging at the 57-year-old Luis MuŮoz MarŪn International Airport, a critical hub to the Caribbean, but increasingly expensive to run and maintain. Thatís not good enough for Kenneth McClintock, the secretary of state for Puerto Rico, who says the airport is about to undergo world-class upgrades made possible through a long-term lease with a private company that will finance, design, build and operate the facility. ďItís a showcase project that will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenues,Ē says...
  • Jobless Tap Disability Fund

    12/27/2011 9:04:57 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 28, 2011 | DAMIAN PALETTA And DIONNE SEARCEY
    The prolonged economic slump has fueled a surge in applications for Social Security disability benefits, with many desperate Americans seeking refuge in the program as a last resort after their unemployment insurance and savings run out. Two new studies, one of them co-authored by the White House's top economist, show a correlation between when people seek Social Security disability payments and when their unemployment benefits are exhausted. Some economists say that connection shows many people now view the system as an extended unemployment program. The Social Security Disability Insurance program was created in the 1950s to provide financial support and...
  • Two Lawyers Strike Gold In U.S. Disability System

    12/22/2011 11:26:33 PM PST · by Steelfish · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Wall St. J ^ | December 22, 2011 | DAMIAN PALETTA AND DIONNE SEARCEY
    DECEMBER 22, 2011 Two Lawyers Strike Gold In U.S. Disability System BY DAMIAN PALETTA AND DIONNE SEARCEY Lawyers Harry and Charles Binder began representing applicants for Social Security disability benefits in the 1970s, when the field was a professional backwater. Last year, their firm collected $88 million in fees for guiding clients through the system, government data indicate, making it the nation's largest Social Security disability advocate by far. "We'll deal with the government," a cowboy-hatted Charles Binder proclaims in his firm's ubiquitous television ads. "You have enough to worry about." Having firms like Binder & Binder deal with the...
  • Doctor Revolt Shakes Disability Program (Quitting after forced to practice bad medicine)

    11/21/2011 8:46:41 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 19 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/21/11 | BY DAMIAN PALETTA
    Earlier this year, senior managers at the Social Security Administration in Baltimore, frustrated by a growing backlog of applications for federal disability benefits, called meetings with 140 of the agency's doctors. The message was blunt: The number of people seeking benefits had soared. Doctors had to work faster to move cases. Instead of earning $90 an hour, as they had previously, they would receive about $80 per caseóa pay cut for many cases which can take 60 to 90 minutes to reviewóunless the doctors worked faster. Most notably, it no longer mattered if doctors strayed far from their areas of...
  • Most of the unemployed no longer receive benefits

    11/05/2011 1:45:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/5/11 | Christopher S. Rugaber - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó The jobs crisis has left so many people out of work for so long that most of America's unemployed are no longer receiving unemployment benefits. Early last year, 75 percent were receiving checks. The figure is now 48 percent ó a shift that points to a growing crisis of long-term unemployment. Nearly one-third of America's 14 million unemployed have had no job for a year or more. Congress is expected to decide by year's end whether to continue providing emergency unemployment benefits for up to 99 weeks in the hardest-hit states. If the emergency benefits expire, the...
  • 'Adult Baby' in California Wins Right to Social Security Disability Checks

    10/21/2011 9:38:43 AM PDT · by Justaham · 51 replies ^ | 10-20-11
    A 30-year-old California man who wears diapers and lives as an ďadult babyĒ can keep his $800-a-month Social Security disability checks, the agency ruled. Stanley Thorntonís infantile lifestyle won him national attention after a National Geographic TV show revealed how he was spoon-fed and clad in baby clothes by his roommate and how he built furniture like oversized high chairs in his Redding, Calif., apartment. The show prompted Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., to demand a probe of Thornton's Supplemental Security Income checks, the New York Post reported. But in a letter to Thornton, the agency said, ďWe recently reviewed the...
  • Supreme Court to decide whether churches should have final say on who their ministers should be

    10/13/2011 8:00:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/13/2011 | Tina Korbe
    Last week, President Obama's Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in a case that pits religious protections against the courts' ordinary ability to intervene in a labor dispute to prevent discrimination.In the early 2000s, Cheryl Perich was a "called teacher" or "commissioned minister" at Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School in Redford, Mich. As such, she taught religious classes, led students in prayer and incorporated religious teachings into secular subjects like math, science, social studies and art.But in 2004, she was diagnosed with narcolepsy and became unable to teach the fall semester that year. When she...
  • Mike Nichols: Lawyer for Sheboygan mayor argues alcoholism is a disability

    09/28/2011 12:44:55 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | Wednesday, September 28, 2011 7:45 am | MIKE NICHOLS
    Dwight Darrow tells me he's not related to Clarence Darrow. Still, I think the attorney for Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan has a legal argument lots of folks in this state are, unfortunately, going to love. He argues Ryan ó who has a habit of getting pie-eyed in public and acting loutish and completely embarrassing the city he represents ó is disabled. In fact, the mayor is so disabled by his alcoholism, says Mr. Darrow, that he is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. As a result, the Sheboygan City Council cannot legally remove the disabled mayor from office, argues...
  • Disability claims by the unemployed skyrocketing

    09/26/2011 8:04:23 AM PDT · by DFG · 10 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 09/24/11 | Sally Kestin
    Laid-off workers desperate for money, many of them aging baby boomers, are flooding South Florida Social Security offices like never before to apply for disability benefits. Demand is so great nationwide that congressional estimates show the disability program will run out of money and won't be able to cover all beneficiaries in just six years. n Florida, applications are up more than 40 percent since 2007. Many are coming from people with mental or physical conditions who once were able to work and now can't, or who lost their job and are unable to find a new one.
  • An orphan among orphans (China)

    09/07/2011 9:20:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    China Daily ^ | 2011-09-02 | Guo Yali
    An orphan among orphans Updated: 2011-09-02 07:57 By Guo Yali (China Daily) BEIJING - Being an orphan who lost both legs hasn't stopped Xu Yuehua from having a room full of her own children. The 55-year-old, who gets around by walking on a pair of stools, is "mother" to more than 100 children from an orphanage in Xiangtan, Hunan province. "She's got a way with kids after all these years nursing and caring for the children, many of whom are disabled or mentally challenged," said Li Yilong, deputy director of Xiangtan City Social Welfare Home. The home has around 80...
  • Obama Administration Sues to Protect Alcoholic Truck Drivers

    09/03/2011 1:21:47 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | September 3,2011 | Jim Hoft
    The Obama Administration is suing a trucking company for firing a driver who admitted he was alcoholic. Unreal. FOX News reported: Citing a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Obama administration is suing a trucking company for taking the keys away from an Arkansas driver and eventually firing him after he admitted he was battling alcohol abuse. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit this week arguing that Old Dominion Freight Line discriminated against Charles Grams by stripping him of his position and offering him a demotion even if he completed a substance abuse counseling program....
  • Social Security disability on verge of insolvency

    08/22/2011 8:29:49 AM PDT · by no dems · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 22, 2011 | Stephen Ohlemacher
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security's disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency. Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs and can't find new ones in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs. The stampede for benefits is adding to a growing backlog of applicants ó many wait two years or more before their cases are resolved ó and worsening the financial problems of a program that's been running in the red for...
  • ĎFlower on the doorí used to mark abortions at Catholic hospitals: doctor

    08/01/2011 5:11:23 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 7/29/11 | Kathleen Gilbert
    FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, July 29, 2011 ( - When a child is delivered stillborn, a small flower or other token often marks the door of the mother‚Äôs recovery room to help staff recognize the loss. According to one Catholic doctor, the same symbol was used in at least one Catholic hospital where doctors routinely induced labor to hasten the death of a child diagnosed with a genetic defect - a practice she says occurs in ‚Äúa handful‚ÄĚ of Catholic hospitals across the United States. Dr. Lorna Cvetkovich told a bioethics conference at Christendom College in Virginia this month about her...
  • Cheerleading case stirs up dispute

    07/13/2011 7:52:29 AM PDT · by Tazzo · 67 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | July 13, 2011 | Julie Anderson
    Aurora High junior Julia Sullivan was born without legs or forearms. The district and her family disagree on whether that should have been taken into account at cheerleading tryouts. more...
  • Tom Coburn: Why are we paying disability to ďadult babiesĒ?

    05/19/2011 7:08:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/19/2011 | Allahpundit
    On the other hand, watch the clip below. If this guy‚Äôs not ‚Äúdisabled,‚ÄĚ who is? ¬ďGiven that Mr. Thornton is able to determine what is appropriate attire and actions in public, drive himself to complete errands, design and custom-make baby furniture to support a 350-pound adult and run an Internet support group, it is possible that he has been improperly collecting disability benefits for a period of time,¬Ē Mr. Coburn wrote in a letter Monday to Inspector General Patrick P. O‚ÄôCarroll Jr‚ĶIn an email response to The Washington Times, Mr. Thornton threatened to kill himself if his Social Security payments...
  • Simple Chemical Cocktail Shows First Promise for Limb Re-Growth in Mammals

    04/11/2011 7:58:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies
    Science Daily ^ | April 8, 2011 | Staff
    Move over, newts and salamanders. The mouse may join you as the only animal that can re-grow their own severed limbs. Researchers are reporting that a simple chemical cocktail can coax mouse muscle fibers to become the kinds of cells found in the first stages of a regenerating limb. Their study, the first demonstration that mammal muscle can be turned into the biological raw material for a new limb, appears in the journal ACS Chemical Biology. Darren R. Williams and Da-Woon Jung say their "relatively simple, gentle, and reversible" methods for creating the early stages of limb regeneration in mouse...
  • Can 2.6 million people be too ill to work?

    04/02/2011 8:20:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | April 2, 2011 | Daniel Hannan
    ...Between 1971, when Invalidity Benefit was introduced, and the mid-1980s, there were typically around 700,000 claimants. Today, there are 2.6 million (the name was changed to Incapacity Benefit in 1995). We have, tragically, encouraged some people to arrange their affairs around qualifying for the allowance. Those who suffer most are not the grumbling taxpayers Ė they have rather more pressing things to grumble about Ė but the people who have been trapped in the squalor of dependency. Before you rage about scroungers, imagine you would feel if you relied Ė relied Ė upon a weekly handout of £91.40 (the maximum...
  • Insolvency Looms as States (and Puerto Rico) Drain U.S. Disability Fund

    03/22/2011 5:21:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 46 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 22, 2011 | DAMIAN PALETTA
    CAGUAS, Puerto RicoóThis mountainside town is home to a picturesque cathedral, a tobacco museum and a Wal-Mart Supercenter. Another defining feature: Caguas's 00725 zip code has more people who receive a disability check than any other in the U.S. Puerto Rico has emerged in recent years as one of the easiest places in the U.S. to get payments from the Social Security Disability Insurance program, created during the Eisenhower administration to help people who can't work because of a health problem. In 2010, 63% of applicants there won approval, four percentage points higher than New Jersey and Wyoming, the most-generous...
  • Federal fraud: Healthy workers took disability

    02/22/2011 3:49:30 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 17 replies
    (CBSNews) ^ | February 18, 2011 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Federal fraud: Healthy workers took disability Investigation finds $25 billion misspent on payments from 2005 to 2009; thousands of federal workers received questionable checks February 18, 2011 By Sharyl Attkisson * Play CBS Video Video Fighting federal disability fraud According to government estimates, fraud and improper payments ate up $25 billion dollars in federal disability payments from 2005-2009. Sharyl Attkisson reports on the double-dipping that's slipping through the cracks. * 111 Charged in Medicare Scams Worth $225M * Taxpayer Funds Paid for Bonuses, Casino Trips (CBSNews) You have no doubt noticed it when you get your paycheck, the deduction for...
  • Are increasing disability numbers hurting Social Security

    01/29/2011 11:46:23 PM PST · by jmclemore · 59 replies
    Congressional Budget office ^ | July 22, 2010 | Congressional Budget office
    Summary The Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program pays cash benefits to non elderly adults (those younger than age 66) who are judged to be unable to perform ďsubstantialĒ work because of a disability but who have worked in the past; the program also pays benefits to some of those adultsí dependents. In 2009, the Disability Insurance program paid benefits to almost 8 million disabled beneficiaries and about 2 million of those beneficiariesí spouses and children. Between 1970 and 2009, the number of people receiving DI benefits more than tripled, from 2.7 million to 9.7 million (unless otherwise specified, all...
  • CBO: Disability Benefits Face Sharp Cuts By 2017 Without Action

    01/28/2011 11:27:18 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 3 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 1/28/2011 | Jed Graham
    Both President Obamaís State of the Union and the GOP response from Rep. Paul Ryan suggest that it may take a crisis to force the two parties to confront Social Security reform. But the Congressional Budget Office forecast released a day later shows that the coming crisis has drawn one year closer ó to 2017. That year is when Social Securityís disability insurance trust fund is projected to run dry, triggering sharp cuts in disability benefits ó reaching about 18% in 2018 ó without action from Congress.
  • Man with no limbs brings thousands to Jesus Christ

    11/19/2010 5:30:31 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Underground ^ | 11 November 2010
    Man with no limbs brings thousands to Jesus Christ Posted on 11 November 2010 At a recently-held event in Seattle, a man who was born with no arms and legs led more than 1,692 people to accept Jesus Christ into their lives. The man is Nick Vujicic, author of Life Without Limits. He can surf, swim, fish, play soccer and golf. He has degrees in accounting and finance. And, he heads the nonprofit organization Life Without Limbs, Pasadena Star-News reported. But last Sunday the Christian motivational speaker told the Seattle Harvest crowd of 15,000 people (plus some 93,000 viewers online),...
  • National Disability Awareness Month

    10/15/2010 6:50:47 AM PDT · by rstrahan · 4 replies
    The Disabled Advocate ^ | 10/15/2010 | Roger Strahan
    Did you know that this is National Disability Awareness Month? Unless you are part of the disabled community, you probably had never heard of it. We have National Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, and even Earth Month. Then there are special days for various issues. All of these get media attention. The newspapers run series on how these issues have affected our lives, and television runs ads, news articles, and special programming to feature whatever special issue is being promoted. That is, unless it is concerning the disabled, and then the media is conspicuous in its silence.
  • And now some deserved criticism of Israel

    09/14/2010 6:53:41 PM PDT · by idov · 5 replies
    Vanity ^ | Sept. 14, 2010 | Dov Ivry
    On paper Israel has a social assistance program which rivals the best in the western world. On the ground it's the same as Bangladesh. There's nothing here. Judge for yourself. And this is coming from a Zionist.
  • Political Correctness : Disney Style (vanity)

    09/12/2010 5:51:29 PM PDT · by hecht · 22 replies
    Recently, my family and I went to Disneyland in California. In the California Adventure Park, we watched the otherwise splendid Alladin musical. What disturbed me was that in the chorus was a disabled actress in an electric wheelchair. She had no speaking roles and while her counterparts danced to the music she simply rolled her cart in circles. Having an autistic child, I am happy to see the handicapped perform. However ( and perhaps I am sensitive) I fid it distasteful to have someone one stage just to have gratuitous , politically correct window dressing. Obviously she couldn't play Jasmine...
  • Former Jerry's Kid sees telethon as an insult to MD victims

    09/07/2010 12:00:33 PM PDT · by MissTed · 24 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | 9/7/10 | Susan Greene
    Trashing the muscular dystrophy telethon is like dissing Christmas. It ticks people off. Even if the offender is a former Jerry's Kid. Laura Hershey was born with a form of MD and spent her poster childhood appearing helpless at fundraisers. She became a celebrity in the '70s as the face of the condition in Colorado. She remembers being a prop in the TV studio that was broadcasting local parts of the telethon. "To whole families driving by to drop their contributions in a giant fishbowl outside the studio; to the camera's blinking red light; to the anchorman who squatted next...
  • Benefits For People With Disabilities (How you can get away with living off of someone else's loot)

    08/06/2010 10:35:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    SSA ^ | 8/07/10
    Benefits For People With Disabilities The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program. Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are "insured," meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial...
  • ADAís 20th Anniversary [Law going to far?]

    08/05/2010 9:27:53 AM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 4 replies
    Cato @ Liberty ^ | July 26, 2010 | Walter Olson coverage nowadays treats the ADA as if it were uncontroversial, with at best a nod to libertarian commentators who see it as a coercive and fabulously expensive government venture into what ought to be private decision-making....
  • Federal Workers Pocketed 'Fraudulent' Social Security Payments, GAO Finds

    08/04/2010 11:01:20 AM PDT · by reader25 · 31 replies
    Fox ^ | 08/04/2010 | Fox News
    Hundreds of federal employees may have improperly reaped millions in Social Security disability benefits, according to a government watchdog that caught workers at several major agencies pocketing fraudulent payments. The Government Accountability Office issued a report that showed at least 1,500 federal employees may have wrongly received benefits. The group's investigation, which focused on two Social Security programs for people who have limited incomes due to disabilities, found several specific cases in which beneficiaries were earning well above the income cap while still receiving benefits. In one case, a Transportation Security Administration screener was overpaid $108,000, according to the report.
  • Social Security Disability Insurance not sustainable

    07/27/2010 12:13:18 PM PDT · by Angelus · 39 replies · 26+ views ^ | July 27, 2010 | Astrid Fiano
    Over 9 Million American are now on SSDI or SSI soon it will be 10 Million. I have wrote a few times about these corrupt programs and how they will soon be unsustainable because of how broad the definitions of disability and the broad language used in the Federal Statutes are that virtually anyone can get it. Also they refuse to put restrictions on who can receive benefits from SSI and SSDI such as Convicted Felons. No matter how many crimes on someoneís record whether felony or not they can still receive benefits. The Social Security Administrations website also provides...