posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 09:31 AM
I might not live in the U.S but in the Netherlands it is the same; very easy to get the disabled status and 'enjoy' being on a benefit. I just
don't understand it however, and that's because I am ill and have no choice in the matter. I never liked a job, but I didn't feel bad about earning
money. I earned more working low paid jobs than being on benefit.
I feel semi-bad about that, but unlike some people I know who do abuse the system, I actually tried. I dropped out of high school at age 15 and I
worked. When I was 21 I decided to attempt college, while working. I was a mess but I tried to make the best out of it. The people I knew who abuse
the system hadn't lifted a finger in years. They were only ill and crying about how bad their life was when the annual check up appointment came
regarding their status. When me being ill resulted in a mental and physical collapse due to the stress, those same people had the nerve to say I was
nothing but a drama queen who was capable of working. They were fully aware of everything that was wrong with me; rheumatism (with morphine for the
pain), a back/knees beyond repair after a traffic accident, a blind eye, Asperger syndrome, a paranoid personality disorder, and borderline traits.
They just said that being my age (I'm 26) I shouldn't be whining, while some of them were of the same age as me.
The people who enjoy this don't understand when they call me to go out that I can't; I'm afraid to leave the house. I'm terrified of people. I
need to be drugged with oxazepam before leaving the house. They assume that everyone is in the same position they are in, 'leeching the system'.
Now the problem is that everyone is well aware of the abusing and every now and then they come with the budget cuts and the idea of putting people to
work. That's not a bad thing, but I see people being send back to work who are actually sick while the abusers still sit at home being perfectly
I can understand people being sick and tired of working horrid jobs. I worked those jobs. I'm well aware. I'm also aware that the lack of jobs
forces people into those awful jobs. But what I'm afraid for, and that already happens over here, is that the actual ill people are being send to
work over budget cuts, but the abusers who install a complete drama show are still sitting at home.