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I see the US is sending tons of aid to the far east in wake of the typhoon disaster yet they cut food stamp aid here. I'm disabled through no fault of my own and struggling to survive in the richest country on earth. They cut food stamps by 47 million yet we're rushing to aid the Philippines. How about we fix our problems at home before we try solving the worlds problems.
A lot of people who say "I'm disabled" actually aren't on SS Disability, because they DON'T QUALIFY.
Reagan Got people off of Welfare by putting a limit on the amount of years they could draw in a lifetime.
The next administration created a NEW safety net, and called it SS Insurance.
It appears to be very easy to qualify for. A year of not working, and back pain will get you in.
ADHD/ADD will do the trick.
Not holding a steady job will work, too; you just need a clinical psychologist to give you a label.
There are 7,977,000 people receiving Social Security Disability, which they paid taxes for.
There are 5,579,000 people receiving Social Security Insurance, which they did not pay taxes into the system for.
One example of a person I know personally: She was a wild child, wouldn't go to school, partied non stop, and at age 16 had a kid- went on Welfare, and before her years of benefits ran out, THE WELFARE DEPARTMENT helped her transition over to SSI.
Psychologist gave her an ADHD label; wasn't enough, so they tried again. This time she added that she also "heard voices", and she was in!
She has never worked a day in her life, but has managed to pop out four kids- who also get benefits.
Her life has been one long party of drugs and booze, and there's not a damn thing anyone can do about it!
She is 27 now, and lives at a much higher standard than I ever did working 10 hour, hard labor days - and we're paying for it!
I personally know quite a few more cases like this, and they are ALL capable of working,but, hey; why should they?
No way the could have it as good as they do now!
They also have 100%! yeah, that's right! 100% medical/ dental coverage!!! Can't afford to do that for the retired folk, but I guess the social leeches need it more than we do, eh?
I say "what the heck; bring on the hispanics"; I don't need a roof over my head as much as they need my tax dollars.
I really, really, REALLY hope there is such a thing as karma. That's the only thing that would make me feel like 45 years of hard work and paying my taxes wasn't a completely futile effort.
I am not sure who it is you speak of. I don't know anyone getting free dental. I have four broken teeth and can't afford to go too dentist. I wish I could get help with permanent teeth replacement, what a blessing that would be. I have lived through several hurricanes so I know what I speak and what these things can do.