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Sunday, May 4 - 6:16pmSanction this postReply
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I have a new post up on the disturbing trend in exploding federal disability benefits, which I've been following for some time:

 

None Dare Call It Welfare

 

Spend a morning at any District Court criminal calendar and you’ll hear the following refrain so often you’ll think you’re on the set of a horrible sequel to the movie Groundhog Day:

 

Judge: “Are you employed?”

Defendant: “I’m on disability, your honor.” ...

 

The “disability” the defendants are “on” is a government program called Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). If some of them look like they could bench press you above their heads, it’s because they probably could.

 

SPOILER ALERT: They aren’t actually disabled, at least not in any physical or factual sense of the term. But they are receiving free medical care and a monthly annuity from the federal government, and they will continue to do so on the sole condition that they don’t find gainful employment...

 

The most intractable problem right now is that so few are aware of the exponential growth of the SSDI program, or understand the tacitly endorsed fraud taking place. Calling disability what it actually is - welfare - is a first step in the right direction to building the political capital necessary for much-need reforms.

 

(Edited by Teresa Summerlee Isanhart on 5/05, 2:52pm)

 

(Edited by Teresa Summerlee Isanhart on 5/05, 4:34pm)



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Monday, May 5 - 9:26amSanction this postReply
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Your link doesn't work.

 

Here is a Forbes article about it, with some graphs.

 

(Edited by Merlin Jetton on 5/05, 9:28am)



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Monday, May 5 - 10:18amSanction this postReply
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Very sorry. Not sure what went wrong and the forum software won't let me edit on my computer or phone.

 

Here is a link that should work:

 

thenewversailles.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/none-dare-call-it-welfare/



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Monday, May 5 - 2:54pmSanction this postReply
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I don't know why your link isn't working. I tried adding an http prefix, but no luck. 



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Monday, May 5 - 3:58pmSanction this postReply
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For whatever reason that link has the RoR site and folder address inserted between the "HTTP://" and the intended blog address - all mashed together like one long address:

 

     http://rebirthofreason.com/Forum/GeneralForum/thenewversailles.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/none-dare-call-it-welfare/

 

When it should have been:

 

     http://thenewversailles.wordpress.com/2014/05/05/none-dare-call-it-welfare/



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Monday, May 5 - 4:30pmSanction this postReply
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RoR does that, Steve.  The string doesn't look like that when I tried to edit the link. I dunno. 



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Monday, May 5 - 4:36pmSanction this postReply
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Huh, there, now it works.  I also told the link to open in a new window. 



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