Study: Most On Disability Can Work, Don’t Want To

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In 2009, the Social Security Administration (SSA) put together a study intended to gauge the character traits, behaviors and tendencies of people who were receiving Federal disability checks. Although the study was a matter of public record, it wasn’t intended to communicate its findings to the public — only to academics and policymakers.

The Washington Examiner recently analyzed the raw data from that study, going through the individual responses of 2,300 respondents — each of whom was on Federal disability in 2009.

What the newspaper found was at the same time both predictable and, in a disgusting way, shocking:

Recipients of federal disability checks often admit that they are capable of working but cannot or will not find a job, that those closest to them tell them they should be working, and that working to get off the disability rolls is not among their goals.

And even though many of the Nation’s 11 million SSDI (earned disability) enrollees, along with 7 million SSI (unearned disability) recipients, cite medical reasons for getting and remaining on disability, most of them reported that they had never received any kind of medical treatment for their stated illness and that they hadn’t been to a doctor for any reason related to their condition in more than a year.

Among many more details, the survey demonstrated:

  • 71 percent of SSDI recipients — those who’ve paid some money in to Social Security through payroll deductions from previous jobs — said they aren’t looking to return to work; 60 percent of SSI recipients — those who haven’t ever had a payroll deduction (and, in all likelihood, a job) — said they have no interest in finding work.
  • 75 percent of the SSDI recipients said they aren’t likely to go back to work within five years; 65 percent of the SSI recipients said the same thing.
  • 87 percent of SSDI recipients admitted they don’t want to look for employment because they don’t want to lose their disability check — not because of the disability that’s allegedly preventing them from working in the first place; 81 percent of SSI recipients said the same thing.
  • Of those few SSDI beneficiaries who did attempt to find a job while receiving disability benefits, 72 percent said they were paid under the table; 70 percent of SSI recipients said the same thing.

Have you ever known someone who’s milking the system in similar fashion? Most of us have witnessed it firsthand at least once in our working lives.

Are you legitimately disabled and have a story to share about freeloaders you’ve seen who are able to work, but continue to receive the same (or greater) benefits that you receive? Sound off in the comments.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Ciccio

    They can be readily identified by their mobility scooters, paid for courtesy of taxpayers. Now you also know why these scooters cost $3-4000 each, the same price you pay for a small garden tractor with all the trimmings

    • Quester55

      CICCIO, You have NO idea of What your talking about!
      As I stated before, Only a very Few get their Power-chairs for free, Most have to pass Testing to see if they can’t get by with a Common Wheel-Chair.

      AND at last look, A Disabled person Could Not drive a small Tractor in the store!
      I Gather that Your one of The OBAMA Crotch Feeders, we are starting to see everywhere, trying to start Problems for others, by speaking lies & Propaganda, to those sheep out there that will listen to your garbage!

  • Jeffrey T

    Im not a lazy [EXPLETIVE DELETED]! I got hurt after 18 yrs military service 12 FD 18 EMT have had 6 back surgeries and have had 36 on my right arm sense 2005 & most recent one 1 month ago! I also have to look forward to atleast 2 more back surgeries! I could make a FRACK MORE WORKING FULL TIME than living off SSDI & VA disability! I would rather be whole again than what my life is now. I look at ALL THE [EXPLETIVE DELETED] DID IN 18 YRS! Only now my life SUCKS because I go hurt Rescuing someone

    • TombstoneLizard

      Though it may be of little comfort, Jeffrey, that may well have been my son or daughter you rescued. To know that you were out there sacrificing your health and your life, trust me when I say “Thank You” from the bottom of my heart. As a fellow vet, I hope that my letters to the VA and my elected officials help to stimulate proper care and benefits for my brothers and sisters in arms. Trust me, I know how it is, and you are never alone on this. God bless.

      • Ringgo1

        We will be better standing together. Thank you for your service. G-d bless us all.

        VSM, 1972

      • Jeffrey T

        Thank you right back for your service as well sir & to all who said thank you I appreciate it very much. In my service I never took a life just always Rescued & helped both Military & Civilian FF. Yes us Vets need 2 stand together, to bad our govt didnt feel the same way, alot of vets getting screwed over ” including me” they wont give me total disability “Because of wording” So basicly its so they can save money & other vets getting same treatment. I have not worked sense 2005 & last surgery was just over 1 month ago # 36 on rt arm! Also looking at # 5 upcoming on my back then 2 more after it. Just kinda sux being broken & g- friend dumped me and have been single sense 2006 Somedays I think it would be easier just to give up & eat a bullet but im to stubborn 2 do that ” least now that is” it just jacks me up when someone generalizes & says disabled people are lazy or milking the system! Becausei like I said be4 I wiould give anything to be able to work again. I would be making a hell of alot more money + being able to do the things I did before ” Adrenaline rush” doing some of my old jobs plus the no woman wants a broken vet thing sux too its embarrasing but ive had to have my mom trained to help me after thei surgeries and she is 70 now so thats a big stress now because once she is gone I dont know wihat im gonna do after my surgeries because I cant drive long distances because of getting my back screwed up and screwued back together.
        Oh well what can I do huh? Whats the saying? What doesnt kill us makes us stronger???
        also was said I have a ” Hell of a guardian Angel on my shoulder”
        Sorry for the long post. But u know Us “LAZY PEOPLE” LOL

        • TombstoneLizard

          Jeffrey, the old saw “When a door closes, a window opens.” To me, that means opportunity may not knock again, so we have to fly out the window and find it on our own wings. I know there are moments when it feels like it’s better off to be dead, and it’s not cowardly to feel that way. However, I find that every moment of pain I get through (as long as I apologize in advance for being an ass to the ones I love!) I become stronger in ways only people like you and I comprehend. Pain makes us put aside pride and ego; we have to ask for help, but that also means we have to help others freely. I think the words “God helps those who help themselves” also should include “..and then God REALLY helps those who help others.” Don’t give up on giving of yourself. You got hurt while giving, true, but there are other ways to heal. I know that if you think about it, you will find ways to reconnect with your soul through your pain. Don’t worry so much about benefits and social Security and the VA. They are what they are; limited by their own existence. You are not: You are far more. Go out there and find find it. Find someone worse off than you. Go to a children’s cancer ward and meet the kids and play games with them. Feed your soul, and your heart and mind will learn to fly where your body could never have gone in the first place. My best to you, and the brothers and sisters you have served with. Now go find some more people to call family!

    • Ringgo1

      Thank you for your service, Jeffrey. I still have fond memories of the only Corpsman in my last squad. I pray for you. Best wishes, also.

      VSM, 1972.

      • Jeffrey T

        Thank you Ringgo right back at you & yhank you 4 yours as wll 2

  • terryk

    Why should they want to work when the government will support them? Another scandal in the making

    • Peggy S Morris

      It seems most of my family in Ky. is on disability – particularly since Obma killed the coal indistry.

      • Quester55

        Peggy S. Morris, If that is truly the Case 7 you KNOW for a FACT that your Family is FAKING their disability’s, Than it’s YOUR DUTY as an Honest American, To Turn Them IN to the proper Authority’s !
        There is only 2 ways of Looking at your case, Your either part of the Problem, OR Your Part of the Solution!
        Question is; Where do you Stand ??

        • Ringgo1

          Do you think readers of your posts are keeping up? Sorry, I’m about 14 hours late. I’ll read on…

    • Quester55

      Terry K. , If you live & work long enough, In this Country, without Suffering an LIFE Altering Illness or Injury, count yourself Lucky.
      However, if you Fall, or Get Run over, Have your Legs crushed, your Hand or Arm get Cut in an accident, that Wasn’t Your Fault, Are you telling us all that You’ll not sue your Business for damages??
      And Are you saying that You’ll Never take any Workers comp.?
      Who’ll continue to Feed your Family when Your Insurance Money runs OUT?

      Think on there Very Real Things, Before you go judging others!

      • TombstoneLizard

        Quester, Terry’s statement doesn’t support or indicate abolition of benefits; only that it is scandalous that far too many people who get it DO NOT deserve it, or NEVER paid into it, or are ILLEGALLY receiving it. It’s not an unfounded “judgment call” to question those who CHOOSE not to work and support themselves IF they are mentally and physically capable. I had to go to my doctor’s for years of treatment to build up my case, and I dragged my feet applying for benefits because of my own pride against seeking government aid. When things finally crashed and burned due to my disability, I was forced to seek it and prove my case. As long as the approvals require as strict a screening as mine entailed, drug abusers and slackers will be prevented from getting benefits. When high standards for disability are consistently applied, in every town or city; with encouragements in place for those who seek to return to the workforce, this issue will fade away.

  • pongodude

    I tried working. Got taxed double . not lazy [EXPLETIVE DELETED] thank you

  • Quester55

    after reading the first 4 comments below, I can see a Socialistic pattern forming, made up of Hate & Ignorance!
    Hate for ALL, Not Some of us, that are Truly Disabled & Want to work, VS those bums that wish to be Welfare Junkies!
    Ignorance, in the true FACTS of the help that the Government is willing to Supply.

    For example, those Electric Wheelchairs. Most & not All, Are Paid in Part by those that get them, the Wait can be YEARS before you get one & even then, you still come under the CO-PAY Clause. ” Rarely does anyone Get theirs for Free! As for the HYPE ‘ Hover-Round “, gives out, NOT ALL Suppliers out there are from HOVER-ROUND, so take those ads with a grain of salt.
    As for the rest, we’ll always have those that have heard from a Friend of a friend who’s sister’s first Cousin got Herr’s Free & on the Taxpayers Cuff.
    While it may be true that Some disabled persons are milking the system, Please don’t include us ALL!
    By the way, many of those powered Chairs Came about from Insurance Settlements, Or PRIVATE DONATIONS. So it’s best to Belay that Scuttlebutt
    (Roomer’s) or negative Propaganda and start treating us with some Respect!

    besides, Many of us are VETS, Who gave you your freedom!

    • kobrien674

      Nobody owes us vets anything except respect and thanks/appreciation.

  • Quester55

    Charles, Speaking of yourself, How’s your Mother??

  • TexasOlTimer

    Back in the ’70s, getting on disability was almost impossible. The husband of a co-worker was disabled with a back injury. He was unable to get out of bed and they had to have 24 hour nursing for him utilizing a male nurse that was able to handle the gentleman’s weight. He was denied three times before he was finally approved and it took several years. That was the norm, not the exception.

    Another lady in our town had developed a disease that rendered her helpless. She was denied four times by Social Security and finally was approved a week after her funeral.

  • TexasOlTimer

    Back in the ’70s, getting on disability was almost impossible. The husband of a co-worker was disabled with a back injury. He was unable to get out of bed and they had to have 24 hour nursing for him utilizing a male nurse that was able to handle the gentleman’s weight. He was denied three times before he was finally approved and it took several years. That was the norm, not the exception.

    Another lady in our town had developed a disease that rendered her helpless. She was denied four times by Social Security and finally was approved a week after her funeral.

  • Laissez-Faire Rothbardian

    My wife works for a disability advocacy group. She takes calls from people who want to get disability benefits from the government. She says that for every person that has a legit reason to ask for those benefits, she also gets dozens of people just “giving it a try” to see if they can get any benefits by doing nothing. This study does not surprise me at all to be honest, and I am sure she wouldn’t be surprised as well.

    • FreedomFighter

      The entitlements are so good, its extremely hard for the uneducated and unskilled to live a better life working (officially), esp if they have multiple children…then their is also the lazy…to them I have no sympathy.
      Laus DeoSemper FI

  • mr

    I’d almost bet a lot or them are part of the people who lost their jobs in theis time of high employment and their unemployment benefits have run out. What are people supposed to do with no money? It comes down to anything to be able to live. I don’t blame them.

    • Vigilant

      “What are people supposed to do with no money?”

      Get a job.

    • kobrien674

      How do people with no disabilities pass the required medical exams?

  • ChuckS123

    I read that England required it’s disability recipients to get a doctor’s exam. A large % didn’t come in. Of the ones who got an exam, a large % were found fit for work and a number were fit for some work.

    • kobrien674

      Here I was examined by a battery of doctors, 3 military, 5 civilian consults, 2 VA, and 2 Social Security. I was told by the Social Security Administration that if I didn’t go to the scheduled Social Security medical exams that I’d likely be denied. They were strict, even with already being rated by the VA as 100% permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty. They checked me up and down, backwards and forwards, inside and out. Maybe I was an exception? Sounds like some folks just send in paperwork and get disability.

  • laura merrone

    Our neighbor did hurt his back on his job. He then went on SSDI. Now, he works very actively out of his house doing all kinds of odd jobs and even painting houses. It doesn’t look like he’s very disabled at all, any more than any other man his age. Of course, everything he made was “under the table” to keep getting his benefits still claiming his back was bad.

    • Hard Boiled

      you could report it. he may have had an issue at one time but got better, and just neglected to report it. thats usually what happened, so they dont lose benefits. get him on video and report him, its fraud. it makes those of us who truly need it look bad, and makes it harder to get.

  • Jake Thomas

    I was hurt on the job, my company has a disability plan that gives me 60% of my regular pay. They required me to apply for SSDI so they don’t have to pay as much. SSDI denied. Seems while I have a “Real” disability, they say I can just keep myself drugged out and go back to work – my disability doesn’t qualify. Now if I was obese, or a drug addict or an alcoholic – I’d be receiving a check from SSDI every F’in month

    • MeanieHead

      You’re an idiot. Being “obese” isn’t a disability. Quit being a jackass just because you’re pissed off.

      • Jake Thomas

        First, I’m not “Pissed off”. Second, I agree that obesity is not a disability. Third, SSA does think it’s a disability.

        • Hard Boiled

          not 100lbs overweight dumbass, you have to be like 500 or 600lbs and have a thyroid issue, its not just a case of being fat to get it. truly obese people cant walk, and most of them are incontinent, or cant even get out of the house because they are so large.

      • CintiCB

        Obesity might not, actually, be a disability, but, there are those who get SSI for being obese. Some even get it for being illiterate!!! TEACH THEM TO READ!!

  • RL

    True stories-female, 24, has HIV and bipolar disorder. Refuses to take meds for either. Sought minimal medical and psychiatric care. She received HIV from a promiscuous lifestyle and the bipolar disorder is questionable. She actively held parties with underage males, got them drunk, and had sex w/o protection after she contracted the disease. (She bragged about doing this.) She receives SSD and SSDI for her and her children. Never worked for more than 6 months at a time.
    Male, 19, at a beer/liquor party with 2 of his friends, hosted by a 26 yr old female in the company of 2 14 yr olds, a 16 yr old, 18 yr old and 3 19 yr old people. 18 yr old female leaves party to go get bf and returns to party. Less than 15 minutes later, the 3 drunk underaged males attack the 21 yr old. One of the 19 yo males gets stabbed so the 21 yo can escape the situation. (self defense with a pocket knife). At trial 19 yo admits he was the aggressor, however, the 21 yo was sentenced to 20 yrs, 10yrs in, 10 probation. The 19 yo admitted in court that he had never held a job, however, he now receives SSD and SSDI because the cannot move his pinky finger because of a fight he started.
    In both of these instances, neither individual had contributed anything into the system and were the direct cause of their issues because of their lifestyles and choices made. Neither should have ever been approved for disability.

    • Hard Boiled

      i dont know who these people are but you should be reporting them, not trying to punish those of us who have it for real reasons.

    • Quester55

      Whats one out of millions?

  • Ball

    If they didn’t encourage the disability workers to file everybody so they can insure their job continues, and inform the applicants what to say to get approved, and tell them it is OK to lie because everybody does it, they wouldn’t deny applicants 3 to 4 times before approval. But you have a president who lied to get elected and no politicians from any party who objected, and the media that is nothing more than a propaganda machine, so they are all guilty and should be prosecuted. Stop paying people to be drunks and drug addicts, and quit paying illegals and foreigners who never payed a dime into SS, and put some controls on the environmental Nazi’s who are out to destroy America with fake reports.

    • Guest

      You can’t be denied that many times before approval. If you’re denied that many times, you’re done. The first two, application and appeal, are handled by a front line bean counter who goes over the paperwork comparing it to guidlines they have to follow exactly, and always denies everything if it doesn’t fit the guidelines as written, perfectly, which few do. The third time is with a judge who questions you and goes over all of the medical records and witness statements, and since I was approved by the judge I don’t remember if there’s yet another appeal. There may be but if the JUDGE turns you down it’s pretty much over.

    • Guest

      You can’t be denied that many times before approval. If you’re denied that many times, you’re done. The first two, application and appeal, are handled by a front line bean counter who goes over the paperwork comparing it to guidlines they have to follow exactly, and always denies everything if it doesn’t fit the guidelines as written, perfectly, which few do. The third time is with a judge who questions you and goes over all of the medical records and witness statements, and since I was approved by the judge I don’t remember if there’s yet another appeal. There may be but if the JUDGE turns you down it’s pretty much over.

      • Quester55

        Guest, I Think you should go back & Re-Read ” Hard-Boiled’s”Comment again! He Stated:you would be incorrect on that. ” I had over 100 pages ,” of files to fill out, and i had to have documented proof of my surgeries.” He Didn’t say that he was Rejected 100 times, As you seem to think he was saying.

      • Quester55

        Guest, I Think you should go back & Re-Read ” Hard-Boiled’s”Comment again! He Stated:you would be incorrect on that. ” I had over 100 pages ,” of files to fill out, and i had to have documented proof of my surgeries.” He Didn’t say that he was Rejected 100 times, As you seem to think he was saying.

    • Hard Boiled

      you would be incorrect on that. i had over 100 pages of files to fill out, and i had to have documented proof of my surgeries, the medications, the xrays of my broken bones, my paralysis. i became a diabetic when my organs shut down, my pancreas was one of them. i was only taking High Blood pressure meds before my spine was snapped, now i am taking 15 meds a day. i take insulin so i can eat, every time i do. i have to piss through a tube. not all of us are having the drug induced and alcohol fun that you seem to think we are.

  • Tired

    Charles……….. I’d love to work…….. As I did for some near 35 years. Having served 6 years in the military as well. Then I had that physical, and received that call from my doc, no one ever wishes to get….. I spent multiple years on chemo, have had near a dozen surgeries, lost over 50 lbs, and am now, forever labeled/identified as a ‘hire risk’……….. I don’t look so sick….. But have days where I can’t hardly walk, let alone, take care of myself… Alone as I am… I would give anything to return to the work I loved so… And still dream of work every night…
    Yet….. Employer’s won’t touch me, despite my credentials, as I’m seen as too large a risk, insurance wise……. Sooooo…. For all you so easy to judge someone, based on your uninformed opinion, I say give thanks and grace that it’s not you! Who’s trying to have a life, survive, and still contribute in any way back………..

    • TombstoneLizard

      I’m with you, T. This economy doesn’t help, either, but we all do what we must: I just hate seeing those, who have no concept or desire of working for a living, draining that which the rest of us have worked so hard to pay into.

    • Jeffrey T

      Tired! Sounds like u stepped into my life! Though I havent gotten the phone call u did ( Yet) but I have suspicion that will be on my plate soon as well. ( Have a sore lump in my throat) that is gonna be addressed next weel at Drs office as well as upcoming back surgeries( 4 so far) & just went through #36 on rt arm! I havent worked sense 2005. These people calling us lazy pisses me off. I would LOVE 2 SWITCH PLACES! & let them live my non- existant life of daily pain, stress, being single , & not being able to do the things or jobs I loved to do. Their are people who abuse the system & I know some who claim mental issues so they can collect 100% disability when they are physicaly fit as a fiddle. My disability of 100% was denied because of a ” wording/ sentance error” I havent worked sense 2005 when I got hurt & finnaly took me out of the game & have had way more than the average person on multiple injuries to try and fix me to a minimum of quality of life existance. I can relate to your story

  • Robbie

    The headline might very well be correct BUT so many on this site complain that the President has not created enough jobs. So if there are not enough jobs how can everyone go get a job? You can’t have it both ways.

    • Quester55

      For those that have Passed their Grades by Graduating the 12 Grade & are in good Health, I know of Hundreds of Jobs that weight for the Right people.! Try out,” The NAVY, MARINES, AIR-FORCE, ARMY, COAST GUARD, Your STATE RESERVES, ” Just don’t be a wimp & state there are NO JOBS out Their, AS THAT IS A LIE!!

      • Robbie

        Those sound like GOVERNMENT jobs to me! Isn’t that supposed to be a bad thing according to right wing types? Just saying.

        • Quester55

          Robbie, Any more, All jobs will soon be GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED JOBS, just as OBAMA, want’s it!
          As for the “Negative Propaganda ” Pushed out & fed to the Democrats, You-All need to go on a DIET OF TRUTH!!
          ON my Ship, we had nearly 77% Republicans, 22% Democrats & 2% Undecided, Non-cons & Brass, all SERVING, ALL LOVING, OUR GOD, COUNTRY FLAG & OUR FELLOW CITIZENS! All willing to Die to keep you all safe & now you people are willing to let Obama get away with turning us all into MUSLIM COMMUNIST, so you can feel safe!!

          • Robbie

            I’m not commenting on the motivation of those in the military. I was simply pointing out that they are government jobs. You might prefer to think that those in the military are hired and paid by private companies or whatever it is you think but, in reality, they are hired and paid by the GOVERNMENT.

          • Quester55

            Once again Robbie, You’ve Missed what I’ve Said, As A Vet of the Viet Nam Era, It was the TAX PAYER that Funded the war, Sure the Money went through the payroll office Controlled by the Government. And in your Slanted View The Government, Correction, The Federal Government is our Boss. big Deal, A Job is a Job, As Long as your Making a Living on what you earn, be happy.
            by the Way, IF I was doing the Same Job in Civilian Life, I would have been bringing home over $2500.00 per Month, Not the Monthly pay of $925.00 per month I got Serving in the Navy!!
            Just because it’s a Government Job, doesn’t mean that it’s a High Paying Job.so if You are Below the Age of 25, or is it 30 these days, & you want a Decent Job for Little work, Join any Branch of the Military, if Your Smart Enough, Unless your a Momma’s boy, Then the OBAMA League may put you to work.

          • Robbie

            It was the GOVERNMENT that got the U.S. involved in Vietnam. It was the GOVERNMENT and GOVERNMENT policies that created the conflict. It was the GOVERNMENT that directed the war and the GOVERNMENT that dealt with the other countries involved. It was the GOVERNMENT that organized the military and directed it every step of the way and it was the GOVERNMENT that raised the taxes to pay for the war not to mention paying members of the military. Many taxpayers were actually AGAINST the war as you may recall.

          • Quester55

            While on your Tirade, you should also include: it was the Government that Went to war with their Fellow citizens, to put an end to SLAVERY ! A SLAVERY that was Established in this Country, Before, the War of Independence!
            Yet, You & Your ANTI-Government COMMUNIST keep missing the FACT, It’s WE the Citizens that Hold as much BLAME as Anyone in Office Today, We Made the Mistakes of Voting for this Current Dictator or Not Voting for Mr. Romney simply from a Religious Standpoint. Forgetting that we Voted for a CATHOLIC, Fearing that He would be Pushed around by the POPE, & happily seeing how wrong our Fears where! & would have Seen how Wrong we would have been If the rest of us had voted for Romney!!
            No Robbie, Government isn’t your Scape Goat, There are some Mighty Strong, Honorable Men in Government today! it’s those Bilge Rats that Eat at OBAMA’S SWILL Tables, that we All have to watch out For.& Those like yourself, that would rather Sell your Freedoms for some FALSE SECURITY being offered by your Communistic Friends!

          • Robbie

            Clearly you don’t know what communism is.

          • Quester55

            as I learned in That place we once call High School, , Government Class, COMMUNISM, Was From the beginning a Harmless, Attempt to Form a ” Utopian Society “, However Lennon & Stalin pushed The Russians to Fast & Made Changes Way To Quickly, To make the Citizens accept the Theory of a UTOPIAN Form of Government, Where Everyone Made the Same Wage, Regardless of Skills, Education, or Family! As it turned out, AS IT ALWAYS TURNS OUT, The Citizens Rebelled & Thousands DIED, Trying to OVERTURN their now Communistic Government! It took Years before the Killing Stopped, Then only They were running out of Citizens to Kill! But Hay, You’ll love it Robbie, The Communist Hate The CHRISTIAN RELIGION, & You’ll fit right in.

          • Quester55

            as I learned in That place we once call High School, , Government Class, COMMUNISM, Was From the beginning a Harmless, Attempt to Form a ” Utopian Society “, However Lennon & Stalin pushed The Russians to Fast & Made Changes Way To Quickly, To make the Citizens accept the Theory of a UTOPIAN Form of Government, Where Everyone Made the Same Wage, Regardless of Skills, Education, or Family! As it turned out, AS IT ALWAYS TURNS OUT, The Citizens Rebelled & Thousands DIED, Trying to OVERTURN their now Communistic Government! It took Years before the Killing Stopped, Then only They were running out of Citizens to Kill! But Hay, You’ll love it Robbie, The Communist Hate The CHRISTIAN RELIGION, & You’ll fit right in.

  • Ibn Insha

    Take all the freebies away and you would see how fast disability and disease is eradicated from this country.

    • MeanieHead

      I was born with a neuromuscular disease (I’m a Jerry’s kid). I kind of resent your implication that I’m a freeloader since I was employed from age 18 to 49 with my disability and finally couldn’t do it any more. SOME people’s disabilities are REAL.

      • TombstoneLizard

        Sadly, you missed the point. Far too many DON’T want to TRY. However, please accept my heart-felt congratulations on doing everything in your power to be productive in your life. You do deserve the money you’ve earned, and I wish you all the very best!

        • kobrien674

          No, they got the point. Ibn Isha insinuated that everyone on disability isn’t disabled. That’s patently false and a discriminatory statement.

        • Quester55

          Sure there is Cheating within the System, And many Have learned to FAKE their ills, However, a cat Scan can remove 65% of the Fakes out there, If ONLY, it was Required in all Cases!
          What you should report on is What Happens to Those that are C ought FAKING their Injuries, IT’S Sever!!

    • lizard4445

      IT sounds like your VERY IGNORANT and VERY UNEDUCATED about the way SOME Illnesses and Diseases affect people Ibn Insha.. GET a CLUE and GET some KNOWLEDGE about these before you make Judgement and throw your ridicolous opinion out there..by the way I have Multiple Sclerosis and Im on Disability..

      • Quester55

        Is This, Ibn Insha, Even an American, In this Country Legally?, Or Just another visitor, Studying on our Dime, Complaining about things that DON’T Concern them??

    • kobrien674

      Military doctors examined, then doctors at the National Institutes of Health, the president’s doctor at Bethesda, doctors at the University of Miami Medial Center, Doctors at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, and doctors at the University of West Texas. Then VA medical examined and rated 100% totally and permanently disabled in the line of duty in the military. Now receiving SS disability. To get it I had to wait 2 years, get turned down twice (even with VA rating), then have a judge approve it after reviewing the records and questioning me. I had to be examined by several doctors working for Social Security. Their findings supported disability approval. So, Ibn Insha, I disagree with your premise. Not everyone receiving disability is a faking slug.

      • Quester55

        As one Vet to Another, Give-em HELL Brother!

    • Hard Boiled

      i hope you get your back broken or some other disabling condition, so you can eat those words.

    • Quester55

      Not to mention the Hundreds of thousands of us VETERANS That are Disabled, Fighting To Protect your Communistic ASS, Would All DIE without Treatment!!

  • PrepperBoy

    I’m on disability myself and am ACTIVELY doing everything within my ability to find a job that I’m able to do. To prefer living on less that $1000.00 a month and not being able to afford anything rather than getting out there and working is beyond me. I’m at least taking classes to learn to live and work with my condition

    • TombstoneLizard

      I was going to say the same thing, but you beat me to it. Living on the government tit is no great damn shakes! And then you’re PUNISHED for making X amount and not reporting it BEFORE you earn it? Ridiculous!

      • PrepperBoy

        That’s so true about having to report your earnings. But what the government doesn’t know is that I live in an area that has a low cost of living so the money I have left over goes toward getting things I’d need in case of an extremely severe (worse that usual) natural disaster.

        • Quester55

          Prepperboy, Correction, The Government didn’t Know, Until Now, When you Tossed it out to them, in your Comments!

  • Ringgo1

    Tell it, Ben!

  • bob rice

    Despite being physically disbled for many years, my wife was turned down. So I went back to work after retiiring and we are doing well.
    She has fibromyalgia, had 4 back fusion operations, deaf in one ear, carpal tunnel surgery on the right hand, was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in 1993, and has high blood pressure. She goes to a pain controll Dr. once a month and is on approximately 15 different medicines.
    I think most of those on disability could do better if they tried. We did.

  • bob rice

    Despite being physically disbled for many years, my wife was turned down. So I went back to work after retiiring and we are doing well.
    She has fibromyalgia, had 4 back fusion operations, deaf in one ear, carpal tunnel surgery on the right hand, was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in 1993, and has high blood pressure. She goes to a pain controll Dr. once a month and is on approximately 15 different medicines.
    I think most of those on disability could do better if they tried. We did.

  • disqus_dBIe0mKo35

    Anyone who is on SSi and or ssdi knows how hard it actually is to get on it you have to have a real disability to even be on it so this story it total BS

    • Quester55

      You got that Right! Took me Nearly a Year of Questions, examinations, 8 different doctors & thousands of MY own Money in Lawyers Fees before I was Accepted for SSDI.

      Those Fools that Claim Otherwise are Just Spreading False News & vicious Propaganda!!