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Men Find Careers in Collecting Disability

Bulldog74 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 9:05 AM
I remember the case from a few years ago here in Massachusetts (of course!), where a firefighter continued to collect disability even though he was taking part in bodybuilder competitions. Keep in mnd this is the same state where it was determined that a convicted murderer had a "right" to a sex-change operation.
Stan432 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 12:24 PM
Bulldog . . . that is a whole new can of worms! Every other cop and fireman is on disability when they retire. And so is every other soldier (it's true for front line guys their knees get jacked up from 60+lb packs). Every other union guy is on disability. I know a guy that worked for the telephone company for 30 years, took a huge pension buyout (like $400k) and then we discovered he didn't retire, but he's on disability. Oh, and though he has some medical issues that didn't stop him from working, suddenly the same issues make him "disabled".
Americans are very generous to people with disabilities. Since passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, millions of public and private dollars have been spent on curb cuts, bus lifts and special elevators.

The idea has been to enable people with disabilities to live and work with the same ease as others, as they make their way forward in life. I feel sure the large majority of Americans are pleased that we are doing this.

But there is another federal program for people with disabilities that has had an unhappier effect. This is the disability insurance (DI) program, which...