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Men Find Careers in Collecting Disability

Ron-CA Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 11:10 AM
With SDI running about $800 a month I hardly think people are making a career out of collecting SDI. That said, we obviously need to have a stricter standard to define what is and is not a disability so that those who are truly in need receive some help.
lshort Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 2:57 PM
That's how much my mother-in-law gets and she lives on it. Yes, her life is boring and dirty and constrained and deprived and filled with poverty but she would rather have that life than actually get and keep a job instead. Yeah, I don't get it either.
Trublu Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 1:09 PM
"we obviously need to have a stricter standard to define what is and is not a disability"....how about this if the person does not have a wound, a brace, a cast, a missing appendage, wheel chair, crutches, walker, genetic defect, recognized disease or cancer then No disability. We need to quit pretending we don't know who is disabled and who is not. I'm old enough to remember when the disabled asked to be given a chance and treated like everyone else.
jturning Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 11:46 AM
SDI pays much more than that depending on how you've earned and paid into the system. I want to say the last notice I received I would make around $1200 a month. The longer you pay in and the more you make, the higher this amount would be. And yes, losers are making a career out of collecting it. I have a place full of them nearby, able bodied men, that have no jobs sharing a place. They hang out all day and get high trying to sell weed to supplement their income. I just don't understand why there is a disconnect with all the people that work and pay taxes who don't realize this is their money being taken and abused.
Michael2677 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 11:35 AM
SDi + Food Stamps + rent/fuel assistance + eligibility for education assistance and other Government goodies (free cell phones/internet!) = Fat city for some people. Don't forget all the independent charities on top of that. Once you earn the moniker of "poor person" in a society that can't stand the thought of suffering you can be rather comfortable if you know the ropes.

Typically the above goodies are in addition to a family member working under the table or maybe dealing dope. Nobody is living on $800/month pal.
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...