FWIW, the whole system is cockeyed. I meet junkies who get disability because they are junkies. A true self-fulfilling prophecy.
At the same time, I support my "cat ladies" by providing them a house and a car to sustain the 25 cats tat live with them and the hundreds of other cats they foster, spay and neuter.
This is a female couple, together for over 25 years. One of them works and makes $12.50 an hour dispatching brake parts to dealers. The other one stays home and takes care of the cats (25 cats - spotless house) and her leg is so gimpy she can't find work. We got her a job at a Vet but they insisted she lift heavy dogs by herself and she just couldn't. She asked another guy to help her for one minute and got fired for it.
For over a year, we have been put through the disability circus. After you fill out one set of forms, they send more forms. They want medical exams but they won't pay for them so you wait months to see the one fee doctor. If the doctor doesn't come in on your day, they make you start over. So WTF? The system is broken.
Disability fraud hurts people in real need. They should be re-examined frequently and spied on to insure they don't have cash jobs on the side. But those who are actually disabled should get help.
Last week I picked up a hooker (not an escort) at MacDonalds. She has ADD and gets disability at the ripe old age of 21. She said "I don't really have ADD but as long as they want to send me money....". Needless to say, she does have other income sources (I gave her $200 but I won't tell you why :-)).
The problem is more government competence than policy. Yet I have yet to attend an election where any kind of crackdown was suggested by either party.
I'll gues that most people on disability are truly disabled and live marginally even with their government check. But there are enough flagrant frauds that it makes the system look bad. This could be fixed - but it won't.
Hence a lot of Boomers going onto disability roles that were "chasers"...you know...those despicable folks that worked shifts on assembly mines or in coal mines. Not cool performance driven folk like yourself.
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