The article is referencing New York Times post....only discussing disability
fraud not social security payments. Trump promised to not cut social
security.....not disability. He also is the only president to try to trim many
federal budgets and to cause a plummet in people requesting welfare.
Unemployment has drastically dropped. Why criticize such a benign idea? Social
media is fair play. At least ideas are being thrown around. Focus on congress
instead of Trump. He’s not a player in their eyes and they will continue
to do nothing about this problem.
Light and Liberty..you are wrong.
@Third,I admit I posted without reading the article. An article
about Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) has nothing to do with Social
Security. That is a whole other bear.SSDI; should be a whole
separate ball of wax; but I assume Congress has instituted that just as poorly
as with Social Security. My wife is truly disabled; and she gets disability
payments; to the tune of a whooping $146 per month (not even enough for food to
live on, let alone housing, let alone anything else). I somehow suspect all
this "fraud" isn't really as lucrative as people make it out to be.
The amount of SSDI that a person gets is directly related to how much a person
worked and made before becoming disabled. (Thus people who are "lazy"
and collecting disability fraudulently, aren't getting very much--because
they didn't work much.)My wife has been disabled from birth;
the only reason she gets any money at all; is because through high school they
put her in some work programs so she did a little bit of assisted work; and then
Walmart (the largest employer of the disabled); actually allowed her to work for
a while (despite her not being able to do the work they assigned).
I think one of our last 'esteemed' Democratic congressman from Utah,
Jim Mathison (sp), was emphatic about what a sound financial footing the Social
Security was on and any Republican who dared suggest a plan to curtail the ponzi
scheme was akin to Atila the Hun. Heaven forbid that someone actually tells us
the history of FDR's scheme. Yet, if anyone that draws their philosophy
from Socialism will just continue to tell us the virtues of having government
control of everything from retirement to Health care don't want to talk
about the chaos and downside that eventually happens from those ideas. I am all
for fixing Social Security, getting the government out of everything except
constitutionally defined, but many want it both ways. They want Social Security
stabilized, but higher taxes to do it, or, better yet, another government
program that will fail. When will they learn? Thank god we have those who just
believe in our country the way it should have always been, a Constitutional
Republic with liberty, protections, and freedom as its best. Socialism, or
anything that looks similar, is anathema to freedom.
Nothing will save Social Security. Billed to the American public as an
investment into a "retirement fund"; Yet designed as a pyramid scheme;
and worse practiced as a ponzi scheme (with Congress commonly taking money out
to use elsewhere).... It is forever doomed. There is no possible way to sustain
it.It should be completely disbanded from the current practice; and
if instituted again it should be designed and instituted as it was originally
billed; as investments into a "retirement fund" with each individual
taking out only what they put in (plus interest).
Gee, I thought this editorial was going to be about Social Security. You know,
that earned benefit for retired people.Instead, it was about a
disability program.Now, in the real world LTD and STD were separate
programs from pensions and retirement accounts. They are different animals
altogether.Government was a little slow on that one.Then
again, they were a little slow in figuring out that you can't fund a
pension program with a rate of return that loses money every year. You end up
with a Ponzi scheme, paying old investors with deposits from the new
investors.As for disability, the TV commercials for social security
lawyers are hilarious. They tell us all we need to know about our culture.
"Increase taxes, cut benefits, or reduce waste."Reality
screams that cutting benefits would be a far bigger disaster, and a more
immediate disaster than any fiscal problems that loom. When did you ever fix a
money deficit by decreasing your income? Conservatives always say we should
treat the federal budget like a family budget...until it comes to increasing
income. Fraud should be eliminated, but not on the basis of
political ideology, but rather on the basis of need and the law.
Social Security is an easy fix if ideology would get out of the way.