“This is painful for a liberal to admit,” writes liberal New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, “but conservatives have a point when they suggest that America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in soul-crushing dependency.” Kristof is writing from Breathitt County, Ky., deep in the Appalachian mountains, about mothers whose Supplemental Security Income benefits will decrease if their children learn to read. Kristof notes that 55% of children qualifying for SSI benefits do so because of “fuzzier intellectual disabilities short of mental retardation,” far more than four decades ago when SSI was just a new program.
The headline is correct, but the article itself is poorly written (and I usually like Barone). By definition, people on SSI have a significant disability. Access to SSI means automatic access to Medicaid. To a person with significant medical issues, that can be more important than the SSI money.
Now, what happens if the person on SSI attempts to work? First of all, every dollar of income (over $20 per month) has to be reported back to Social Security on a monthly basis. For every dollar over $65 you earn in a month, SSI takes back 50 cents for every $1 you earn. (Talk about tax rates for fat cats! Over 50% for the poor on SSI - for they also have to pay payroll taxes on top of this 50%.)
Social Security realizes this disincentive and has set up a program, Ticket to Work, that is so complex that only a bureaucrat can appreciate it. It rarely is used - too complicated for businesses to comply, and those with intellectual or developmental disabilities cannot possibly understand it.
So yes, soul-crushing dependency, but not due to the money; rather, due to the bureaucratic rules.
When our elder son, then 19, was in a head-on crash we were encouraged to apply for SSI on his behalf. A few years later he was finally able to hold a job, and about a year after that was doing well enough that we wrote a letter thanking the govt for their kind assistance and letting them know he no longer needed it. Our thanks in return was a letter from them demanding a refund of the entire past 2 years of payments.
In 19whn Richard Nixon as fighting to remain as president, SSI was offered to the liberals as a goodie to deflect them. It is a program out of control. #2, you don´t need a significant disability. SSI can be applied to newborns. A couple of years ago, in Waterford, Pa, little baby was starved to death, and its sibling twin was nearly starved to death. The 19 year old mother did it, withholding food from the twins. And the twins were on SSI because they were born prematurely. You don´t need a significant disability. The courts have ruled that if a child acts up in school, that represents a learning disability, which is coverned under SSI. The payment is known in some areas as a ´crazy check.´ And if a person is an alcoholic or drug addict, that person is eligible for SSI. But SSI money has to be spent immediately. So it is not unusual for a person new to SSI to get several months´ checks all at once, and overdose on drugs or alcohol and die. SSI is perhaps the worst social program in the history of our country.
Creating dependency is the pathway to power. This is the co-dependency that is the life-blood of democrats. Those who seek their dominion over others rely on this dependency to feed their own addiction. The Democratic party has institutionalized this human weakness and has successfully marketed it as a benefit. A strong and independent voter is useless to such ilk and therefore, marginalized.
For the life of me, after all the study and research I´ve done on the matter, I still don´t understand the desire of holding dominion over another, but it truly is a mental disorder.
Taking care of the aged, infirm, needy individuals is humane, civilized and worthy of a country such as the US. We had developed a formula where the Government and public funds would blend and work with private charity and community based resources to make it happen. That is NOT what we are talking about here. Pushing Grandma´s wheelchair over the cliff is a red herring (mis)used every time to avoid a serious discussion on this topic. Our Fearless Reader better at it than anyone else. A whopping 33% Americans receiving some form of public entitlement payment is a grotesque, obscene and perverse caricature of this noble goal. How we got here is a long and complicated story. But the answer is not. We HAVE to get back to more normal and natural levels. It won´t happen overnight but that should not be used as an excuse to not even try. There is genuine fear among the Republican rank and file that Boehner & Co. might be ready to sell the producers, wealth creators, givers of this country down the river. Zippy on the other hand has made his intentions as clear as Hitler did his in Mein Kampf, that he does not intend to yield an inch and in fact will drive the 33% even higher if he can get away with it. Is anyone willing to read?
The first sentence in any article of this type is that the money spent on all of these programs is borrowed with teh debt being added to future generations. There also be an explanation that payroll taxes extracted from a person are really a substitute for the portion of their life that was spent in earning the money and when we add to the national debt we are actually taking away part of the lives of future working people.
second post apologies - but I used to teach a course in Benefits administration, at the graduate level. And each year i brought in a speaker from the Social Security Administration, to explain the programs in his agency. His first words to the class were always, "Does anyone know what a ponzi scheme is?" He went on to explain SSI, and how a minors check is sent usually to baby momma, and if she has a half dozen kids on crazy checks, that is worth about 5000 tax free dollars to her each month. There is no requirement that she spend the money on the chillun. So in many cases, she coaches each child to act like the other children in the family to get an additional crazy check. And the SS rep also told my students how an alcoholic who couldn´t handle money could designate his alternate payee - often his bartender! Finally, the social security administration does not have the capacity to offer social services, counseling, and the like. They just do the paperwork and the money flows to the recipients.
What a potential pot of gold for the 20 million person plus illegal alien population, who you can bet have all sorts of yet to be discovered developmental disabilities, once Obama does get them all legalized.
Now the illegal alien population has no resource but to work hard for little pay.
Once legalized, with human nature being what it is, along with the fact that the very liberal ethnic and immigrant community organizers allied politically to the Obama Administrator will be working non-stop to eventually get as many as possible of those legalized people signed up as liberal Democrat voters, you can bet that this SSI sitting duck will be one of the prime vehicles they will use to ensure that as many of those legalized people are as dependent upon the US Government as possible.
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Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
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The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters: