The Social Security program ran a $47.8 billion deficit in fiscal 2012 as the program brought in $725.429 billion in cash and paid $773.247 for benefits and overhead expenses, according to official data published by Social Security Administration. The Social Security Administration also released new data revealing that the number of workers collecting disability benefits hit a record 8,827,795 in December--up from 8,805,353 in November.
Comments: First, the headline is a flat out lie. Second, why do so many conservatives set themselves up against SS? It is a losing battle. Retirees collecting SS were forced to pay into it all their working lives. It is not a welfare program although it looks like this Administration has turned SS Disability into one.
Social Security was not supposed to be a disability program - too many people, I know several, are lying about and lying about needing it. I told the persons about it also and they said it was suggested to them. Sorry, being preggers is not being disabled.
SSDI is for those who have worked the required number of quarters and are now disabled. It is part of Social Security.
SSI is for those who were disabled as children or who did not work the required number of quarters as adults before becoming disabled. While run by Social Security, it is not funded as part of the regular Social Security program.
With baby boomers now in their 50´s and 60´s, the time when new disabilities are most likely to arise, it isn´t surprising that there are more people on SSDI.
And with more and more disabled children (autism is now 1 in 88 versus 1 in 10,000 25 years ago), there will be larger and larger numbers on SSI as well.
The original name of SS was the Widows and Infants fund. Beyond that is noting more than a ponzi scheme to buy votes. My arsehole BIL voted O(And I had to spend the day at his house Tuesday) because he "contributed to SS since he started working in 1963!!" You moron, you were in banking and you think that %.1 on your SS contributions paid enough to carry you thru 2 darn years??
Who was so blind as to not see this coming when the elites came up with their phony "designer" disability mental diseases- PTSD, ADD and many, many other dumb made-up alphabet diseases that were nothing but wide open doors for liable lawyers to make a killing off of. Just look at the fantastic lists of remote possibility side effects drug companies have to post when they advertise- and why are they advertising drugs only your Doctor can prescribe is beyond me! We have actually become a dysfunctional society and we are starting to topple from our own shoddy constructions.
I was watching an old ABC clip about the epidemic of AIDS in the black community so I have to believe a lot of these claimants from the AIDS division of our promiscous fellow citizens.
How can you be aware of an AIDS epidemic and still have rcekless sex. It must be the internal animal that takes over.
Gwen Ifill was in on it and mystified why the government hasn´t done more.Like what?It´s a personal behavior issue.The big reason for it is bisexual men you et it from a gay then transmit it to a woman.
As #2 pointed out, SSI is not part of SS and is not funded by SS. it. is administered by SS. Too many people, low information people, I guess, thank they are the same. In reality, SS is fully funded until about 2036. It then starts running a deficit if nothing is done between now and then.
I get so incensed about this because of the way politicians looted the money in the SS Trust Fund, replaced it with US Bonds "backed by the full faith and honor of the US Gov" and then used the cash to buy votes. You see, they can´t use Bonds to buy votes but they can use the cash from the SS Trust Fund - so they convert it. Politicians find a way. Look closely at Harry Reid´s land deals that made him rich if you need a lesson in screwing the taxpayer. They are a cunning breed. And they hire other cunning people called Staff, paid for by us, to assist.
Hey, #7...your cash is nothing more than a promise "backed by the full faith and honor of the US Gov". Your dollar has NO intrinsic value. A Federal Reserve Note of 20 years ago is worth the same "dollar" as one printed yesterday.
Forgot to remind you about one of Dingy Hairy´s money grabbing schemes. Someone gifted him some land-locked land, many acres, but not worth much it seems. Somehow he got a bridge and roads built into this land-locked property and was then able to sell it for million$. Back in the 80´s I think.
So tired of Social Security being the first on the hit list.
When tossing numbers around, notice they don´t say how many SS checks leave this country ? How many immigrants receive checks ? How about those tax credits for children of immigrants that don´t even live in this country ?
After 12 years of war, you would think the war planners and defense contractors have the situation in Afghanistan well in hand. And they do, if the goal is wasteful spending on such a colossal scale that it makes Healthcare.gov look like Amazon.com. (Snip) And while the Democrats continue running interference for their standard-bearer, Republicans in Congress steadfastly refuse to show spine in overseeing the president for fear that they accidentally end the war. No one wants that — things are going so well!
A team of cardiovascular scientists has announced it will be able to 3D print a whole heart from the recipients´ own cells within a decade. "America put a man on the Moon in less than a decade. I said a full decade to provide some wiggle room," Stuart K Williams told Wired.co.uk. (Snip) Williams says he and his team of more than 20 have already bioengineered a coronary artery and printed the smallest blood vessels in the heart used in microcirculation.
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Los Angeles-It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Several hundred people, including families with small children, packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational talk and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God. Nearly three dozen gatherings dubbed "atheist mega-churches" by supporters and detractors have sprung up around the U.S. and Australia - with more to come - after finding success in Great Britain earlier this year.
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Homeland Insecurity: The White House assures that tracking our every phone call and keystroke is to stop terrorists, and yet it won´t snoop in mosques, where the terrorists are. That´s right, the government´s sweeping surveillance of our most private communications excludes the jihad factories where homegrown terrorists are radicalized. Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations without high-level approval from a special oversight body at the Justice Department dubbed the Sensitive Operations Review Committee.
Hundreds of Christians were under siege inside Cairo’s Coptic cathedral last night as security forces and local residents, some armed with handguns, launched a prolonged and unprecedented attack on the seat of Egypt’s ancient Church. At least one person was killed and at least 84 injured as Christians inside the walled St Mark’s cathedral compound came under a frenzied assault from their assailants in the main road outside. The fighting erupted after a mass funeral for five Copts who were killed during violent clashes in a north Egyptian town on Saturday.
Protesters enraged over the fatal shooting of a teenager by police poured into Brooklyn streets for a third straight night Wednesday, pitching bricks, bottles and garbage in furious clashes with cops. At least 18 demonstrators were arrested along Church Ave. in East Flatbush. Police struggled to control a hostile crowd that broke away from a planned peaceful vigil for Kimani (Kiki) Gray, 16, killed by police on Saturday night.
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