I had to chuckle when one of my relatives told me how the sequester is ruining her life. She's been on disability for years and has drawn her monthly checks from China, the Czech Republic, Costa Rica and various other countries. She works just enough each year to receive an earned income credit then leaves her children to be cared for by family. It's quite the racket. Recently her preschool closed early due to the sequester. She was livid as that was her free babysitter. How dare they inconvenience her! Drives me nuts to think that someone like this would get a dime of assistance.
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Thanks for the info LandmarkWealth. From what I've experiences SSDI wants you to apply and they make it easy..........too easy!
Wasn't always that way. SSDI used to be really hard to qualify for. There was a time when almost everybody got denied and had to appeal. Now everybody is approved. Sad...Sad...Sad state of affairs.
LandmarkWealth.... With all due respect, everyone I know who has tried to get SSDI have gone through hell. They continue to get denied, and they deserve it. They cannot work and have no income at all. So, I do not believe this to be the case.
That was true at one time, but not anymore. I am coming across cases at work of people approved in a few months for nominal issues. It's not coincidence that the enrollment has tripled in the last 5 years. People aren't getting hurt that fast.
In 2008 my cardiologist talked me into applying for disability. After I applied, I decided against it. The disability office hounded me for a year trying to get me to accept my disability. I finally told them to quite calling!
A lot of it is political. Once they are on SSDI they are no longer counted as unemployed. So there is a political incentive.
The system needs serious re-working doesn't it. Personally I believe that those who receive benefits should be required to take random drug tests. Thanks for the great comment!
Yes, I agree. I also think those acquire EBT cards should only go to food banks to receive with IDs checked. Right now, they can sell their cards and no one ever checks IDS. Also, stores are allowing them to buy what's not on the list.
This is so true, Jeff. I have a 25 year old in a rest home. We are currently going through appeals. So many mentally ill have been kicked out to the streets while tons are selling EBT cards in front the grocery store my other girls work at. Disgrace!
Good points JThomp42! We have the same going on here Abby Campbell. A family of three receives $526 in food stamps and will sell them for $300 to buy booz or drugs.
That's when I get so aggravated, collegedad. I have two teens working for a grocery store, and they tell me all kinds of stories. These people trade right outside the store, and the store won't report them. A news special was on about this too.