Step One: Check “Yes” If You Are Disabled. Step Two: Collect Money
by Tax Rascal
Believe it or not, the Federal Disability Insurance Program started in the 1950’s with no plans to grow larger than a small program to help those unable to work due to injury or illness. Fast forward sixty years and this once very small program now supports twelve million people. In fact, the $135 billion disability budget surpasses the Department of Homeland Security’s budget.
Where did all of these “disabled” Americans come from? More to the point, what percentage of these 135 billion dollars are dollars going to people who learned how to game the system? The answer is many more than you’d want to know. In fact the actual number would most likely lead you to either become extremely angry, or lead you to handing in a disability application yourself.
In fact, for many able Americans, disability has become a game of “Monkey See, Monkey Do”. Here’s how it works: John Doe, who can’t find a job learns his friend Jane Doe can’t find a job either. Now, Jane Doe collects money from disability because of her “back ache”. So, John decides he also has a “back ache”. He stops job searching and collect disability.
Many quite lucrative businesses have been created to assist those who aren’t collecting disability and still want to take advantage of the disability program. They just so happen to also involve lying and stealing. In fact, in New York City, in exchange for thousands of dollars, three doctors allowed hundreds of Long Island Rail Road non-disabled employees to receive disability benefits. Over the four years of lies, the doctors’ business clever ending up costing the government hundreds of millions of dollars.
Even a judge was in on a disability scheme. That’s right, a judge. In West Virginia, a social security judge, in collusion with a lawyer, awarded disability benefits to almost two thousand applicants in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars, of course. The judge later “intelligently” deposited the money, $96,000 in all, in his and his daughter’s bank accounts,
Stories of disability fraud and deception go on and on. Unfortunately, the children of many of these deceptive receivers of government money will grow up believing that they too deserve this money, and like their parents, they too do not need to seek work.
Until there are drastic changes made, the cycle of unnecessary government spending will continue on. Can you possibly imagine what the creators of the 1950’s Federal Disability Insurance Program would say if they saw how popular their “small” program has become today?