You can’t even begin to seriously talk of lowering the National Debt and Government spending cuts, until you seriously address the nearly 53 million plus Americans will receive about $775Billion in Social Security benefits in 2011.
It was $703 Billion in 2010.
The June 2010 Beneficiary Data states the second largest group of people to draw benefits, is Disabled Workers below the retirement age, both partial and permanently disabled. Some 8 million people a MONTH, a total of $8.5 billion aMONTH coming from the Treasury’s Stash, at a $1,065 average monthly benefit stipend.
About 34 million Retired folks a MONTH get some $40 billion, at an avg of $1,170 per month.
Approx 6.4 million folks who are Survivors get another $6.3 billion a MONTH / $1,129 avg.
Now lets put the cards on the table and talk frankly. We all know many of people who are getting monthly Social Security Disability, that are for sure at a minimum, able to do some type of minimum productive function, in essence WORK. And of coarse, there are those who are totally and unequivocally deserving of them disabled benefits. That are truly unable to work to support themselves and their loved ones.
Would it be preposterous to order the immediate re-evaluation/ re-criteria of everyone’s disability benefits in the next year? To determine whether they should continue or get a reduced sliding rate depending on their quality of living or lack there of. Maybe since they started collecting or were initially declared disabled, medical technology invented a remedy for their disability claim. Maybe they were even fraudulent claims to start with, and now via modern medicine can be determined.
The DDSs, which are fully funded by the Federal Government, are State agencies responsible for developing medical evidence and rendering the initial determination on whether or not a claimant is disabled or blind under the law.
*Disability Evaluation Under Social Security (Blue Book- September 2008)
This edition of Disability Evaluation Under Social Security, (also known as the Blue Book), has been specially prepared to provide physicians and other health professionals with an understanding of the disability programs administered by the Social Security Administration. It explains how each program works, and the kinds of information a health professional can furnish to help ensure sound and prompt decisions on disability claims. The Adult and Childhood Listings of Impairments are included in this publication. These listings are just part of how we decide if someone is disabled. We also consider past work experience, severity of medical conditions, age, education, and work skills.
The Listing of Impairments describes, for each major body system, impairments considered severe enough to prevent an individual from doing any gainful activity (or in the case of children under age 18 applying for SSI, severe enough to cause marked and severe functional limitations). Most of the listed impairments are permanent or expected to result in death, or the listing includes a specific statement of duration is made. For all other listings, the evidence must show that the impairment has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months. The criteria in the Listing of Impairments are applicable to evaluation of claims for disability benefits under the Social Security disability insurance program or payments under both the SSI program.
Here is some of what gets you a check each month if ya can prove you have it:
*Mental Disorders (the BIGGEST GRAY AREA/SCAM going)
*Special Senses and Speech (Changes effective 08/02/10)
*Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems
*Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
On the flip side, most of us know people personally and have for sure read of cases in media, of people getting them permanent disability benefits every month, and are not only covertly working jobs, but running full fledged operating whole established businesses! Nowadays unlike ever before, the technologies and it’s means are in place to catch alot of these folks. There are people who can readily work, but are just scamming the system.
*Some are even capitalizing criminal enterprise!
These are the folks who have STATE prescription coverage programs (Medacare…Soc Sec insolvent Brother) and are getting significant quantities of Heavy Narcotics prescribed by a physician (office visit also paid for w/ covered co pay btw), and yes once again, only paying a co-pay for for pills at pharmacy! Than they in return re-sell onto the Black Market at 1000%’s profit margins to the massing epidemic numbers of the PILL HEAD JUNKIES across the USA.
TRUTH IS > People are vastly supplementing their monthly income, via being PILL PUSHER DRUG DEALERS!
With the stakehoarse for the operation coming on the backs of the USA Taxpayer!
I dont care who you are. If you’ve getting a prescription for say 120 80mg Oxycontin pills (pill form Heroin) For the last 5 years of your life, and are not dead yet. Something is up!
First, a prescription of that magnitude would constitute to me at least, that you were in a terminally ill suffering state from pain and imminent death soon, at the time of it being written.
Yet 5 years later, and some $50,000 later to the Taxpayer, here you still are! ….Go figure!
So I am lead to believe two things. One, the Govt is so stupid and disconnected that they have not a clue as to whats going on. Or they do, but are also depended like those doing this on the consumerism market of the cash/underground economy it produces and it’s spurred ancilaries. And of course the medical and pharmacy industry that pays the shareholders. They also might want a nation of complacent pill depended junkies.
The main argument for addressing Social Security is rampantly increasing Life Expectancy/Longevity of the human species not only today, but for sure going forward. Mainly due to the exponential advancements in medical technology to clean water and sewer removal. To the discovery Penicillin to non invasive surgery and X- ray technology, the list is endless. And population growth at the same exponential rate same rate. If you dont know what the word exponential means, please look it up. For it is extremely relevant going forward in our species and our global societies.
*We’ve been throwing around these Billions in USA Dollars, an then came the Trillions in USA Dollars….I just cant wait for the day we start using and cross the acceptable threshold to many(BUT ME) to the >>>> “Quadrillion”…It’ll be here… before ya know it!
Mannnnnnnnnnn where does it end…..realistically speaking?….It doesn’t!
As a novice economist and mathematician….it is preposterous in theory!!!
I guess Nelson Bunker Hunt best said it. When he lost just over a Billion dollars in a day or so, when he tried to corner the silver market and failed and the bottom fell out. During an interview he stated >
” I guess a BILLION just aint what it used to be” …..lol
Aint that the truth!
The main argument for addressing Social Security is rampantly increasing Life Expectancy/Longevity of the human species not only today, but for sure going forward. Mainly due to the exponential advancements in medical technology to clean water and sewer removal. To the discovery Penicillin to non invasive surgery and X-ray technology, the list is endless. And population growth at the same exponential rate same rate. If you don’t know what the word exponential means, please look it up. For it is extremely relevant going forward in our species and our global societies.
Please read note :
“Exponential advancement of medical technology, and where that will take us in regards to immortality as a species one day.” ~ by Steve Goff January 16, 2011
“Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords took a 9mm bullet to the back of her head, it exited through her eye socket, and she lost massive amounts of bodily blood on the scene. But yet in today’s modern medicine world, she will more than likely be giving the keynote speech at the DNC (national convention) in 2012. That wouldn’t have been the case only 10-15 years ago in trauma medicine. Hence the exponential advancement of medical technology, and where that will take us in regards to immortality as a species one day. Down to the radio communications call that went out when it happened, and was responded to. From the time enhancement on test results at scene and in ER, to the response time of EMS due to better and faster vehicles and remote control or computer traffic light controlling technology. It is all relevant! And increasing at an exponential rate. That can not be denied or argued otherwise.”