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NYT – ‘Disabled, but Looking for Work’

BATESVILLE, Ark. — Christopher Howard suffers from herniated discs in his back, knee problems and hepatitis C. As a result, Social Security sends him $574 every month and will until he reaches retirement age — unless he can find a job.

Though he has been collecting disability checks for three years, Mr. Howard, who is just 36, . . .

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For the last five years, Social Security, HAS PAID OUT MORE IN BENEFITS to DISABLED WORKERS than it has TAKEN IN FROM PAYROLL TAXES.

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Along with monthly checks that are based on the worker’s earnings history, beneficiaries generally qualify for Medicare – otherwise reserved for those over 65 — two years after being admitted to the disability rolls.

There are several reasons for the increase in beneficiaries. Baby boomers are hitting the age when health starts to deteriorate, and more people are claiming back and other muscular-skeletal ailments and mental illnesses than claimed those as disabilities a generation ago. Lawyers who solicit clients on television and on the Internet probably play a role.

And administrative law judges say pressure to process cases sometimes leads to more disability claims being accepted.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/07/business/economy/07disabled.html

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First of all, I fully understand Social Security includes Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI).

However, I do find it annoying to have paid FICA all these years, often MAXING out, for my retirement; and now ‘feeling somewhat bad’ for being a major contributor to the deficit.

I think the Social Security Administration is the right place to administer these payments; however,

– I wish there were more clarity between retirement monies, and disability monies.

– For the disability portion of Social Security, and Medicare, I believe FRAUD is RAMPANT; but I think STOPPING it is VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE.

I mean, it SUCKS big time!

April 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Horrizon Air sorry for kicking tall man of flight

via: MSN.com

How tall is a 6-foot, 9-inch man? Too tall to sit in a coach-class seat on Horizon Air, apparently.

On a mid-March flight between Portland, Ore., and Ontario, Calif., flight attendants removed a 6-foot, 9-inch-tall gentleman from a plane because his legs were blocking the aisle.

The airline soon apologized to the passenger. A spokesperson said:

“What should have happened in this scenario is the flight attendants should have asked for passengers seated in an exit or bulkhead row to voluntarily give up their seats to provide the passenger with the much needed leg room he requires. Moving him to a seat with more leg room would have ensured the aisle was clear.”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42455929/ns/travel-business_travel/

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Airplane (1980)

Joey: Wait a minute. I know you. You’re Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. You play basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Roger Murdock: I’m sorry son, but you must have me confused with someone else. My name is Roger Murdock. I’m the co-pilot.
Joey: You are Kareem! I’ve seen you play. My dad’s got season tickets.
Roger Murdock:  I think you should go back to your seat now Joey. Right Clarence?
Captain Oveur: Nahhhhhh, he’s not bothering anyone, let him stay here.
Roger Murdock: But just remember, my name is…
[showing his nametag]
Roger Murdock: ROGER MURDOCK. I’m an airline pilot.

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Joey: I think you’re the greatest, but my dad says you don’t work hard enough on defense.
[Kareem’s getting mad]
Joey:  And he says that lots of times, you don’t even run down court. And that you don’t really try… except during the playoffs.

Roger Murdock: [breaking characterThe hell I don’t! LISTEN KID! I’ve been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I’m out there busting my buns every night.

Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.

April 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How soon will you go bankrupt under the new GOP budget?

via: Richard Eskow – Huffington Post

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Here’s the bottom line:

Within 10 years of the new Republican Medicare budget taking effect, most Americans would be spending all of their Social Security income just to pay for their health care or go without coverage.

How quickly would that happen? According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), seniors entering the program in 2030 can expect to pay $20,000 out of their own pocket for health care.

If Social Security payments continue to be adjusted at the same rate they were over the last decade, the average person on Social Security will receive a little over $21,000 that year.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/how-fast-will-you-go-bank_b_845685.html

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photo: titled  ‘damn mexicans’ from a 2009 teabagger gathering to protest ‘Obama Care’

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“$ 1,000 – el estúpido de puta es jodido, eh? “- su ex jardinero

April 7, 2011 Posted by | deficit reduction, GOP morons | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment