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Has collecting SSI and receiving education financial aid become the new form of welfare? Has welfare reform just led to new ways to cheat?

I occasionally enjoy watching some of the small claims court shows including Judge Judy and Judge Milian of The Peoples Court.

These judges have a routine of questioning the litigants with regard to their income, marital status, number of children, criminal record and level of education. The answers are so informative as to the state of our young adults’ attitudes with regard to work ethic, sense of entitlement, lack of personal accountability for their lazy behavior and refusal to take responsibility for supporting themselves and the children that they brought into this world.

The litigants are often on section 8, which provides a home that they choose at the expense of the tax payers. Another frequent benefit provides a debit card giving access to cash at an ATM, as well as payment for their groceries. Medicaid is also provided at no cost and prescriptions are free. Some even get free cell phones.

Many cases reveal the litigants own late model vehicles with large payments, no insurance and a suspended license. Many appear wearing designer clothing, expensive handbags and flashy jewelry which seam odd for someone who supposedly has nothing. I have seen them sue for their 70” plasma tv, fur coats, designers bags, gold chains, laptops, I phones, x boxes and other high end items.

When questioned how they obtained these expensive items, I have heard time and time again that they receive benefits from the government in the form of SSI for their children who have been labeled with some form of disability. In addition, many claim that they receive financial aid from the government for attending school. This aid often includes a laptop, as well as a monthly stipend for living expenses.

It appears clear that labeling children to claim SSI benefits as well as applying for financial aid under the premise of taking a few classes have become the new form of living off the system and getting a free ride on the tax payer’s dime. Are these benefits the new free ride?

Topics: Welfare cheating
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  • May 15 2014: As far as SS is concerned, all they have to do is remove the cap on contributions and it will be solvent forever. Currently you only pay SS taxes on the first 100k+ or so in income. Above that you pay nothing. Fix it so all income is taxed for SS, and you don't run out of money. Those making more than 100+k will be fine in retirement anyway, so they should contribute to make a more stable society.

    'Disabled' children, kids of generational welfare reciepients and those who believe they are entitled or that manual labor is beneath them - those people definately have a 'label' that will follow them through life. That's why I started this discussion with the need for the poor mother of 5 stereotype. THOSE are the people that need a solution, or we will be paying for them for the rest of their lives. The current PC atmosphere prevents the draconian measures that will be needed. In Ancient Rome crippled children were left on the hills of Rome to die. Americans can't stomach solutions of that nature. I submit that either we shut up and pay for them, or they must be stripped of rights and forced into solutions they would not choose on their own. Neither is a preferred solution, but that's all I know that will 'work.'

    This is the age-old question of Guns or Butter at work. Spend too much on Butter for your people and you will be conquered. Spend too much on Guns and your people starve. Both sides always want more. Where is the balance point? The balance point for OUR society, as every one is different? I don't know, but it seems like we've been on a Guns kick for 70 years. Time for the pendelum to swing back, for the Rich to pay more, for the MIC to be dismantled. Because if the pendelum doesn't swing. it will the the gillotine falling instead.
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      May 15 2014: Martin, You make some wonderful points. However, when you say remove the cap on SS contributions, all of this extra money will come from the same people that already contribute, and the people that don't contribute will still take, and take, and now there be more to take, and the lawyers will smell that money a mile away. So, new "conditions" will suddenly appear that will be brought to court in an effort to be determined as qualification for benefits, and even more kids who have lots of energy (ADD), that already receive benefits will be joined by kids with eating disorders, biting their finger nails, and having nightmares, since there is this extra money in the pot. The fact that there is concern for the fund running dry may be the one deterrent for lawyers and judges to think twice before making a decision on who gets a check.

      I completely understand that there are lots of kids who are being raised by parents who do not believe that they were put on this earth to disturb dirt with a shovel, and that is not their fault. But our acceptance of this way of life is becoming more and more tolerant where in past generations, if you didn't work, you didn't eat. We are lowing our standard to allow for lazy takers to both live off of the workers as well as bring up a new generation of more of the same.

      I also agree that it is time for the pendulum to swing back, but can we get it to go the other direction?

      Just read the second part of your statement with all of the "how do we" questions. The answer is we somehow ran this off in a ditch, so we need to pull it out. My parents were 19 when they married and had 4 children in 8 years. Never got a penny of welfare. My dad worked his but off driving a cab and then purchased the cab and started his own taxi service. Then came the gas crisis in the 70, and they lost it all. Still no welfare. They had to pull them selves out of the hole. That's what I learned is the way of life. Maybe that's why I am angry.

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