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  •  I've always heard that SS Disability benefits are (4+ / 0-)

    difficult to get in terms of qualifying and in terms of wading through a long process of paperwork. Furthermore, whether my impression is correct or incorrect, I believe it's shared by a lot of people. I don't see how any politician could expect to convince a lot of people otherwise.

    "Portion of the adolescent prisoners in solitary on Rikers Island who have been diagnosed with a mental illness: 7/10." Tell someone.

    by RJDixon74135 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 02:17:54 PM PDT

    •  Yes you are correct it is difficult to get... (6+ / 0-)

      but you are incorrect as to how many people know that, as far as I can tell.

      Most people seem to think that getting government help is simpler than it is and that conception is even higher amongst Repubs. 80% of them think the poor have it easy, according to a recent PEW poll. The reason why is that 1) They think getting help is too easy and 2) They overestimate the amount of help people actually get.

      Another problem is that some government help is easier to get than others and so they don't understand that it takes a lot of effort to get disability and that in fact they turn the majority of people down the first time to discourage people from applying. You don't just get a doctor's note and you are all set. They might have that a little confused because short-term state disability does work that way, at least where I live, but not federal disability.

      And people are getting the wrong impression about these disability lawyers. They see ads all the time and figure that they are appealing to the fakers who can't get it any other way. But the reason for those lawyers is because it is getting more and more difficult to get, not because it is too easy to get!

      Then you have to factor in the fact that people are just plain angry about anyone getting help these days and equate everything to welfare. And ironically even welfare is being misjudged as only 4% of the population is on it. But there is the unpleasant reality that people often like thinking the worst about others.

      I am speaking from experience, because I am disabled and there are a lot of nasty people out there who judge me, including a family member.

      I take the phrase "Bleeding Heart Liberal" as a compliment...

      by Pixie5 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 06:33:01 PM PDT

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