Skip to main content

View Diary: Young, Disabled, & both parents dead, he came to ask for help. (253 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  WHO'D WANT TO????? (8+ / 0-)

    Seriously, Shadow, the pittance you get from SSI or TANF or General Relief is so small that people with real larceny on their minds moved on decades ago. Really, anyone who would try to get onto disability or what used to be called Welfare on false pretenses is MENTALLY ILL and should be declared disabled for mental health reasons anyway.

    The real criminals are looking for bigger fish to fry.

    Here's a revolutionary idea: if someone qualifies prima facie for assistance, GIVE IT TO HIM OR HER. Then use the mechanisms currently in place to catch the scammers during the re-qualification process. Change the assumption: that anyone who would go through the whole humiliating process is in need. If someone is disqualified during review, PUT THEM ON THE HOOK FOR THE AID THEY HAVE RECEIVED.

    Sorry about the caps, but this is horrible. I am disabled but not disabled enough for SSI. I don't have kids. I don't have a bun in the oven. I'm hanging on by my fingernails. If it wasn't for the fact that I need to finish my education I might have to swallow my pride. But that would mean putting ALL of my dreams for myself on the shelf for the rest of my life.

    We are a near-infinitely cruel society. We all need to hang our heads in shame. We treat our "least brethren" like dirt and honor swindlers and the ruthless who have the drive to claw their way to the top. Particularly those who have the "booster" up the ladder that is inheritance of wealth to begin with. Like Bill Gates, for example.

    Single Payer Happy Hour, coming to the LA (SFV) area 6/26/09!
    No more SPECIAL RIGHTS for HETEROSEXUALS! Equality now!

    by Pris from LA on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 09:15:29 AM PDT

    [ Parent ]

    •  Who'd want to? I'll answer that. (0+ / 0-)

      People struggling to make ends meet, some of them stuck in a cycle of poverty and a bad neighborhood, but all suffering from rising medical costs, rising food costs, rising energy costs, and a lower earning power year after year.  This doesn't justify gaming the system for benefits one is not entitled to, but it makes things a lot easier to understand.

      To further complicate matters, a small percentage of people who may legitimately qualify for a service at one point in time may end up trying to get it even after that period has expired, because they are reliant on the income not to lose the place they are living with their children.  There are many shades of grey in this particularly from a moral perspective.

      But yes, things are indeed bad enough in many neighborhoods that a several hundred dollar check a month is the difference between a roof and no roof, between food and no food.  All the career criminals have bigger fish to fry, I agree with you; the system is not threatened by them as much as some cases of individual otherwise law-abiding citizens trying to grab what they can from the pie, even if it means misrepresenting their position, even though the amount they will get is relatively small - because it's not small to them.  Some honestly have convinced themselves that they are correct, while a small but consistent slice, as with all groups of people in life whatever their wealth or station, are immoral moochers, the kind of personality where their family has already learned not to lend them money.  All these people put together make up a minority of claims, but not a negligible minority by any stretch, and when you have a drag on the system of that size, it clogs it up for the people legally entitled to those services.

      Republicans criticizing Democrats on torture is like a bunch of foxes complaining that the henhouse wasn't well guarded enough.

      by ShadowSD on Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 11:03:05 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site