The death of the work ethic. Go get your disability check.

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    Obama has all the answers
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    the number of people getting disability is ridiculous. it's a cottage industry in some places ...
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    And how many liberals or conservatives are confronting this issue? None.
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    to the contrary, many in positions of authority are pushing the judges to approve more and more claims and lawyers are making a bundle pushing them through the system. no problem, just let the kids pay for it later, with interest of course.

    sad thing is a lot of those claiming disability are loathe to do so but can find no other viable alternative in this great service sector, part time economy our elected leaders have given us.
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    Someone on this board (sorry forgot who) recommended listening to this podcast put out by NPR:

    http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/490/trends-with-benefits

    It's eye-opening. Most on either side of the aisle will enjoy its content.

    On a side now, I've listened to This American Life every week since I first listened to that above episode. It's generally takes a pretty Left-Wing viewpoint, but is really great nonetheless.
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    From a story last year:

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    It's a self perpetuating problem too. More benefits=higher employment taxes=less employment opportunities =more benefits.
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    There is a judge in WV who rubber stamps claims. Puerto Rico is even worse.

    Lawyers get paid over 1 billion dollars a year from taxpayers as part of the settlement claims.

    I think I am going to puke.
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    Not all who are placed on disability enjoy it. I've been on it for around 3 years, after getting really sick. Started to feel better and started working again which gave me purpose thereby making me feel even better. Reported the new job to the state so they're slowly decreasing my benefits until I make sure i'm well enough to do it. Really excited to be back at work
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    Reasons have changed over the years:
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    In 2006 I and my neighbor at the time had arthroscopic surgery on our rotator cuffs, two weeks apart. I had two partial tears and four bone spurs. He couldn't even really describe his exact injury, so I'm not sure if he had a full tear or partials or what. I missed one day of work, and really could've made that had it been critical. He is STILL on disability. Can't drive that truck anymore. But he has won the local paper's "Yard of the Month" several times since then. I also noticed a late model GMC truck in his driveway a while back (I don't live there now so I'm not sure it's his, although I saw his wife opening the driver's side door).

    I also have several acquaintances that work in the prisons in the area. It's an open secret that the goal for half of their workforce is to get on disability for mental stress. And they are both supermax prisons, so they really are nut-makers. One of my buddies took a legit shank to the thigh. There is no doubt that the stress is real, I wouldn't work in one. But between the coal miners and prison workers, half of the area is on disability.

    Seems to me the major problem is zero follow up. I don't have a problem with short term disability for a guy who has rotator cuff surgery, even though I didn't use it. But going on a decade? I mean he's out there daily on ladders and mowing and building decks and carrying creek rocks and such. And the guys that got freaked out by rapists and killers seem to function just fine when I see them at Lowe's and Applebees.

    I have a side of the family (stepdad -- But FTR, he worked in the mines for 40 years and retired sick and broke, as the system is designed) that for the most part have never worked in their lives. Virtually none of the women have ever worked, and all of the men worked in mines and got on disability, usually early, with the exception of two. Luckily Dollywood is really accommodating to the disabled.
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    A friend of mine works in a cath lab and he says you wouldn't believe the number of people coming in who want stents so they can get on disability.
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    I'd believe it. I also tend to think some of it is the result of good jobs disappearing. Older one gets, it can be hard to retrain if the career you have suddenly vanishes and often you won't find a comparable job.
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    It's almost as if the availability of free money creates an incentive not to work.
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    Ya think?
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    And this ladies and gentlemen, is EXACTLY how it is suppose to be done!!! Good on you!!
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    Another casualty of the "move American jobs to slave labor countries" problem.
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    If the work ethic is dead, the numbers dont really reflect it:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...88060e-32d5-11e4-a723-fa3895a25d02_story.html

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