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Workers On Disability Set Another Record In July

From CNS News:

8,753,935: Workers on Disability Set Another Record in July; Exceed Population of 39 States

By Terence P. Jeffrey | July 23, 2012

(CNSNews.com) – The number of workers taking federal disability insurance payments hit yet another record in July, increasing to 8,753,935 during the month from the previous record of 8,733,461 set in June, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.

It will also be interesting to see if the number of new jobs went up 20,474 in July. (Which is the difference between the July number of 8,753,935 and the June number of 8,733,461.)

The 8,753,935 workers who took federal disability insurance payments in July exceeded the population of 39 of the 50 states. Only 11 states—California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina and New Jersey—had more people in them than the number of workers on the federal disability insurance rolls in July

Congress enacted legislation in 1956 to add federal disability insurance to the Social Security system. Over the decades, the number of Americans actually working has dramatically declined relative to the number claiming federal disability insurance payments.

Which raises the question, what did disabled people do before 1956? Did they all starve to death in the streets?

By July 1967, there 74,520,000 Americans actually working and 1,145,663 workers taking disability payments. That made a ratio of 65 actual workers for each worker collecting disability. In July 1987, there were 112,634,000 people actually working and 2,759,852 people collecting disability—a ratio of about 41 actual workers to each worker collecting disability.

When President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, there were 142,187,000 people actually working and 7,442,377 workers collecting disability—a ratio of about 19 to 1.

In June, there were 142,415,000 people actually working and 8,733,461 workers claiming disability—a ratio of about 16 to 1.

In July, in addition to the 8,753,935 workers who received federal disability insurance payments, there were also 165,564 spouses of disabled workers and 1,850,653 children of disabled workers who received payments. That brought the total number of disability beneficiaries to 10,770,152.

And this number will go up when the definition of ‘spouses’ is expanded to include same-sex partners.

Federal disability insurance is funded by a 1.8 percent payroll tax that is split between employers and workers. Self-employed people pay the entire 1.8 percent.

Is this part of Obama’s ‘tax holiday’? Even if it isn’t technically, the Obama payroll tax holiday is cutting Social Securities general funding.

The Social Security System’s Disability Insurance Trust Fund has run deficits in each of the last three fiscal years, meaning the government has needed to borrow money to pay disability benefits to the workers claiming them. In fiscal 2009, the Disability Insurance Trust Fund ran a deficit of $8.5 billion. In fiscal 2010, it ran a deficit of $20.8 billion. And in fiscal 2011, it ran a deficit of $25.3 billion.

So we are borrowing money from the Chinese to pay people who ‘can’t work.’

To be eligible for federal disability insurance payments, a person must have worked long enough to have qualified for the benefits and must also meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled.” …

The surest way to qualify for benefits seems to be hiring a ‘disability lawyer.’

“Social Security work credits are based on your total yearly wages or self-employment income,” the Social Security Administration explains. “You can earn up to four credits each year. The amount needed for a credit changes from year to year. In 2012, for example, you earn one credit for each $1,130 of wages or self-employment income. When you’ve earned $4,520, you’ve earned your four credits for the year.”

According to the Social Security Administration’s formula, someone under 24 years of age would qualify for disability payments if he or she had earned at least 6 credits—or about $6,780—over the three years before they became disabled.

In other words, a 24 year old could receive disability payments for another sixty years after having paid in less than $7,000 dollars. And they probably tell themselves they paid for the benefit.

In any case, we hear a lot of talk about sustainability from the left. But how on earth could this ever be sustainable?]

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Workers On Disability Set Another Record In July”

  1. mr_bill says:

    Stop borrowing money to pay people not to work. Let the stupid scheme go bankrupt. It should have been terminated when it went into the red. The last action of the disability program would be to send a letter to each recipient explaining that there will be no more “free” money because the agency has run out of other peoples’ money. I forecast a lot of miraculous healings if there were no more money for people sitting on their behinds watching Springer.

    In college, I worked as an apartment locator and I cannot describe the multitudes of able-bodied people collecting disability benefits who called me to help find them an apartment. Heck, a good number of them were illegal aliens (yes, I reported them). They were very rarely disabled. They could walk up and down stairs, drive themselves around, move boxes. They just “couldn’t” work.

    Not only are the productive citizens paying the parasite class not to work, but we are paying interest on the money we are paying to non-workers. At some point don’t we, as a society, look at this arrangement and realize just how ridiculous it actually is? The US functioned just fine for nearly two centuries without a federal program to pay people not to work. In fact, I assert the country functioned better then.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    How’s this for fu**** up?

    I know two people who recently applied legitimately, for Disability after suffering for years while trying to hold it together on their own and finally getting so debilitated trying to earn their own way, they finally gave in and applied.

    And were turned down.

    No explanation.

    How’s them apples?

    • JohnMG says:

      Were they caucasians registered to vote Republican?

    • mr_bill says:

      Therein lies the problem. Those with legitimate claims (and who have contributed to these programs all their lives) seem to rarely be recipients of these benefits. It seems more often that those who receive the money are serial “takers” who provide very little value to our nation. There is a group of people who float from one government benefit to another, skimming as much as they can from anyplace that will allow it. 99 weeks of unemployment benefits expire, go on disability, if that runs out of money, I’m sure there is something else. Throw in the occasional slip & fall tort lawsuit, and these cretins make out alright.

      I say close the buffet. No more “free” money for anybody. Steve posted the story last week about “Julia” who makes $28,000 and receives $40,000 in government benefits. How many taxpayers does it take to pay for one “Julia,” let alone a nation of them? It cannot continue. We’re already seeing the end of it: the government robs Peter to pay Paul, but now they can’t even pay Paul so they want to raise taxes and get their hands deeper into Peter’s pockets.

    • Chrispbass says:

      I have 2 friends who went on SSA disability. They were, one is off, both honestly disabled. NO chance or working. They both had to hire lawyers to get on disability. That’s just the way it works apparently. Caucasians.

    • Right of the People says:

      My sister-in-law, who we discovered after her mother passed away, has the mental capacity of a third grader and is now confined to a facility for her own safety was turned down. She worked in child care for a nearly twenty years and hid it well but once her mom died she lost it. She is unable to work but because she is caucasian, and is not a single mother she has been denied three times. My wife as given up trying.

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