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  • Work's for Squares

    09/01/2014 7:50:52 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies
    Barron's ^ | August 30, 2014 | Gene Epstein
    The job market has made a comeback over the past year, but the American labor force hasn't, and the prospects don't look good. Work seems to be on the wane in the U.S., with worrisome consequences for economic growth. While the unemployment rate slipped to 6.1% in June -- its lowest level in six years -- the percentage of adult American workers who are actually in the workforce is at its lowest level in 36 years, with no rebound in sight. ... WHEN IT COMES TO the millions of people receiving Social Security disability income, however, it is fairly certain...
  • St. Paul schools workers' compensation claims jump 50 percent. But why?

    08/11/2014 6:40:28 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-7-14 | Mila Koumpilova
    St. Paul Public Schools workers are filing more injury reports and claims under the workers' compensation program. And district officials are not entirely sure why. Injury reports were up 50 percent in 2013 compared with four years ago, and the number of claims seeking payment for medical expenses or lost wages are up almost 30 percent, all while district employment stayed stable. Officials say they are watching how much the district is paying out more closely than the number of reports and claims. Those amounts have not risen in the past two years -- though they'll likely go up as...
  • Obesity could qualify as disability, says EU court

    07/17/2014 12:10:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 17.07.14 @ 13:15 | Honor Mahony
    Obesity may be considered a disability if it affects how a person does their job and so could fall under EU rules banning discrimination in the workplace, the EU’s top court said Thursday (17 July) in an opinion set to be closely studied by employers. "Morbid obesity may come within the meaning of ‘disability’ if it is of such a degree as to hinder full participation in professional life on an equal footing with other employees,” said advocate general Niilo Jaaskinen. The case arrived at the European Court of Justice after Karsten Kaltoft, a child-minder Denmark, claimed he unfairly lost...
  • 11 Million On Disability: Why Are Rolls Rising So Fast?

    06/17/2014 6:42:54 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 43 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 06/17/2014 | John Merline
    The total number of Americans now on the Social Security Disability Insurance program topped 11 million in May, a record high and an increase of 18% since January 2009, according to new data from the Social Security administration, furthering a trend that will have severe economic and budget consequences. More than 5.2 million workers have enrolled in the program since President Obama took office, and enrollment is climbing faster under Obama than at any time in the program's history. An average 81,000 workers joined the Social Security Disability Program each month during Obama's years. Under President Bush, by contrast, monthly...
  • Social Security components going bankrupt in 2016!

    05/24/2014 9:54:22 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 84 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | May 21, 2014 | Brianna Ehley
    For years, the Social Security Administration has warned lawmakers that unless they do something soon, the entitlement program for disabled workers will run out of cash by 2016. Still, as the program’s funds dry up and its insolvency hovers less than two years away, Congress remains quiet on the issue.
  • Oakland probes disability pay of ex-cop who's now FBI agent

    05/23/2014 8:34:08 AM PDT · by DFG · 13 replies
    SFGATE ^ | 05/23/2014 | Henry K. Lee and Will Kane
    Oakland officials are investigating why a former police officer is collecting $52,488 a year in medical disability benefits from the city even though he has been working as an FBI agent in Boston. The unusual case of FBI Special Agent Aaron McFarlane, 41, came to the attention of Oakland officials after the agent was identified last week as the federal officer who shot and killed a key figure last year in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. The disability benefit that McFarlane is collecting under the California Public Employees' Retirement System is awarded when a worker is unable to perform the...
  • Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?

    05/18/2014 10:13:55 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 42 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 14, 2014 | Jordain Carney & Stacy Kaper
    The failures of the Veterans Affairs Department are a moral abomination: They leave soldiers wounded at war to wait in long lines for the payments they need to fund their care. And VA failures are under new scrutiny amid reports of a string of preventable deaths among veterans and a growing political controversy around them—and many in Congress are pointing a finger in the White House's direction.
  • Using Your Money to Create a Tower of Babel

    05/06/2014 10:28:27 AM PDT · by massmike · 4 replies
    http://moonbattery.com/ ^ | 05/06/2014 | Dave Blount
    The most efficient way to destroy a society is to fragment it and turn the pieces against each other. Language plays a big part in getting America out of the way so that a liberal utopia can be constructed in its place. Here is one way our rulers are using our money to encourage foreign colonists not to learn English: The inability to speak English is now considered a determining factor to receive federal disability benefits. Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) sent a letter obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon to Acting Commissioner of...
  • Classy: Maine Progressive Group Says Wheelchair-Bound Republican Hasn't "Stood Up" to Governor

    05/06/2014 1:23:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2014 | Christine Rouselle
    The Maine People's Alliance, a progressive group, has come under fire for a leaflet aimed at Maine State Rep. Dale Crafts (R-Lisbon Falls). The leaflet resembles a prescription form, and "diagnosed" Crafts as having "no heart" and "no spine" as he "failed to stand up to Gov. LePage." Crafts is confined to a wheelchair following a spinal injury sustained in a motorcycle accident 26 years ago. Democrats in the state were quick to condemn the language in the leaflet and to distance themselves from the Maine People's Alliance. “We’ve only been out of the session two days. And it’s not...
  • Disability Policy Reportedly Fast-Tracks Applicants Who Can’t Speak English

    05/03/2014 8:39:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | May 03 2014 12:00PM
    No English? No problem! A little known Social Security policy considers a person’s ability to learn English when determining disability eligibility. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) sent a letter to Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Carolyn Colvin last week to express concerns about a disability policy that may fast-track Americans who can’t speak English. The policy allows people to qualify for benefits more quickly if “they are incapable of communicating in English.” […] Disability applications have gone up 230 percent in the last decade, according to a report. …
  • Convict Jackson Jr. gets $8.7k a month disability for “mood disorder.” I should be so crazy.

    05/03/2014 7:49:12 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Allen B. West Blog ^ | 5-2-14 | Allen B. West
    Whenever you hear our dear politicians in Washington DC say there’s nothing more to cut or that they’re just like us, let me give you a friendly reminder. As Breitbart reported after his jail sentencing, convicted ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) receives $8,700 per month in government disability pay, as well as a partial federal pension of $45,000. That generous $8,700 in disability comes thanks to Jackson’s sudden development of a “mood disorder” as the federal government began looking to indict him. Jackson, who was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison, had no history of mental illness during his prior...
  • Harrington Discusses Story on Non-English Speakers Getting Fast-Tracked (VIDEO)

    05/03/2014 11:39:09 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 3 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Full Title: Harrington Discusses Story on Non-English Speakers Getting Fast-Tracked for Disability Approval Washington Free Beacon reporter Elizabeth Harrington appeared on Fox and Friends Saturday to discuss her story on non-English speakers being fast-tracked for federal disability approval. Harrington reported: Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) sent a letter obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon to Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration Carolyn Colvin on Thursday, raising concerns regarding revelations that individuals who cannot speak English are fast-tracked for disability approval. “I write to express my concerns about the expanding number of individuals now...
  • Feds: USPS worker takes disability, goes fishing ( Alaska )

    04/19/2014 10:06:55 AM PDT · by cutty · 32 replies
    A former U.S. Postal Service employee in Anchorage was arraigned Friday on charges he accepted at least $334,000 in disability and worker's comp payments while he spent his summers fishing. The U.S. attorney's office says in a Friday release that 56-year-old Amacio Zamora Agcaoili Jr. was indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 counts, including theft of government funds. Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoureux also claims Agcaoli lied about not working when he was paid for preparing tax returns and immigration paperwork. Authorities also claim he failed to tell the Social Security Administration about his worker's comp payments, to...
  • What the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Conceals

    04/07/2014 4:14:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2014 | Rick Santorum
    The mainstream media are in full cry for the U.S. Senate to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Watch out. When the United Nations starts talking about rights, the truth about what it’s really up to is often carefully concealed. There are always plenty of people in Washington happy to go along with these charades, but the supporters of the CRPD are taking willful blindness to new heights. Last December, Senator Bob Corker, the Republican leader on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced that he was unable to support CRPD because it threatens U.S....
  • Are You Disabled? Your Boss Needs to Know

    03/19/2014 8:29:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 18, 2014 | LAUREN WEBER
    Nearly a quarter of the U.S. workforce will soon have to answer a personal question from the boss: Are you disabled? U.S. regulations going into effect next week require for the first time that federal contractors—a group that includes Boeing Co., Dell Inc. and AT&T Inc., T among some 40,000 others—ask their employees if they have a disability. Those that don't employ a minimum of 7% disabled workers, or can't prove they are taking steps to achieve that goal, could face penalties and, in the most extreme cases, the loss of their contracts, according to a government official. The target...
  • Loving the Least of These: How Do We Treat the Disabled Among Us?

    03/15/2014 8:24:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    life news ^ | Eric Metaxas
    Recent revelations about the abuse of disabled workers has me thinking: Do we fear God? I’ll explain. Last May, an Iowa jury awarded $240 million—later reduced to $6 million—to 32 mentally-disabled men who, over the course of three decades, were systematically cheated, exploited and abused by their employer. disabled2It’s a sad reminder of how vulnerable those with disabilities are and why any church worthy of the name should be at the forefront in protecting them. The story is, as the New York Times put it, “Dickensian” in its details. Over three decades, hundreds of intellectually-disabled men were shipped from Texas...
  • VA sends $4,000 bill to triple-amputee Purple Heart recipient after he spoke out against Obama

    02/28/2014 7:28:03 AM PST · by grundle · 44 replies
    Poor Richard's News ^ | November 6, 2013
    If you want to see where government-run healthcare gets you, look no further than what the VA is doing to Airman Brian Kolfage after he spoke out against Obama. Our veterans who sustained injuries in combat deserve the best treatment we can give them, but the VA just sent Purple Heart recipient Brian Kolfage a bill for $4,000. Here’s the letter he just received from the VA: Kolfage is an outspoken critic of the Obama administration and wants to know why his records were pulled in the first place. He’s written about the whole story on his Facebook page (emphasis...
  • Veterans Affairs employees destroyed veterans’ medical records to cancel backlogged exam requests

    02/24/2014 11:30:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 24, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    Employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) destroyed veterans’ medical files in a systematic attempt to eliminate backlogged veteran medical exam requests, a former VA employee told The Daily Caller. Audio of an internal VA meeting obtained by TheDC confirms that VA officials in Los Angeles intentionally canceled backlogged patient exam requests. “The committee was called System Redesign and the purpose of the meeting was to figure out ways to correct the department’s efficiency. And one of the issues at the time was the backlog,” Oliver Mitchell, a Marine veteran and former patient services assistant in the VA Greater...
  • Former Priest Gets Paid Disability for His Pedophilia

    02/24/2014 1:45:17 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 30 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 02/23/2014 | Michael Allen
    The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reportedly pays the salary, health insurance premiums and living expenses for Reverend Gil Gustafson who was convicted for child sex abuse back in 1983. According to the Star Tribune, in addition to all these payments by the church, Rev. Gustafson is also paid disability by the state. The church says that in July 2006 Rev. Gustafson was declared “disabled” based on his pedophilia. He collects disability checks on top of his salary from the church as a "consultant." After Rev. Gustafson admitted he molested Brian Herrity for five years, he was fined...
  • Regardless of exercise, too much sedentary time is linked to major disability after 60

    02/22/2014 6:33:22 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 28 replies
    Northwestern University ^ | February 19, 2014 | Sciencedaily.com
    If you're 60 and older, every additional hour a day you spend sitting is linked to doubling the risk of being disabled -- regardless of how much moderate exercise you get, reports a new Northwestern Medicine® study. The study is the first to show sedentary behavior is its own risk factor for disability, separate from lack of moderate vigorous physical activity. In fact, sedentary behavior is almost as strong a risk factor for disability as lack of moderate exercise. If there are two 65-year-old women, one sedentary for 12 hours a day and another sedentary for 13 hours a day,...
  • ‘Blind’ Man Caught in Disability Fraud After Seen Driving a Speed Boat

    01/25/2014 11:42:54 AM PST · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Jan 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    A “blind” Wisconsin man’s $175,000 Social Security disability fraud scheme ended when federal agents caught him driving a speedboat, according to the inspector general. Lawrence Popp, 58, was sentenced to one year in prison on Tuesday for defrauding the Social Security Administration... Popp, a wealthy businessman, continued to work and go on lavish vacations in the Cayman Islands while collecting disability benefits for five years. A record 10,988,269 people received federal disability benefits in December 2013, according to the SSA. A 2012 report from Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) found that more than 25 percent of benefits are awarded with...
  • New York City’s Disability Grifters: One of the biggest disability-benefits frauds ever.

    01/08/2014 7:20:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/08/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchor
    More than a hundred people were indicted today for fraudulently obtaining Social Security disability benefits, constituting one of the biggest such fraud busts of all time. At a news conference in Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, federal and local officials described a 26-year-old scheme through which 102 people — including 72 New York City Police retirees and eight retired New York firefighters — allegedly collected Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) fraudulently. A number of the 102 indicted have already been arrested. Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said at the news conference that about half of the participants fraudulently claimed they...
  • New York Cops, Firefighters in Massive 9/11 Fraud, Indictment Says

    01/07/2014 3:18:23 PM PST · by No One Special · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 7, 2014 | Aaron Katersky
    More than 100 retired New York City cops, firefighters and correction officers were charged today with falsely claiming to be suffering from depression and anxiety as a result of the 9/11 terror attacks, New York prosecutors said today. The alleged scam won awards up to $500,000 for the uniformed personnel and cost taxpayers millions of dollars, according to the indictment. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said the suspects "cynically manufactured claims of mental illness as a result of Sept 11th... dishonoring the first responders." Police Commissioner William Bratton said, "The retired members of the NYP indicted in this case have...
  • Former NYC workers charged in disability scam

    01/07/2014 11:59:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 7, 2014 2:39 PM EST | Jennifer Peltz
    Scores of retired New York City police officers, firefighters and prison guards were charged Tuesday with faking psychiatric problems to get federal disability benefits—with some falsely claiming their conditions arose after the Sept. 11 attacks, prosecutors said. Four ringleaders coached the former workers on how to falsely describe symptoms of depression and other mental health problems that allowed them to get payouts high as $500,000, said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. The ringleaders made tens of thousands in dollars in secret kickbacks, Vance said. Among the retirees arrested were 72 city police officers, eight firefighters, five corrections officers...
  • ‘Celebrity Big Brother’: Boxer Evander Holyfield Compares Gays to Handicaps, Boy George Reacts

    01/06/2014 10:12:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 01/06/2014 | By Arijita Bhowmik
    Contestant of British reality show "Celebrity Big Brother" ex-heavyweight boxing champ, Evander Holyfield caused an outrage with degrading anti-gay comments and has now been warned by the show makers. Holyfield in conversation with Luisa Zissman said that being gay was not normal, and that they could be treated by a doctor just like the physically disabled. "The Bible lets you know, that's wrong, that's right. If you were born and your leg were turned this way, what do you do, you go to the doctor and get it fixed back right... All I'm trying to tell you, you know how...
  • Pedophile Made a Fortune Filing Disability Lawsuits in California

    01/06/2014 8:39:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/06/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is how even the most well-intentioned laws go through three stages.1. The ideal – This is what the law is supposed to do2. The bureaucratic – The bureaucrats get hold of it and make into an incomprehensible morass of regulations that everyone is in violation of.3. The lawyerly – The lawyers find every loophole in the law and begin cashing inIn California, most laws skip right to Stage 2 which is how things like this happen. In 2012, Jon Carpenter filed 257 lawsuits in L.A. County — more lawsuits than there were court days — under the Americans...
  • Another Obama Record… 10.9 Million Americans Are Now on Disability

    01/02/2014 8:09:57 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 18 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 2, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The number of Americans on disability now exceeds the number of people in New York City. More than 5.4 million workers and their dependents have signed up to collect federal disability checks since President Obama took office. 10,988,269 are now receiving federal disability benefits. CNS News reported: The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,988,269 in December, up from the previous record of 10,982,920 set in November, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration. The average monthly benefit paid to a disabled worker also hit a record...
  • Nearly 11 million Americans on disability at the end of 2013

    01/01/2014 10:49:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/01/2014 | Rick Moran
    For the 202nd straight month, the number of Americans receiving disability benefits rose. The end of 2013 saw another record set - 10,988,269 Americans now on disabilty, up 6,000 from the end of November. CNS News: The average monthly benefit paid to a disabled worker also hit a record of $1,146.43 in December, up from a previous high of $1,130.34 in December of last year.Spouses of disabled workers also got a record average monthly benefit of $308.13 in December, up from a previous high of $304.31 in August. Children of disabled workers also received a record average monthly benefit of...
  • 10,988,269: 2013 Closes With Record Number on Disability Getting Highest-Ever Monthly Benefits

    12/31/2013 11:06:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 31, 2013 - 10:57 AM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,988,269 in December, up from the previous record of 10,982,920 set in November, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration. The average monthly benefit paid to a disabled worker also hit a record of $1,146.43 in December, up from a previous high of $1,130.34 in December of last year. Spouses of disabled workers also got a record average monthly benefit of $308.13 in December, up from a previous high of $304.31 in August. Children of disabled workers also received a...
  • Alison Davis, Activist with Spina Bifida, Former Atheist: "No Less Human"

    12/10/2013 2:26:00 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | December 3, 2013 | Francis Phillips
    Alison Davis was born with spina bifida. She later developed conditions including osteoporosis, arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Coping with these permanently disabling and painful conditions dominated but did not define her life. Indeed, they led her to champion the rights of the vulnerable, the disabled and the unborn, first as an atheist and then as a Catholic. Her early adult life was marked by a determination to live as normal a life as possible, despite having to use a wheelchair. She studied sociology at university, where she stopped believing in God. Writing about this period of her...
  • Disabled woman denied entry to U.S. after agent cites supposedly private medical details

    12/02/2013 7:25:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Star ^ | 11/28/2013 | By: Valerie Hauch
    Ellen Richardson went to Pearson airport on Monday full of joy about flying to New York City and from there going on a 10-day Caribbean cruise for which she’d paid about $6,000. But a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent with the Department of Homeland Security killed that dream when he denied her entry. “I was turned away, I was told, because I had a hospitalization in the summer of 2012 for clinical depression,’’ said Richardson, who is a paraplegic and set up her cruise in collaboration with a March of Dimes group of about 12 others. The Weston woman...
  • Military Update: Veterans could see benefits cut in effort to reduce federal deficit

    11/18/2013 11:00:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Cranford Chronicle ^ | November 18, 2013 | Tom Philpott
    Military members, retirees and veterans have a few more reasons to be wary of politicians who say their top priority is to cut federal spending. The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday released a report of more than 100 options for reducing budget deficits. It’s a timely product as House and Senate conferees strive to negotiate by mid-December a new debt-cutting deal to replace automatic budget cuts of sequestration. More than a few of the CBO options are fresh ideas to roll back compensation for categories of veterans or to raise TRICARE fees for military retirees, on suggestions that the government...
  • Cruz Explains Why Americans with Disabilities Will Not Benefit from U.N. Disabilities Treaty

    11/07/2013 12:27:25 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Heritage.org ^ | November 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Steven Groves
    The United States is the world leader regarding the rights of people with disabilities. But a United Nations treaty seeks to use Americans’ concern for the disabled to undermine U.S. sovereignty.It’s time for proponents of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to come clean about this treaty. They claim, falsely, that it would help Americans with disabilities who are traveling abroad. But as Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said at The Heritage Foundation recently: "Ratification is not going to materially change the degree of compliance by foreign nations, but it is going to open avenues to undermine...
  • Experts: N. Texas Not Prepared To Help Influx Of Military Vets

    11/06/2013 5:14:01 PM PST · by Usagi_yo · 4 replies
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com ^ | November 5, 2013 6:54 PM | Pool Report
    NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Shortly after U.S. Army Scout Steve Blackman retired from the military three years ago, he says he slipped into depression. “I was falling into a very dark place. I didn’t know if I was going to make it out.....[snip]”
  • To Each According to His Disability

    11/05/2013 3:34:46 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2013 | Mike Adams
    I'm probably too young to have so many pet peeves. The list seems to get longer every year. So, naturally, the longer I teach, the longer my list of class rules seems to get. In addition to rules of class conduct, I also have to develop rules concerning over-disclosure of information in emails and office visits. Such over-disclosure is always geared towards one goal for the student: transforming personal deficiencies into legitimate disabilities in an effort to attenuate workload expectations. Whenever I'm feeling overwhelmed by these excuses, I take time out in class to reiterate the rules concerning over-disclosure. Note...
  • Intergenerational Transmission of Welfare Dependency

    11/02/2013 5:57:21 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    NBER Digest ^ | November 2013 | Matt Nesvisky
    When parents are awarded DI, the likelihood that one of their adult children will participate in DI rises by 12 percentage points over the next decade.The extent to which welfare dependency is perpetuated from one generation to the next is a question of great social importance for which there is only limited empirical evidence. In Family Welfare Cultures (NBER Working Paper No. 19237), Gordon Dahl, Andreas Kostol, and Magne Mogstad analyze this question using data from the Norwegian disability insurance (DI) system. They study the outcomes of appeals by claimants who were initially denied DI benefits. Judges are randomly assigned...
  • Discrimination lawsuit against Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee allowed to proceed

    10/24/2013 7:52:36 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 10/24/13
    A discrimination lawsuit filed against liberal Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (D-TX) has been allowed to proceed, granted by a federal judge, despite Lee’s attempts to halt the proceedings according to the Washington Times on Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed by former legislative director Mona Floyd and said in court papers that Mrs. Jackson Lee, a 10-term congressional representative from Houston had refused to accommodate her debilitating eye condition called monocular vision. Floyd’s lawsuit complaint was based on Lee saying to her, “I don’t care anything about your disability.” The Washington Times reported that Lee’s legal team wanted to have the...
  • Story To Share About Obamacare and Disability

    10/18/2013 12:19:26 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 37 replies
    Myself | 10/18/2013
    I wanted to share a quick story about something that happened in our household today and 3 days ago with a friend of mine as well of 23 years. My wife is on permanent disability for the remainder of her life due to a number of health reasons from on and off cancer battles to other sustained health issues that prevent her from working. My friend Cory injured himself on the job a few years ago breaking his back, right knee, and shoulder. Both have been getting around $1,000.00 a month in disability. My wife puts that money towards the...
  • Longing to be a Victim

    10/16/2013 4:23:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2013 | John Stossel
    These days, being seen as a victim can be useful. You immediately claim the moral high ground. Some people want to help you. Lawyers and politicians brag that they force others to help you. This turns some people into whiners with little sense of responsibility. Joe Biden's niece was arrested recently for throwing a punch at a cop. The New York Post says she's addicted to alcohol and pills, but rather than take responsibility for her actions, she blamed them on the "pressure she faces" because her uncle is vice president. Give me a break. America was founded by people...
  • Social Security judge accused of disability scheme

    10/07/2013 4:22:09 PM PDT · by John W · 22 replies
    AP via The Journal Gazette ^ | October 7, 2013 | Stephen Olemacher
    WASHINGTON – A retired Social Security judge in West Virginia collaborated with a lawyer to improperly award disability benefits to hundreds of applicants, according to a report released Monday by congressional investigators. The report accuses retired administrative law Judge David B. Daugherty of scheming with lawyer Eric C. Conn to approve more than 1,800 cases from 2006 to 2010. "By 2011, Mr. Conn and Judge Daugherty had collaborated on a scheme that enabled the judge to approve, in assembly-line fashion, hundreds of clients for disability benefits using manufactured medical evidence," said the report by the staff of the Senate Homeland...
  • 60 Minutes uncovers how the federal disability system is being GAMED

    10/07/2013 12:52:32 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 28 replies
    CBS ^ | October 6th, 2013 | CBS
    A good report from 60 minutes on how the federal disability system is being gamed at mega taxpayer expense: Steve Kroft reports on the alarming state of the federal disability program, which has exploded in size in the last six years and could become the first federal benefits program to run out of money.
  • 60 Minutes: Disability, USA "alarming state of the federal disability program"

    10/04/2013 7:00:54 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 31 replies
    cBS News ^ | 6 Oct 2013 | James Jacoby and Michael Karzis
    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 2013 Disability, USA - Steve Kroft reports on the alarming state of the federal disability program, which has exploded in size in the last six years and could become the first federal benefits program to run out of money. James Jacoby and Michael Karzis are the producers. Watch a preview
  • Disney World's Message to the Disabled: Wait in Line

    09/23/2013 5:29:33 PM PDT · by Kip Russell · 37 replies
    Yahoo! Shine ^ | Beth Greenfield
    Fans of Walt Disney World were fuming last spring following reports of people gaming a system that allowed disabled park guests to advance to the front of lines. Now it seems the entitled few have ruined it for everyone. Disney Parks has just announced a change in policy: People with disabilities will no longer be ushered to the front of lines. It “certainly has been problematic, and we wanted to curb some of the abuse of this system,” Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown told the Orange County Register. Further, a statement by Disney, provided to Yahoo Shine through a spokesperson,...
  • States Have an Incentive to Promote (Not Stop) Disability Fraud; So How Much Fraud Is There?

    09/15/2013 8:05:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | September 11, 2013 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    In response to Just How Distorted is the U.S. Unemployment Rate Number?, reader Bjorn asked "care to take a guess on the percentage of fraud among the population receiving disability compensation?" Fraud Incentive My Reply Follows: I suspect fraud is in the neighborhood of 25-50% (and higher would not surprise me one bit). The reason is that States Have an Incentive to Promote (Not Stop) Disability Fraud. This all goes back to 1996 when president Bill Clinton promised to "end welfare as we know it". He did indeed do just that, and fraud is the result. Why? The federal government...
  • Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund Nears Insolvency

    08/30/2013 5:45:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Mercatus Center ^ | 08/30/2013 | VERONIQUE DE RUGY
    This week’s charts show total receipts, expenditures, and assets left in the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) trust fund. Data from the 2013 Trustees Report show that the disability fund is currently predicted to be three years from insolvency. Under more pessimistic assumptions, the insolvency date is pushed up to 2015. The fact that the DI trust fund is not currently depleted shouldn’t mislead us into thinking we have until 2016 to deal with the shortfalls.Spending on Social Security has more than doubled in the past decade, and DI now accounts for almost 20 percent of Social Security’s budget, up...
  • Despite backlogs, VA disability claims processors get bonuses

    08/26/2013 1:46:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 25, 2013 | Mary Shinn, Daniel Moore and Steven Rich
    While veterans waited longer than ever in recent years for their wartime disability compensation, the Department of Veterans Affairs gave its workers millions of dollars in bonuses for “excellent” performances that effectively encouraged them to avoid claims that needed extra work to document veterans’ injuries, a News21 investigation has found. In 2011, a year in which the claims backlog ballooned by 155 percent, more than two-thirds of claims processors shared $5.5 million in bonuses, according to salary data from the Office of Personnel Management. The more complex claims were often set aside by workers so they could keep their jobs,...
  • Family in shock after hate letter targets teen with autism

    08/19/2013 3:18:58 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    CityNews ^ | staff
    A family is in shock and a community has united after an anonymous hate letter was written about a young boy living with severe autism. Karla Begley told CityNews her son Max, 13, stays with his grandmother in the morning during the summer time. It was at that home in Newcastle where letter was delivered on Friday. “I was shaking when I was reading it,” Brenda Millson, Max’s grandmother, told CityNews. “It’s awful words. You don’t know why somebody would ever do such a thing.” The typed, one-page letter refers to the young boy as a “nuisance” and a “wild...
  • Hamstrung Recovery: 70% Part-time Jobs Since January 2009, Food Stamps Up 57%

    08/18/2013 9:25:00 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/18/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    We know that the employment situation in the US is terrible with 70% of jobs created since January 2009 being low-paying, part-time jobs. And median household income keeps declining. 20130816_mainstreetmisery After reading James Hamilton’s horrifying paper on the size of off-balance sheet liabilities for America, I thought I would put together the following table to you could see the household share of government debt, entitlements and The Federal Reserve Balance Sheet. householdshare There are 115,310,000 households in America. Government spending in the U.S. as of Q2 2013 was a little over $5.8 trillion. That equates to $50,328.68 per household. The...
  • Disability surge continues as 76K workers are added to rolls in July

    08/18/2013 7:45:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 08/17/2013 | Eric Boehm
    By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.orgNew numbers from the Social Security Administration show more than 76,000 workers were added to the disability insurance program in July.Since the beginning of 2013, more than 530,000 workers have been added to the Social Security disability program’s rolls. More than 8.9 million Americans are receiving disability benefits through Social Security, with an average benefit of $1,129 per month. DISABILITY EPIDEMIC: More than 10 million Americans are getting disability payments through Social Security, but the well is running dry. Adding benefits paid to spouses and children of disabled workers to the mix, the number of...
  • Jackson Jr.’s Last-Minute “Mood Disorder” Qualifies for Disability ($8,700 month)

    08/15/2013 12:06:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 15, 2013
    Although disgraced Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. suddenly developed a “mood disorder” as the feds were about to indict him, he qualifies for generous government disability payments because it’s considered a debilitating mental illness. Of interesting note is that Jackson Jr., sentenced this week to 2 ˝ years in prison for corruption, never showed any symptoms of a “mood disorder” during his 17 years as a federal lawmaker. The mental illness surfaced abruptly last summer as the congressman, a member of Judicial Watch’s Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians list, was about to get criminally charged. The feds had been breathing...