freetown fred wrote:
Don't know or really care where the#'s come from-- but SSD & SSI are 2 totally different things--SSD is people with disabilites that have pd into the system & are eligable for govt. help---SSI is welfare & to many bums get it--all you really have to do is be fat & get a good lawyer which is usually legal aid. Most of them go on to work with ACLU----With SSI--we the people pay for it.
Fred I don't know about it either. If it weren't for SSI I wouldn't be the person I am today. In the late '50s my Father contracted Tuberculosis, was admitted to a NJ State Hospital, had one lung removed and was a resident for 4 years. All on the tax payers dime. He never worked again. During that time my Mother collected on his SSI, $52.50 a month. Plus since I was under 18 she got an additional $10.50 for herself and another $10.50 for me. Without your so called welfare, I would have never gone to college (partially financed with government loans) graduated and become a productive member of society. The government and society long ago got there investment back in me, both in taxes and intellectual skills applied in the defense of this nation. No I wasn't in the military but without the brain power efforts of engineer's and scientist's like me all this Star Wars stuff would never happen. The bottom line is you don't know where in the gene pool of human life are those who will contribute society's betterment. This nation needs them all, including the new immigrants.
What would you have done? Let my Father live in the street? Die with an infectious disease, while spreading it to others? Not have the county public health nurse visit each month and bring the pills to make sure the Tuberculosis stayed dormant? Health insurance, what health insurance? There was none, the masonry contractor my Father labored for, screwed over anyone he could, deducted witholding tax but didn't submit it to the government. Only the threat of prosecution by the head of the local Social Security office got the witholding taxes paid. Contractor went bankrupt and lost his house trying to stay out of jail.