Knock that chip off your shoulder. I don't believe they were speaking of you or anyone else who's paid for their benefits and is really disabled. SSD is not an entitlement program. No one can draw it unless they've paid into it.<quoted text>I am on disability due to cancer and a chronic illness.I do not receive welfare or foodstamps and don't tell me I didn't contribute to society.The money I receive from disability is my money that I paid into from years of working. Don't lump everyone into one category,and if you don't want to shop or go out to eat around people like me I assure you that you will not be missed.
I am drawing SS disability too (not SSI nor any other form of public assistance) and I'm one of the few I know who draw it who REALLY can't work. I worked as long as I could and when I signed up, I did it over the phone, they sent me paperwork, which my doctors and I completed and returned, then I was approved within 3-4 months of initially applying. I got my approval letter before I was even eligible to receive a check (there's a 6 mth waiting period). I was never denied and I didn't have to hire an atty.
There are so many ppl on the draw now though who are capable of working, and they do work for cash on the sly, it's just sickening and makes me furious. I knew of a woman who drew SSD and she worked at least 8 hrs a day bartending and waitressing for cash/tips--standing on her feet and running all over the place for hours. That's not disabled! I contacted the SSA and reported her. They said they needed her SS number even though I provided her name and address and the name and address of her employer. Seriously? She continued that scam for years after I reported her, just as so many others do.
It's the scammers who will cause those of us who really need it and worked hard for years to lose our benefits. It frightens me because I really can't work. The nation is broke and SS will eventually stop altogether. The SS recipients will lose out before the welfare recipients do. Can't deprive those young, healthy welfare kings and queens and their countless offspring (who will be raised to scam the same way), but screw the older folks who've worked and need their benefits. This nation is going to reap what it's sown.