I've known people on disability that could out work me with one hand tied behind their back. In some areas of the country,collecting disability is part of their culture and an "acceptable" way of life.Some are extremely
conservative,fraud is not confined to just liberals..and they take great delight in bashing the government right after they receive their checks. Since the crackdown on welfare - "workfare",many have turned to collecting disability,they didn't like the jobs the government selected
In one case,the husband and wife both turned to disability when their welfare was denied after 15 years on the program. They both qualified with mental disorder claims,the husband said he always got good and drunk when he had to be interviewed for his claim. I asked him why he would get drunk? He said alcohol dependency was an added plus when making a mental disorder claim. He also bragged to me that he beat the system,he seemed very proud of his achievement. Both the husband and wife lived in a beautiful area and on a lake. Simply put: they both could work if they relocated to the city where jobs were more plentiful but they decided that they could not give up their home on the lake.
I also know of people who are in great health who collect disability. They are bi-polar and their entire family collects benefits for one thing or another.
Unfortunately...many people play the system and that's especially true during hard times. America has an epidemic of back pain claims,I heard they have a two year waiting list. It seems like everyone I know has horrible back pain..
I wonder why back pain is so prevent in a modern society?
My wife has three crushed disks in her back and her hands and knees are riddled with arthritis. She could easily qualify for disability,now here's the difference. She's a charge nurse and she absolutely LOVES
her work and her patients. Some day they will have to carry her out of there. When you love what you are doing and the pay you receive,collecting disability is not an attractive option as long as you can literally crawl