[bct] Re: Problem with SSI!

  • From: "Bill Belew" <bill@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 14:40:07 -0800

Hi Mary,
Just wanted to remind you that you can only get SSDI if you have paid into
Social Security.  I'm not sure if that is absolute, but I do know that
someone who has only worked for a short time and paid very little into
Social Security will get a very small amount through SSDI.  
I'm much more bothered by those who make well over $90,000 per year--the
point at which you stop paying into Social Security--and still collect
Social Security.  Personally, I think there should be means testing for
receiving Social Security.  
My advice to Frank is to hang in there and follow through on the
bureaucratic process.  It is very frustrating, but I have seen it work out
in the client's favor more times than not in the end.  

-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mary Emerson
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2006 8:36 AM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Problem with SSI!

Hi list,
I am sorry there are so many problems with VR and SSI. I have been away from
all of that for 30 years so can't comment except that I am fairly sure rehab
counselors have very heavy case loads due to cutbacks in funding and
personnel, so although I can see that people are victimized by it, I do also
sympathize with the counselors and case workers who have a very rough time
trying to keep up with it. Also, I understand that rehabilitation agencies
are no longer specialized for blind people but they have to handle
everything from people with disabilities to, most likely, prisoners on
parole, drug addicts, foster children, alcoholics, and who knows what else.
I suspect rehab hasn't been very high on the priority list for the
government these days.
I also have to admit I am on the other side of the fence from many of you
regarding SSI and SSDI. I am a tax payer and have been such for almost 30
years. I have run into blind people locally who have less wrong with them
than I have; they are blind, but I am blind and hearing impaired. I worked
my butt off for years and paid taxes so these people who didn't lift a
finger to find a job would sit around doing nothing and living off my tax
money. It really made me angry and to be honest, it still does. I won't go
into it any more because I know there's discrimination and prejudice out
there and all of us have experienced it, and there are blind people who
can't work due to other disabilities, but the blind people I have run into
locally seem to be proud that they are living on SSDI or SSI and they don't
realize that if it weren't for the rest of us paying taxes and working like
crazy, they wouldn't be getting any payments at all. They just have no idea
where their money comes from. I wish they'd go out and work a few 70 hour
work weeks and see how it feels to be so exhausted you can barely think
Ok, I'll shut up. I know many of you won't agree with me but thanks for
listening anyway.

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