Last week I highlighted a recent newspaper article about some of the myths about Social Security disability. The common theme in these myths is that it is all the undeserving people who are getting most of the benefits.
You Need To Read This Article
I would like to direct you to another article now. This one appeared in The Washington Post. The article is long and takes a bit of time to digest. But it gives the reader a true insight into the lives of people who need to apply for disability. For anyone thinking that illegal aliens or gold-digging wives are the issue, think again.
It is rural, poorly-educated Americans who have little or no job skills who are getting disability more than anyone else. These are honest, hard working people who have simple run out of options. A lot of them worked so hard for so long that their bodies just gave out. With little education, they cannot turn to such sedentary jobs as office work.
The article turns on another issue I previously discussed in this blog. This is the question of whether disability benefits are another version of unemployment benefits. There are no simple answers there.
Think Before You Judge
I urge you to think of the people depicted in this Washington Post article and ruminate on the desperation of their lives. Doing so may keep you from the false idea that only the lazy and the conniving get Social Security benefits.