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Social insecurity

Posted: January 15, 2013 - 5:09pm

Social insecurity?

I find it hard to believe that there are those that want cuts to the Social Security retirement benefits. I’m not sure if those calling for the cuts refer to the normal Social Security benefits we all expect to get when we retire or the Social Security Disability benefits.

A quick solution to the problem of having more outgoing then incoming funds is to do what the DNR and police do. Start a “turn in your SSI Disability neighbor” program. If it works for poachers and suspected drunken drivers, why not the deadbeats that cheat SSI?

We all know some of these people. They are the ones on SSI and are out cutting firewood, exercising at the health clubs, climbing the tree stands during deer hunting season, and helping shingle the neighbor’s house.

Instead of all these commercials on TV from attorneys stating “...if you’ve been turned down for Social Security Disability benefits, call us...”, try countering these attorneys with “...if you see SSI abuse, call 800-SSI-STOP” or some such approach.

The Tribune could help us out by doing a story showing state by state what the percentage of “workers” is versus the percentage of people on “welfare” or unemployment.

Craig Anderson

Brainerd