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   Posted by: pastordiehl   in Hot Potato Politics

Here’s another thing that rubs me the wrong way, and I want your opinion. About a year or so ago I went to a visitation at a funeral home. There I saw a middle aged man that I knew was living with his unmarried girlfriend and her retired parents. He has a reputation for not working. So I approached him very friendly like and asked, “Where are you working now?” He replied, “Nowhere right now. I’m waiting on my disability.” He was waiting on his disability!

Now, I understand that there are those who cannot work because of a physical or mental disability. That is not their fault and the rest of society should step in and financially assist them. But there was absolutely nothing wrong with this man except he was lazy. And his working girlfriend and her parents were carrying him. His hope was that someday the rest of us taxpayers would step in and carry him, as well. Now, that makes me mad!

I know hard working people in our church that would be approved for disability if they chose to apply, but they don’t; they would rather work for their living, and I respect them for that. But I also know people who are today receiving government disability checks who could work alongside any of us. There is something wrong with this picture.

What are your opinions about this? Is government disability a good thing or a bad thing? How can it be fixed?

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3 comments so far

Sharon S

I think of people like Joni Eraeckson Tada who choose not to be disabled. They are an inspiration to all of us.
Like most government programs, this one is abused. Too many people are trying to take advantage of the system and laywers are willing to help them do it. If only they could see, that they would be happier and feel much better about themselves if they were contributing. I have known people with bi-polar, panic attacks, fibromyalgia, and many other ailments that live very successfully with their problems and function quite well in society. I think these people who abuse the system need much encouragement and other people to believe in them, because they don’t seem to believe in themselves.
Another thing I would like to share that is more positive is the way many of our charities and churches step up and fill in the gap more effectively than government entities. Personally, I have a brother-in-law who had polio and was helped in a major way by the March of Dimes. I have also witnessed great things through the years from the Salvation Army. Volunteering to assist the charity of your choise in whatever way you can is a terrific wasy to enhance your life, too.

August 7th, 2009 at 9:15 am

I think gov’t disability as it was origionaly intended was a step in the right direction however, it is being taken advantage of by people who use and abuse the system at our expense. Many see themselves as being owed or entitled and I have heard them say, that they are going to get theirs and not work for it. Some do work and still receive it. I don’t know if it can ever be totally fixed. Where money is involved someone will always try to beat the system for a free ride. Their is soooo much waste in the gov’t. The obvious ways the gov’t could save money doesn’t seem to be of much interest to them.

August 7th, 2009 at 1:56 pm
kerry Dickey

Just remember to look at the bigger picture, God is in control and Jesus is the judge and final Authority for all of us. It is sad to see our society in the shape that it is in as the churches took care of their own before we ever had government programs, and I believe God really takes care of those truly disabled who have been witnessed to or who know our Lord already. Angels are still out there everywhere about the fathers business. Each of us has our own judgement to worry about and if you feel so strong about this then let the holy spirit lead you to pray for those peoples conviction quickly and for their salvation to come forth. Father, in Heaven we you know you look into the hearts of all of us and Father I pray now for those who are spitefully using a false injury or disablement Lord to gain income when they are actually in good enough health to work. I pray for those people to be blessed with your Love and peace as you know Lord we must pray for the lost so I thank you now in Jesus name and we give it all to you Lord Now. Amen.
all in love KerryD.

August 7th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

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