SSDI: Why are Disability Awards Skyrocketing?
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Dec 1, 2018 - 11:03am
SSDI: Why are Disability Awards Skyrocketing?

In short, they aren't skyrocketing. The perception that government has run amuck is not always true. The number of people on disability and the rate of awards for disability are in decline.  Please see the chart below.  Note: most of the information presented below comes from the " ".     The chart above shows the total number of people on disability.  Looking at the , the peak occurred in 2013.  The peak for workers only happened in 2014.  The downward trend is likely to continue.  Why, prior to the peak, did disability rates rise so much?  The increase is mostly attributable to the increase of women in the workforce and aging baby boomers and the general increase in population.     It might appear to be a steep increase.  It is helpful to put it in perspective.  Th…

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So why can’t liberals stand Trump?

    I had a son with cerebral palsy. Mentally, he was fine. Physically, no, he was in a wheelchair, he couldn’t feed himself, get himself a drink, sit up unsupported, and perhaps most important for this post, his speech was slow and often difficult to understand because of the motor …

Nov 29, 2018 - 4:56pm
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Civilizing Trolls

Autumn (bless her heart) recently tried to rationalize with and civilize a resident troll.  I admire the effort and sympathize with the exasperation she must be going through with this guy.  But, trolls and idiots (often redundant) are the price that must be paid for a wide-open venue. …

Nov 14, 2018 - 1:12pm
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My Version of Hell

There is no better therapist than a personal journal.  A journal waits patiently, doesn’t interrupt, argue, criticize, judge, talk back, condemn, nag, or gossip.  It’s there on your terms, when you want it, and it’s essentially free.    It’s also fun and s…

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:11pm
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Veteran's Day

Another Veteran's Day has come.  There will be parades for those who served in foreign wars, politicians will come and give speeches about the glories of patriotism and service and there will be interviews with vets on the local news.  All of this is fine.   But what does it all mean?…

Nov 11, 2018 - 3:41pm
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  • - Nov 20, 2018 - 9:41pm
  • - by Morgoth
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DIMMS Call for Florida & Arizona to Count Illegal…

Every day the wave of immigrant travel a little farther through Mexico towards America. In reality Mexico does not choose to send them back by force so they continue coming. It is obvious that someone is paying the vehicles owners to transport them toward America. Those that pay for the caravan have…

Nov 12, 2018 - 4:54pm
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Abortion Bad Pro Choice Good

I’m pro choice but I’m against abortion and that might sound weird and I am - thank you - no, but really. Abortion is a terrible thing and it always is when you take a life. However if a girl properly aborts a child, she can have another one. That might seem unfair, but that is only if y…

Nov 27, 2018 - 12:01pm
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The American Lie

Americans are sold on the idea of the "American Dream" almost from the time that they can talk.  You are led to believe that if you stay in school, get good grades, stay out of trouble and achieve some kind of post secondary degree the good life is there for the taking.   The bar for the A…

Dec 4, 2018 - 10:49am
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Les Dplorables

It's not often that we Texans (or anybody for that matter) can say, “good for the French” for throwing a hissy fit.  And throwing a hissy fit they are.    So, why?  Why the protests?   Some would have you believe that the cost of energy/petrol is the reason (but …

Dec 4, 2018 - 8:18pm
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  • - Dec 9, 2018 - 9:19pm
  • - by Leroy
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Exit without entrance

Twenty years ago, in the summer of 1997, I visited London as a tourist. It must be admitted that from the very first minutes of acquaintance with this country it produced the impression of a very different world - not how England had been imagined for fifteen years spent studying its language, lite…

Dec 5, 2018 - 7:12am
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America's Loss of Innocence

Over the years we've as a country and a society have seem to have loss our innocence.  Some ways this is a very healthy aspect, other ways its been extremely destructive.  Looking back at the 1960s and 1970s America was laughing and singing to what they didn't seem to know or grasp.  …

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:59am
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The joke that is called

As has been discussed multiple times, collusion in and of itself is NOT a crime.   The sad thing is, no collusion has been proven to have even happened.   What has been proven (and won't even be investigated) is unprecedented domestic spying which is abuse of power by Obama.  What has…

Dec 4, 2018 - 2:07am
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Yes, Kim, as it turns out you actually can get lai…

In all of the sound and fury of the recent midterm elections a chapter in US diplomatic history has been quickly and conveniently forgotten.  It is a story of which, although it may not yet be complete, we have been given a suitable foretaste. Much of this of course has been alternately sensati…

Nov 30, 2018 - 3:56pm
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We've Been Had!

One year ago, I wrote a post titled , highlighting the people that the administration had placed in positions of high responsibility, and detailing their (un)fitness for those same positions. It is now time to revisit this administration, showing how much (or little) progress has occurred in suppo…

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:50am
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TRUMP: THE TURKEY REFLECTION

TRUMP: THE TURKEY REFLECTION   Now tell Tubularsock, just what in the fuck is the President of the United States of America taking the time to “PARDON A TURKEY”?   Well, it makes perfect sense.   It is a perfect extension of American policy. What we do in reality is ALWAY…

Nov 20, 2018 - 8:13pm
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What Is It with Some on the Right Wanting to Take…

Recently we've had a few articles from our local right-wingers expressing a desire to strip citizens of their right to vote.  We also had a multitude of comments supporting such a thing.  In addition I had some comments indicating a desire to "regulate" the media.    I find all o…

Nov 24, 2018 - 2:43pm
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Theft From the American People

*** Update to those whom may first be joining in the discussion.  It appears Jeffrey Kelly, the person whom was the impetuous for the writing of this article has CHANGED his username.   He now goes by the moniker of   What makes this noteworthy, one of the final postings I made in h…

Nov 30, 2018 - 11:47am
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In Praise of Negative Leadership

I was interested in a recent  which appeared in Thomas Rick’s admirable Task & Purpose in light of the Death of the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush.   The article, was by a former Lance Corporal (“L/Cpl”) in the US Marine Corps who served in com…

Dec 4, 2018 - 2:54pm
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Tightening the Tether on the Tasteless Tech

As economies have moved forward, more and more complex arrangements, instruments, and machines have come into existence. For example, the reason we can make music earbuds so small now is because of rare earth magnets, made of praseodymium, which is mined in the U.S., China, Russia, Australia, and In…

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:26pm
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Fallacy of Democracy

Today reading a comment on WB someone again rambled on about the US being this prime example of Democracy.  The only issue is that the US has never been a true Democracy and was never intended to be a true Democracy.   We were set up to be and still are a Republic. In other words, we elect…

Nov 26, 2018 - 2:57pm
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  • - Dec 4, 2018 - 10:27am
  • - by Bill
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Islamic conquest can not be reversed

Falestinian 'leaders' do not give a damn about the SandLeeches and anyone who does is a demented fool. Humanitarian concerns are for humans, not leeches. Their estate is hair pie with cherries in the sky when they die, not in this world. You fools might learn that if you read Surah At-Taubah.  …

Nov 27, 2018 - 8:44am
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I've never seen this much HATE before!

  Since Hillary lost I've seen more hate and outright hostility from Democrats than I've ever seen previously in my lifetime.  When Obama won I saw lots of Republicans hang their heads but can't remember seeing hundreds being openly hostile to anyone they thought supported Obama but today…

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:25pm
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NOW LOOK AT THIS SHIT. IS THAT THE FUTURE OF WB ?

    Please do follow the string of this article.   So much hate.   So much ignorance.   WriterBeat.   This place has become a place of ...... what ? . Ignorant idiots who seem not to have found another refuge on Internet blogs than here apparently ? I'm sorry about t…

Dec 4, 2018 - 7:57pm
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