Is SSI the new version of welfare roles?

Are people on SSI and SSDI really disabled or lazy people who don't want to work?

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  • 8 years ago
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    SSI is welfare, not even close to SSDI.

    Since weflare reform of 1996 SSI has been taking the place of the old AFDC.

    Officially AFCD was replaced by TANF, but TANF is less than 4% of the welfare budget.

    Supplemental security income--disabled children: time for fundamental change

    Today’s antipoverty safety net is dramatically different from the one in place two decades ago when welfare reform was enacted. Rather than a safety net primarily dependent on cash assistance programs, as is the common perception, the current system is highly reliant on social service programs funded by government and delivered through community-based nonprofits. Annual public and private expenditures for social service programs today exceed total federal outlays for cash assistance programs like welfare, food stamps, and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).|…

    Cash Welfare Caseload. In December 2010, the number of families receiving TANF cash welfare was 1.9 million families, consisting of 4.7 million recipients, of which 3.5 million were children. The cash welfare caseload is very heterogeneous. The type of family historically thought of as the “typical” cash welfare family—one with an unemployed adult recipient—accounted for less than half of all families on the rolls in FY2008. Additionally, 15% of cash welfare families had an employed adult, while almost half of all families had no adult recipient. Child-only families include those with disabled adults receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), adults who are nonparents (e.g., grandparents, aunts, uncles) caring for children, and families consisting of citizen children and ineligible noncitizen parents.…

    (Per the SSA reference below - SSI and children - "On average, SSI payments accounted for nearly 48 percent of the family income of SSI children,")

    For all families with SSI children, SSI is nearly half of ALL income.

    SSI and children.…

    Myth: Most welfare recipients are on benefits a short time.

    Let me make that clearer.

    At any one time 80% of any given caseload is chronic, repeat for one or more lifetimes.

    80% of the money being spent at any one moment in time, is for the chronic, constantly needy, needy by choice, more than circumstances.

    The other 20% comes and goes on a regular basis, in one door, out the other, never to be seen again.

    At any moment in time, only 20% of the total, but over a long stretch (say five years), most of the ones helped were short timers, came and went, just like the myth says, most of the recipients on a short time,. . . . . . . but they only use 20% of the total funds available.

    80% of the financial help available, goes to those ‘few bad apples.’

    That does not sound like a good taxpayer investment to me.

    It seems to me the lion share of the money should be spent on the temporarily poor, the poor by circumstances, more than choice.…

    Source(s): Like I said, SSDI, completely different thing.
  • Cody
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    Social Security Insurance payments are a return on investments (tax) made by every single working person in the United States. It is not charity or welfare by any stretch of the imagination. With SSI, you pay into your account throughout your working lifetime, then when you retire that money is returned to you.

  • 8 years ago

    Well, my husband is a retired vet with a back injury so bad he didn't even have to appeal his first application. They granted it without hesitation. He lives on massive amounts of narcotics just to be able to walk and no surgery will fix him.

    When will you start complaining about retired vets being lazy and taking money not to work? Will you ever try to meet some of the people you are looking down on or will you continue to maintain your position high on the horse?

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