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The high cost of Poverty

Published on 7/7/2016
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I have a buddy named Fred.

 

I love Fred. He and I have played Table Tennis together for a couple years and I take him to lunch once every month

 

Playing Table Tennis he’s MUCH better than me but he “humors” me when we play. When he could easily finish the point he let’s me keep playing.

 

Over the last few years I’ve seen all of the “good to great” players who live in New Mexico (admittedly a small state) and Fred is (in his early 50’s) one of the top 10 players who live here.

 

He can retrieve shots that most other players can never get to. He’s quick, even tempered and has a great range of shots. He can slam the ball, has a wicked serve and returns other players “kill shots” with the kind of deft “blocks” that frustrate his opponents.

 

Fred has a gift when it comes to Table Tennis and he plays 20 or 30 hours a week honing his skills but it’s just for fun.

 

There is no economic “payoff” for playing Table Tennis at the level Fred is at.

 

But it’s “OK” with Fred. He has a regular monthly check of $800 a month that pays his bills. It’s called….

 

Social Security Disability

 

Fred’s “disabled”

 

Not to worry, Fred has all of his fingers and toes. He drives a car and lives with his mom because his check is not quite big enough to have his own place.

 

25 years ago Fred had a substance abuse problem. He was in and out of jail for a few years. Then a smart attorney who knew how to “work” the law helped Fred get social security disability benefits on the basis that Fred was permanently - Mentally - disabled…

 

And for 20 years (and the rest of his life) Fred is trapped. He might make a little more every year and occasionally he takes a “cash only” job (so as not to alert the “authorities”) But…

 

To protect his $10,000 a year of income and $12,000 a year of food stamps and health insurance benefits, Fred ain’t looking for any full time employment. It’s not worth his time and it doesn’t make economic sense.

 

I asked him a few months ago if he has to report to the social security system periodically. He didn’t even know what I was talking about.

 

In 2001 there were 5,274,000 Americans getting a “disability” payment from the Social Security system.

 

By 2015 the number of Americans getting a “disability” payment had grown to 8,909,000 Americans.

 

Source - Click Here

 

I love Fred but I don’t think he belongs “on the dole”

 

What do you think?

 

Bill Bateman (like Batman with an “E” in the middle)


PS - Entrepreneurs have a “do it ourselves” attitude. One of the best ways to make money online for the average person I’ve found lately is a social platform called empowr - check it out. I’m going to suggest it to Fred - he can make money from his Smart phone

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