Social Security Benefits and the Criminal Element in West Virginia

1733 Words Feb 17th, 2016 7 Pages
Look around you, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration’s Official Website “one out of every six people you encounter is on some form of Social Security.” Whether it is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which is for insured workers, disabled spouses, and children disabled before age 22 of disabled, retired or deceased workers. Or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is given to people with little or no income, it is costing the United States government over $66 billion a year to fund. Furthermore, West Virginia leads the nation in the percentage of recipients on Social Security with a whopping 24%, or one out of every four people. (“Quick Facts”) The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program was created …show more content…
It’s a shame that people who live in the greatest country in the world, a country that provides limitless opportunities for success that are far and beyond any other nation in the world, rely and feel entitled to free money plus benefits from the government.
The aforementioned statistics are very disturbing. As a Bail Enforcement Agent it is never a surprise to me when I ask the defendant what they do for a living and they proudly proclaim they are on SSI. What comes next is even more disgusting when I ask them if their parents work. The answer is usually almost always the same they’re on SSI too. It amazes me that a person who’s on SSI can go out and rob someone, sell drugs, or beat their wife, but they cannot work.
On one occasion, I received a call from a lady who wanted to bail her husband out of jail for DUI, which is driving under the influence of alcohol. I asked where her husband worked and she said he’s on SSI because he has depression. I then asked her if she had any income and she said she makes $2000 a month. I asked her where she worked and she said she makes $1300 a month from SSI and her son makes $700 from SSI too because he can’t read or write. She continued on to talk

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