First, I think it's an idea with great merit.
Please consider a diagnosis of "Acute Radical Conserativitis". During this
condition, the hapless sufferer has occasional fits of rage, directed toward
the drunken spenders in Washington DC. Moments of acute swearing, and eye
brow furring when the name of BeeHo is mentioned. Complications include
mental befuddlement when asked why one is unemployed.
To rate a diganosis of ARC, one must suffer from four of the following nine
1. Became unemplyed after 2008
2. Sputters curses like "I work for my money!" when asked about going on
3. Watched All in the Family for two or more consecutive years
4. Calls the current president "meathead" or "that goddamn socialist"
5. Has pictures of Ronald Reagan at home
6. When asked, believes that tax cuts stimulate the economy
7. Considers self to be white, or caucasian
8. Usually male, between ages of 35 and 62
9. Insists that his disdain for BeeHo is not because of any racist
Christopher A. Young
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I recently read a news report entitled "As unemployment benefits end,
non-workers turn to disability." It seems as if those whose unemployment
benefits have run out are turning to asserting some sort of disability to
receive SS payments.
That got me thinking.
As you may recall, my current squeeze is an intake clinician at a mental
health hospital (certifications out the kazoo). She interviews patients and
posits an initial diagnosis, then recommends for or against hospitalization.
Having done this for thirty years, the stories she can tell! (Many involving
the same people she first saw thirty years ago.)
Anyway, my scheme starts with an advertisement:
"Unemployment run out?
You may be eligible for disability payments"
People call for an appointment. They come in for an interview. A number are
selected for several counseling sessions. Those that cannot be readily cured
after, say, five (paid) sessions are recommended to Social Security as being
afflicted with long-term, or permanent, mental defect or disease, thereby
assuring they get something coming in every month from SS Disability.
This is not meant to be a scam on Social Security (wink, wink). There is, no
doubt, a reason these people can't find a job. That reason may very well be
organic, schizophrenic or other psychotic disorder, an affective disorder,
mental retardation, anxiety, somatoform, addiction, autism, or simply that
they smell funny. If the individual IS afflicted with any of these, he or
she needs an advocate to help them get that for which they paid during their
As I'm continually impressed with the breadth of knowledge found on this
group, and each person's ability to point out the flaws in the simplest
plans, I'm soliciting comments on the above idea.
Thanks in advance to all who want to share.