The SSI program was originally intended for those liberals branded too old or too stupid to work. It pays very little, about $695 a month and to receive it one must not hold assets or property worth more than $2000.
People with disabilities who receive SSI [Supplemental Security Income] payments continue to be the nation’s poorest citizens. The average annual income of a single individual receiving SSI payments was $7,436 far below the federal poverty level. SSI recipient's income is sixty percent less than the federal poverty level SOMETIMES EVEN LESS!!! Since the first Priced Out study was published in 1998, the value of SSI payments compared to median income has declined precipitously – from 24.4% of median income in 1998 to 18.7% in 2010 while national average rents have risen over 50% during the same time period.
SSI recipients are usually forced on the program against their will by mean liberal relatives and government workers in order to control and manipulate them and steal their assets. Government workers often exploit SSI recipients and subjugate them to humiliation, unnecesary auditing, forced treatment, captivity in group homes or institutions and are often homeless.
The vast majority of SSI recipients are homeless due to low incomes as well as abusive payees. The Representative Payee program manages the majority of SSI funds for victims. The payees are often mean, rude and abusive and steal from the recipients or "beneficiary" as they are labeled. The government often permits this and does nothing about it since they are all lazy bums anyway.
In 2010, as a national average, a person receiving SSI needed to pay 172% of their monthly income to rent a modest one-bedroom unit. In the 12 years since the first Priced Out was published, the amount of monthly SSI income needed to rent a modest one-bedroom unit has increased an astonishing 62 percent. People with disabilities were also priced out of smaller studio/efficiency units, which averaged 99% of monthly SSI. In the end of 2016, those numbers haven't improved.
So it goes with Mark Nugent who wrote to us in response to our many articles cataloging the abuse and failure of our government and the true evil nature of the SSI program and social security, perhaps the only other program other than Obamacare that has failed more than any other grandiose welfare program that Democrats have hashed out since the dictatorship of FDR.
My name is Mark Nugent, I am 27 years old and live in Portland Oregon. I am originally from The Sacramento area, I used to live in Tulare where I grew up. I was born in Tulare and moved to Sacromento When I was 15. I used to be well liked and have lots of friends in Tulare but when we got to Sacro, that changed. I was picked on a lot. My parents and teachers forced me to go to a psychiatrist.
They told me that I had Asperger's syndrome and that I had Bipolar disorder. I was diagnosed solely because I was picked on because of tbe fights I got into. The psychiatrist and my parents blamed me exclusively for all the problems that happened. My doctor was Dr. Guohua Xia. They made no mention of the problems being recent and that I made many accomplishments and had many friends in Tulare. Dr Xia just told me, "Oh, well do you have friends now? No? Then you obviously are the problem!"
Guohua Xia always had negative things to say to me. When I got picked on, he told me that it was my fault for not socializing and for having anti-social behavior. He never said what that behavior was or why it was my fault he just said it was and he said it was also my fault that the meds he forced me to take made me sleepy and prevented me from studying and getting good grades.
Before being medicated, I got good grades. I was an A, B student then I started getting Ds and Cs. I was forced to take it by the teachers and parents.
I was on six different types of medication of Bipolar and autism. Disorders I really don't have. I was on Seroquel, Zyprexa, Depakote and a few other drugs I don't remember.
Also, my parents always took Xia's side against me. They argued that professionals who are licensed do not make mistakes and know better than minors who are totally nuts. When I brought up that Xia was educated in a medical school in Communist China they laughed at me,.
I was told by Dr. Xia that was unable to work and that I probably wouldn't make it in the real world. He recommended that I be forced on SSI and be placed either in a residential care facility or a boarding care home. I freaked out when I heard it. My parents were delighted with the idea.
I was not allowed to work at a job at summer time or anytime. My parents told me I couldn't handle it "because the doctor said so..." I was devastated. I was also told i couldn't work because they wanted me to be on SSI instead and everyone on SSI can't work.
When I turned 17 I ran away from home and hitchhiked to Denver Colorado. I didn't get very far however. I didn't know my social security number and no one in my family wanted to help me. I was told that I had to go back to California. I spent 6 months in Denver. Nobody could help me since I did not have my social and any money. When it got cold I was compelled to return. By this time I was 18 and was of legal age so they couldn't do to much damage to me then. But that doesn't mean they didn't...
When I got back I was forced back on SSI, I was forced back to Brainefit to see Dr Xia who proceeded to make up the worst imaginable lies about me such as that my being homeless in Denver was not because of abuse but because "I was mentally incompetint and unable to care for myself" and put down that I needed a guardian. He also chided me for my personal beliefs.
Well, I learned my SSA number and before they could file guardianship I ran away again this time to Portland Oregon where Ive been since. I went there because SSI was supplemented and to get away from my dad. also mental health services aren't as powerful as they are in California.
That and the fact that I had no education and a psyche record that would keep me from getting a job. I had learned when I was in Denver that the government shares info and private stuff about people with corporations and that just by seeing a doctor and being on SSI was enough to get me away from any decent job!
To top it off, the meds damaged my liver and my brain. I now suffer from ADD as a result from the different meds. I also have diabetes, poor eyesight from the Zyprexa and premature hairloss and balding. I tried to sue the drug companies but I only got a little bit of money. I was homeless for 3 years in the streets of Portland and Eugene before I got housing. I got my GED and I was able to get a part time job at Safeway but it was seasonal. I can only get seasonal employment and temp jobs like Labor ready or grocery and retail. People are reluctant to hire me since I am on SSI.
Dear SSA regulation writers, SSI RESOURCE LIMITS ARE JUST ANOTHER WAY TO DEGRADE THE DISABLED.AND AMERICANS IN GENERAL. PLEASE STOP TRYING TO HELP US! YOU'VE DONE ENOUGH DAMAGE