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Saturday, October 07, 2017

[S]ome people receiving disability benefits are forced to work illegally after the checks are spent -- because they can't hold a regular job, because no one will hire them, because disability payments on average amount to less than minimum wage, sometimes much less, and because it's hard to live on so little. The underground economy has long been a part of rural America, but it has become vital in counties such as this one, deprived of the once-dominant coal industry and redefined by a decades-long swell in the nation's disability rolls that, in its aftermath, has left more than 1 in 5 working-age residents in Logan County on Social Security Disability Insurance, which serves disabled workers, or Supplemental Security Income for the disabled poor.




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"There is this theme of people being crooks, but it's genuinely people trying to find a way to patch together a living when they have very little income," said Mil Duncan, one of the nation's leading rural sociologists. "It's not a moral issue. It's a getting-by issue."


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yup I get a whole $730 a month on disability, in out of this I have to pay my bills and put money aside for property tax which I cant get a discount for so I pay full property tax.

unfortunately I can not illegally work even sitting in my wheelchair is very painful

#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-10-07 01:05 AM | Reply

This is a terrific news story. The lengths some people have to go just to survive in a country as rich as the U.S. are disturbing.

#2 | Posted by rcade at 2017-10-07 12:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wow Punchy, I didn't realize how hard you life is. I had no idea. You are right, property tax exemptions for the disabled is a no-brainer. The least we could do for y'all.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-07 12:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If disability isn't even providing the wheelchair-bound with the equivalent of full time minimum wage why do the no working rules even exist?

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2017-10-07 01:09 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

one of the biggest upsets in our country, is now and will be of even greater impact in the

near future, the legalization of marijuana. My credentials in this field are based on over 50 years

in the business. there are hundreds of thousands of people out there whose prime source and

for others, a greatly needed supplemental source of income is herb. the weed biz is a

comparatively low key enterprise, at the end user level, as opposed to the coke, smack, crystal, oxy trade.

this will be a world wide catastrophy for those affected. mexican campesinos to a great extent
have been forced to switch from bush to poppies. progress for some, inevitable for sure and
a situation that can only be dealt with by a shrug and the admonition "that's life"

#5 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-10-07 01:22 PM | Reply

The no work rules exist because republicans view things in black and white. They think if you can work at all you shouldn't get any help.

#6 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-10-07 01:27 PM | Reply

The no work rules exist because republicans view things in black and white. They think if you can work at all you shouldn't get any help.

#7 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-10-07 01:27 PM | Reply

I warned weed growers that legalizing it would ruin them.

Far to many ignored me.

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2017-10-07 01:49 PM | Reply


people in northern cali are frantic

#9 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-10-07 02:05 PM | Reply

it would ruin them.


How so?

My son-in-law is one of the largest legal growers in Colorado. His business provides good jobs with benefits to over 600 people. The only thing that might ruin him and a lot of his workforce at this point, is if that little toad Sessions gets his way.

#10 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2017-10-07 02:08 PM | Reply



people in northern cali are frantic


So, to save the black market growers it should have stayed illegal?

#11 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2017-10-07 02:09 PM | Reply

this isn't an argument per se. many people and probably society as a whole will be benefited.

a minimum of one million to get in the legal biz in colorado. no one with a record can participate.

it is what it is..like i said, shrug and try to figure out what you're gonna' do

eat your omelette and hope that it's not your bull that's next on the list to be gored.

#12 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-10-07 02:24 PM | Reply

this thread started out about disability..i segued to the herb biz..consider "company towns" when

the company offshores..people the world over are in the crosshairs of inevitability created by

everything from technology to venality and greed. they call it life

#13 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-10-07 02:40 PM | Reply

"people in northern cali are frantic"

Too bad for them, I don't care. Though, the legal constraints on medical marijauna are purposely contrived to continue the illegal purchase of marijauna but that won't save their businesses forever. And it shouldn't. Here in Florida, to get a card to enable you to receive marijauna prescribed by your doctor costs $250.00. Many patients can't afford that, the lawmakers know that. The sales of illegal marijauna to those customers continues. The lawmakers know that too. Greed and good old boy network rules as always.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-07 02:58 PM | Reply

You are allowed to work on disability but the allowable earnings are pretty darn low. I used to work with a woman on disability and she only worked like 20 hours a week at min. wage. She declined raises because of it and was super strict about never staying late or anything, even those 20 hours apparently put her right on the line.

#15 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2017-10-07 03:05 PM | Reply

Too bad for them, I don't care.

PRECISELY..." Too bad for them, I don't care " the universal mantra that could be applied by

someone, on every thread on the DR. John Donne " no man is an island "

#16 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-10-07 03:17 PM | Reply

Um. lol. Weed has been legal in California for years, you just need a medical card. And the price is well established.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-07 03:39 PM | Reply

Danni don't Care!

#18 | Posted by Federalist at 2017-10-07 03:46 PM | Reply

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