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Raise SSDI standards

Mark Javorka (Aug. 17) rails against Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for recognizing that our budget-busting entitlements are unsustainable and must be reined in. Otherwise, we end up like Greece.

As part of the welfare state fundamental transformation, this administration has lowered standards and greatly expanded eligibility for Social Security Disability to include large numbers of dubious recipients who could work, but won’t, and now don’t have to. The indisputable facts on all of this can be found in the Sept. 1, 2014, issue of Barron’s, for those who are interested in the truth.

Instead of advocating for further burdening taxpayers, piling on to the debt, or linking SSDI recipients to regular SS that workers have contributed to, I suggest that those who wish to save this safety net program lobby government to raise SSDI standards, rescreen all recipients and cull out the phonies. Otherwise, they’ll all face a haircut next year.

Mark McFall

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