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So much for the idiots from the current Colvin regime, and those who massage their backs, proclamations of "Get over it, backlogs have always existed..."(See a few threads below). These individuals adamantly refuse to admit it is their pissed poor management which not only caused the present, unprecedented backlog, but is responsible for its continued growth. The refusal of these corrupt, numbers at all costs, obsessed, micromanagers to reinstate the original STDP Senior Attorney Program, which has a statistically well documented history of reducing the backlog, is per se malfeasance, and they must be prosecuted and finally held accountable. They, and they alone, are fully responsible for driving the Agency so far into the ground, it will take years to recover. They have also created an unethical sea of corruption, cover up, deception, abuse of power, favoritism, sweet deals for wrongdoing, nepotism, and lack of accountability, that the circumstances now reek to such an extent as to demand a Special Prosecutor and Congressional Hearings.
Yea but no one cares. You cite a local news story from like Iowa or West Virginia every couple of months. Washington Post did like a blockbuster report on the backlog over a year ago, no one cared, tv didn't pick it up. When Jon Stewart shit a brick about the VA backlog that got cleaned up real quick.
If Jon Oliver did one of his heartfelt damning 30 minute segments on Last Week Tonight about the disability backlog it would be far more effective than anything NOSCCR could do. This is our culture.
@10: 44 Right, just like all his and other celebrity "eviscerations," "ownings," "destructions," etc. of the right and Trump really turned the tide there.The problem is that people are deluded and lazy. Policies create effects. Thus, to change the effects, you have to change policy. You change policy by getting elected folks who vote on and otherwise set policy you agree with. This requires actually pressure, either by forcing them to adopt your position via constituent outcry, or by voting in better people (which requires tons of actual, boots on the ground work).It's all these bougie, educated folks sitting back on Twitter favoriting stupid memes or retweeting clips of Jon Oliver or Samantha Bee thinking that's going to win people over to their side that's one of the biggest impediments to real change.
These clips cater to a niche market of educated liberals who are interested in learning, its not enough to turn a general election. The people that retweet these memes or clips aren't lazy or deluded, I'm sure they voted, there just aren't enough of them. If your going to politicize your social media, you voted. Its just more people are concerned with whether Ohio State will break the top 4. I didn't give my money away or stand on a street corner holding a sign, but I voted. What do you want me to do?But after the dust settles the activism matters when the cause is an outrageous one to defend like health care renewal for 9/11 first responders or a veteran's backlog. The bottom line is people generally don't care about the disabled. The other side is generally suspicious of applicants. Because just like everyone knows someone who is disabled and needs SSD. Everyone also knows someone who isn't and is applying. Someone you think or know could and should be working. Every claim is not particularly meritorious. There are a lot of frivolous claims. There's no cost to applying and I have seen represented claims that are frivolous, no reasonable person would claim otherwise.
should poeple shoot up the ssi offices
Ah but there is a cost to "frivolous" claims...and that cost us the bogging down of a system that is bare bones staffed to begin with.Because there is no cost to apply and because anyone can apply further gums up the system for all. This promotes the "lottery" notion of just keep applying and see if it hits!
Don't forget the LTD companies making everyone that gets benefits file or lose payment.
It would be interesting to superimpose a chart of the national approval rate by ALJs for the same years. I seem to recall that in 2009 or 2010 it was 64%. Its gone down over time.
Yoo're a complete boob. Try to think.
I think someone should exercise their Second Amendment rights on you, dumbass!What a stupid Trump Nation thing to say!
It's clear that congress has failed to agree to fund the agency sufficiently to deal with the projected caseload increases. If you watched the budget process over the past several years, every single time Colvin and the President pointed out to Congress the current backlog and projected increasing caseloads, what budget levels and staffing were needed to deal with it, and what would happen if that administrative funding were not improved. Despite having this information in writing Congress has consistently underfunded the agency's administrative budget, usually by a lot. If you want someone to be angry at when you see claimants getting sicker and dying while they waiting almost two years for their hearing, that's the proper place to look. Our elected representatives have failed us on this issue.
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