I hope I am "safe" with this post. In other words I hope it doesn't get tagged as racist because I do not know the vital statistics on the races using it.
A few years ago my sister alerted me to a scam that has been going on since Welfare Reform was enacted. Quite literally, the street jargon of this scam is called "Crazy Checks." After parents were given a certain period of time in which they had to go to (*gulp*) work or lose their welfare checks, the crazy check idea was born. Parents teach their kids how to act crazy in the prescense of health professionals and get them on SSI. My sister teaches in a 90 percent minority school, and roughly 62 percent of the kids receive these checks. Sorry but I don't know a teacher who teaches in a 90 percent white shcool so I cannot give you figures to compare by race. The only plus side to this is that if the kids don't attend school, NO check for momma. So it has brought attendance way up. There are so many kids on it that they employ two full-time social workers from the State Welfare Office who office at the school itself. My sister said that there are families with two and three kids getting a "Crazy Check." The mother wouldn't even have to work with that kind of income (it's about $400 a month per child). I want to know how in the world our govt. could let a scam like this continue. I have a nephew who is autistic, he was taken to psychiatrists since he was 4 years old. My sil gave up rights when he was 18. I tried to get him on SSI twice and was turned down. So, I had tons of medical records on him and STILL got turned down, yet these women can get the whole family on the same program.
This is absolutely absurd and women who have 3 and 4 kids getting a "crazy check" need to be brought under the microscope. I mean, what are the odds over HALF the kids in any particular low-income area public school are mentally or delayed? It just makes my blood boil, especially after struggling with a family member with mental illness who was turned down twice. If a politician promised to fix the SS scams he would have my vote auto. I also have 2 neighbors who draw 100% disability from SS. One of them, believe it or not, got on the dole years ago when that "flu" aka chronic fatigue syndrome was going around. Well most people I know who WORK, experience fatigue; she is out skipping with her two dogs several times a day, the picture of health. The other lady had one knee operation and claimed she was unable to work; she was turned down once then got an attorney and got on full disability. She owns a greyhound and also skips several times a day, or, I should say the dog walks HER. She gets around better than most. I have had pain from back surgery but I still work fulltime. I take care of my kids and keep food on the table all without handouts. I've learned to DEAL with it.
Edit-i was a bit confused with Munchausen definition