Jul 10

Social Security Disability is Slavery? Really?

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Social Security Disability is something that some people truly need. Something that was paid for by those who receive it. Something that some recipients would gladly give back for the ability to work and earn a decent living again. However, Florida Representative Allen West declared Social Security disability insurance as “a form of modern, 21st-century slavery” on Sunday’s talk shows.

According to Politico, Rep. Allen West implied that since more people are going on Social Security Disability than going into a private sector jobs, the country is … . once again we are creating the sense of economic dependence which, to me is a form of modern, 21st-century slavery.”

Now, I try to keep politics out of my blog articles, but this is crazy. I have represented and continue to represent good people who worked hard for years, paid into the Social Security Disability program, got hurt and can no longer work because of the disability. Don’t they have a right to the benefits that they paid for? I hear a similar argument in my auto accident cases when my client seeks car insurance benefits from the policy that they paid premiums for. It is ridiculous to deprive an American something that they paid for. The individual fulfilled his or her part of the agreement, and the other side should do the same.

I proudly represent those who are legitimately applying for Social Security Disability. The system has its safety valves–though the attorneys’ ethical obligations and the Administrative Law Judge’s expertise and power–to weed out those who should not be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. We even have criminal penalties to punish those who may wrongfully receive Social Security Disability benefits.

I’m not sure if Representative Allen West (or any politician that has similar views) has ever come out of the Ivory Tower and talked with someone on Social Security Disability. Maybe they should before calling them slaves.


Attorney Matthew Noyes fights to get deserving individuals their Social Security Disability benefits. His Clearwater law firm — Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes – has been caring for clients since 1955. Call Attorney Noyes today at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation with Attorney Matthew Noyes.

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