[One of the basic functions of the governments of modern developed nations is to make provision for the basic needs of their citizens — particularly those variously disabled by medical conditions, injuries, or simply the infirmities of aging.  Private charities can and do handle a small fraction of such needs.  Some of our national religions pride themselves on taking care of their own — and simultaneously urge their members to oppose taxes necessary for government to assist others.  Simple cost cutting such as illustrated in the article below which has caused massive delays (nearly a million cases now) is but one more way to dodge responsibility for the well being of our fellow humans and particularly citizens of our own country.  Ed Kent]

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Social Security Disability Cases Last Longer as Backlog
Rises
By ERIK ECKHOLM
More people have lost their homes, gone bankrupt or even
died while awaiting an appeals hearing on their Social
Security disability claims, lawyers say.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/10/us/10disability.html?th&emc=th


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