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  1. I’ve been bothered for a while by the way disability claims work. I personally know two people who claimed and got disability, and who likely actually were disabled at the time, but within a few years went back to work but continued to get disability payments. If you’re well enough to work, shouldn’t that end your claim?

  2. MOST of the time it should. I was disabled and drawing disability for almost two years. I used that time to rehab physically and learned new skills that allowed me to earn a living a different way. I secured a job and informed SSA. They allowed for working, while still drawing a check for six months, with option to extend in 3 month increments, up to a year,in case it didn’t work out. The rationale being that it’s better to keep you in the system,than it is to go back through application process. After nine months I was making a good living and haven’t looked back. One of the problems now is Obamacare has made private insurance so high, people can’t afford to leave disability and the cheap Medicare coverage

    1. Part of it comes down to the VA not communicating with other agencies. We actually have Soldiers in the Army Reserve who are receiving VA disability. The VA recoups part of their benefits if they drill for pay (as opposed to simply drilling for retirement points), but they are still building a retirement and in many cases are non-deployable.

  3. Illegal Veggies in FL:

    There seems to be a lot of hostility towards home food production in most of the urban, and subdivision areas of FL. Water Management Districts, County Zoning Departments, Deed restrictions, Real Estate Associations, and Home Owners Association covenants can make home gardening difficult, if not impossible. It just depends on your location, suburban and rural areas are better.

    In his 2009 novel, “One Second After”, writer William R. Forstchen, the aftermath of a EMP attack causes almost 100% fatalities in FL.

    Writer Alan T. Hagan, had a slightly better prognosis for FL in his e-novel, “In the Blink of an Eye”, http://www.timebomb2000.com/vb/showthread.php?59158-Story-In-the-Blink-of-an-Eye.

    In “Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places”, (3rd Ed.), author Joel M. Skousen gives FL a zero rating. People who have moved to Florida like to be comfortable and are “unprepared for any significant crisis”.

    If you want to are wanting to produce veggies at home, it is best to stay away from retirement communities, incorporated areas and any community with a HOA.

    You’d be amazed at how much trouble I have had just trying to keep a couple of honey bee hives and a garden…

  4. What is the sourse for the story that Californias economy ranks 37 in the US?

    I’m suspecting apples and oranges. The economy, measured by each state should be similiar to the national GDP.,

    If the story is conflating tax burden with measurement of the economy it’s two different things .

    PS many people in my California neighborhood have ripped up their lawns and planted vegetable gardens . Houses here sell for about $650,000 and almost everyone is fine with artichokes instead of grass.

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