ADHD – Myth or Neurological Disorder?

Those who oppose appropriate medicines for children who truly need them would have us go back to the “good old days” when children with ADHD were simply allowed to fail. ADHD is a neurobiological disorder of the brain that causes great suffering for children who have it. If the illness were diabetes, would we be […]

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Christian Science Monitor Story Doubts Social Security Deficit Predictions

The Christian Science Monitor headlines a story that Social Security might work fine unchanged for the next 75 years, able to provide pensioners their full monthly checks, the disabled their disability payments, and widows and orphans their needed funds. Widespread suspicion that the Bush administration is not above slanting statistics in politically sensitive areas (the […]

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Should Vets Get VA benefits and Social Security Disability?

Vets’ Commission Chair, General Terry Scott wants to study if vets should get VA disability and Social Security disability at the same time, with the aim of reducing benefits. Currently a vet is eligible for both. Larry Scott notes: The next step in dismantling veterans’ benefits could be a payment reduction, known as an offset, […]

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Immigration and Social Security – Illegal Workers Pay for Services They Can Never Receive

Taxes paid on illegal immigrant’s earnings help pay Social Security and Medicare benefits for US Citizens. The accounts ballooned during the 1990s as illegal immigrants poured into the United States, and it represents about $520 billion in earnings paid to workers. “They’re filling our coffers,” said Vincent Gawronski, an immigration expert and political science professor […]

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Long Delays to Get Hearing Dates Nationwide

In 2005, the average length of time it took to get a hearing after a request for a hearing was 485 days (16 months) from the date one asked for a hearing. The average lengths of time to get a hearing (after a hearing is requested) was obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The […]

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Studies Show Genetic Marker for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Rick Weiss, a Washington Post Staff Writer reported today that new evidence shows that CFS is actually a collection of five-plus conditions with varying genetic and environmental causes, scientists reported yesterday. There is an important common feature: The brains and immune systems of affected people do not respond normally to physical and psychological stresses. See […]

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Here Illegally, Many Pay Taxes Hoping for Eventual Citizenship

The L.A. Times reports that tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants are expected to abide by Uncle Sam’s rules by filing tax returns — with the hope of someday becoming U.S. citizens. Though there is no way of knowing how many people are filing taxes in response to the national debate on immigration, Southern California […]

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Disability and Other Benefits for Vets

From The Chicago Tribune: If you’re a veteran or in the military now, you may not know about all the benefits you’re entitled to. Even if you do, gobbledygook could stop you like a tank. Pick up a government publication and you might need a translator to find whether you’re eligible for some of the […]

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