It’s never a good thing to allow violence to become your only means to correcting a problem. Every single problem that we face can be solved without the use or even the threat of violence but in a culture where that’s all we see or all we hear, its seems to be the only way we choose. Washington is not the only place where change is needed.
“Judges who hear Social Security disability cases are facing a growing number of violent threats from claimants angry over being denied benefits or frustrated at lengthy delays in processing claims.” “There were at least 80 threats to kill or harm administrative law judges or staff over the past year – an 18 percent increase over the previous reporting period, according to data collected by the agency.” “I’m not sure the number is as significant as the kind of threats being made,” said Randall Frye, a judge based in Charlotte, N.C., and the president of the judges’ union. “There seem to be more threats of serious bodily harm , not only to the judge but to the judge’s family.” “Fifty of the incidents came between March and August, including that of a Pittsburgh claimant who threatened to kill herself outside the hearing office or fly a plane into the building like a disgruntled tax protester did earlier this year at the Internal Revenue Service building in Austin, Texas.” “About 1,400 administrative law judges handle appeals of Social Security disability claims at about 150 offices across the country.” ” Social Security Administration spokeswoman Trish Nicasio said the agency continually evaluates the level and effectiveness of office security and makes changes as needed.” “We are taking appropriate steps to protect our employees and visitors while still providing the level of face-to-face service the public expects and deserves,” Nicasio said.” (Hananel, Sam, 11/14/2010, Associated Press, Social Security judges facing more violent threats, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org ).
While some of us are really not used to the struggle of living from day to day, there is a group of Americans who have found a way to deal with it without violence and those individuals can only be found in the ranks of the nations poor. Much of it is depicted as criminals and drug dealers but that is only a small portion of it, the biggest portion is those who receive denials much more than receive approvals. We, the public, need to use our energy to find ways to reduce the lengthy delays between application and decisions. This will provide far better benefits and satisfaction than violence ever will. Everyone can understand how important it is to provide for one’s family and make ends meet but it is never ever worth a person’s freedom let alone a life.