I have been unemployed since Nov. 2004. I have always held a job or two paying taxes for 34 years. In Nov. 2004 I was released from my job due to lack of work since congress passed the Check 21 Bill and checks can now be presented electronically. I know I was one of the chosen to be laid off due to my health issues causing bad reactions, decisions, and attendance. The main health issue of concern is a diagnosis of Chronic Diareah, Depression, and High Anxiety. I have also had 3 back surgeries. I was not able to walk, stand or sit at all before the 3rd surgery. Since that surgery I have always had severe pain and numbness in my feet, lower legs and sometimes the groin yet I still went to work. I have also been diagnosed with High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, and migraine headaches. I am on several medications which make me drowsy and not as alert at times. With all of this I have already been turn down twice for my SSI Disability Benefits. First I was told my file got lost is one reason it has taken so long for a turn down decision. My Lawyer as well as several other lawyers have told me this is normal procedure because the money I paid in 34 years is not available and the next step will be going before a judge in about another year. I have already lived on all of my savings, my 401k, and my retirement pension, all gone. I have absolutely no money for my medication, doctor, home or bills. I do have a roommate who is barely able to make the mortgage payments alone. I just cannot sit and wait another year on our government while our country spends BILLIONS bombing, rebuilding and assisting other countrys when our own country cannot even help it's own citizens. I was born in this country and worked 34 years paying SSI and all other taxes and I cannot believe what is happening to me. Most of the Gulf coast looks like a war zone, and this is OUR country. We seem to be able to find the money to keep sending our troops to another country to die yet we don't have the money to take care of the many needs of our own country. What a shame. Congress needs to take immediate action to restore our country. When Bush took office all tax payers received an extra tax refund because of an overage. Oil companies, and pharmaceutical companys report record profits. It is the tax payers, U.S. citizens, making them richer as we common folk become poor. Something really needs to be done about our SSI disability program. Question- why can't Bush put a freeze on gas prices the way Carter did when he was in office? Is it because he owns oil wells himself? Sounds like a conflict of interest as well as price gouging. They do not care a thing about the poor or common people.