I am convinced that the government made the Social Security application absolutely ridiculous in hopes that people would just decide not to complete it.
I can just hear them now:
Government official #1: [evil laugh] Hehehe! Let's see how terrible we can make this form.
Government official #2: [rubs hands together villainously] Oh, yes! Let's! The more difficult it is, the fewer people will apply! Then we can use the money we save the country on catered breakfasts for the staff!
Government official #3: Ooooooh, I have an idea! Let's make them collect the name, address, and phone number of every single doctor the patient has ever seen!
Government official #2: Great idea! Then we can make them type each one in individually, even if they all have the same address! [cackles]
Government official #1: Let's not forget that we need to require all of the medicines the applicant has ever taken. If they're sick enough to apply for disability, then that will mean a lot of medications! Who's going to do that?!?
Government official #3: [jumping up and down] Oh, oh, pick me! Make sure you ask for descriptions of each medication and how long each was given! NOBODY will have that kind of information!
[All cackle together]
Government official #2: Yes, yes, these are all wonderful ideas! I can almost taste the bacon and eggs now...
I mean, seriously, who asks for this kind of stuff?!?