If there was ever a better symbol of what a fiscal mess we are in, I don’t know what it is. The Washington Times has this must read story today about Stanley Thornton. If you read nothing else today, read this. Thornton spends his days pretending he is a 350 pound adult baby. He sleeps in a crib, drinks from a bottle and wears (and presumably uses) diapers. His female roommate acts as his “nurse” giving him bottles and cleans him up. You are paying for them both through Social Security disability.
Stanley Thornton Jr. and his roommate, Sandra Dias, who acts as his “mother” . . . are collecting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits instead of working.
Senator Tom Coburn is not amused.
Coburn “has asked the Social Security Administration to investigate how people who live their lives role-playing as adult babies’ are able to get taxpayer-funded disability payments – after one of them was featured on a recent reality TV episode wearing diapers, feeding from a bottle and using an adult-sized crib he built.”
The story gets even weirder. After being contacted by the Washington Times about his life as a diaper wearing freeloader, Thornton threw a tantrum:
“You wanna test how damn serious I am about leaving this world, screw with my check that pays for this apartment and food. Try it. See how serious I am. I don’t care,” the California man said. “I have no problem killing myself. Take away the last thing keeping me here, and see what happens. Next time you see me on the news, it will be me in a body bag.”