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Disabled Nation

March 27th, 2013 - 5:44 am

The headline alone from this Washington Examiner editorial is worth clipping and showing you here.

Yet another program brought to you by, and endlessly expanded by, the same people who love to lecture you about sustainability. But the hard numbers are the really scary part:

What happens to the workers who drop out of the labor force? Some retire, some become full-time parents, some go on welfare. But here’s an important answer that is often overlooked: In 2011, on average, one net person has been added to Social Security’s Disability Insurance rolls (and 3.3 to its retirement program) for every five net new jobs created. Since 1970, the number receiving DI has grown sixfold (from 1.4 million to 8.8 million), and the program expenses have grown tenfold, which is unsustainable. The federal government now spends more on disability than food stamps and welfare combined. In 2009, DI began paying out more in benefits than it took in from payroll taxes. By 2016, it is set to run out of money.

Like the rest of us.

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SSDI used to deny almost every claim, even the clearly legitimate ones. Now, the policy is to approve everything. Why? Because someone who gets SSDI falls off the unemployment numbers. It is just to massage the numbers.

People are lining up for this. It is so easy. There are books how to fake the symptoms of unprovable disease. Get a doctor's note for these phantom problems, and get an automatic approval from SSDI. Pigs lining up at the trough.
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I never expected to get Social Security. But now I'm just hoping I get to keep my IRA.

Generation Screwed.
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