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Dec 04 2012

Social Security Disability Becomes Popular Career Choice

Even after liberals have remade America in their own image, there will still be a place for men. That place will be on the Social Security disability roles:

In 1960, some 455,000 workers were receiving disability payments. In 2011, the number was 8,600,000. In 1960, the percentage of the economically active 18-to-64 population receiving disability benefits was 0.65 percent. In 2010, it was 5.6 percent.

One reason for the explosive growth is that you no longer need to be disabled to be disabled.

[Nicholas] Eberstadt [author of A Nation of Takers: America’s Entitlement Epidemic] points out that in 1960, only one-fifth of disability benefits went to those with “mood disorders” and “muscoskeletal” problems. In 2011, nearly half of those on disability voiced such complaints.

It wouldn’t be easy for bureaucrats to prove that somebody doesn’t feel sad or have a backache. Fortunately for them, they don’t have to prove it. Their objective is to load as many dependents on the federal gravy train as possible.

As with every other serious problem we face, the situation is deliberately being made worse under the Obama Regime:

Between January 2010 and December 2011, there were 1,730,000 new jobs and 790,000 new people collecting disability.

It’s all part of the “fundamental transformation” of America into something unworthy of the name, which is personified by Obama but did not begin with him.

In 1948, 89 percent of men age 20 and over were in the workforce.

In 2011, 73 percent were. Only a small amount of that change results from an aging population. Jobs have become physically less grueling and economically more rewarding than they were in 1948.

The difference is that liberalism has had a couple generations to rot away our souls.

On a tip from Artfldgr.

19 Responses to “Social Security Disability Becomes Popular Career Choice”

  1. Wilberforce says:

    Remove a nation’s sense of dignity and moral absolutes, and here we are!

    Can you imagine giving these men a glimpse into the future to what their nation would become?

  2. Hillman says:

    It’s easy to get on the disability gravy train once the so-called mood disordered pays a scum sucking lawyer $6500.00 to make it happen. It’s a scam dreamed up by our liberal rulers and the low life lawyers.

  3. justme says:

    I have tried for years to get several fake “disability” scammers thrown off the rolls and put in prison. No one cares. Despite providing full dossiers on them that included their own incriminating email, witnesses and intimate details of their scams – not one has had their disability taken away. The Social Security Administration won’t bother, the local District Attorney couldn’t care less, the politicians are only concerned with votes. Trust me, for a decade I did everything I could AND NOTHING. The con-artists continued collecting what is now over $1Million in tax free money that is stolen from the rest of us.

    We are the stupid ones for not getting a fake disability too. It is OUR money, why shouldn’t we get it back before someone else steals it?
    Get disability and buy gold or stable and sustainable economy currencies.

  4. James McEnanly says:

    I see a problem in this in that when Obamacare takes force, people who are disabled would be deemed to have ‘lives not worth living’. These people have made themselves easy targets for the death panels.

  5. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    It’s that perverse incentive thing again.
    If you pay people to do nothing, they will find a way on that gravy train.
    This includes those “precious” employees in the fraud department at the SSI administration.

    The case workers at our local welfare office have no incentive to initiate fraud investigations on their “clients”
    None. Not even on blatant offenders.
    Those that do anyway are transferred to other departments at the first possible moment.
    I suspect SSI is set up similarly

  6. Doug says:

    “Thanks for the tip Dave. Now I can troll Moonbattery AND get paid for it!”

    /Fez and the gang

  7. Henry says:

    Progs are still bitching and moaning about Reagan “dumping” the mentally ill on the streets; ObrownMao is going to fix that – ObrownMaoCare won’t have the resources to care for them, so they will be rounded up and warehoused for “treatment”.

  8. Bo-Jangles says:

    Did you know that Dems made drug addiction a “disability” worthy of a monthly check?

  9. Tchhht!!! says:

    Bo-Jangles says: December 4, 2012 at 8:51 am

    “Did you know that Dems made drug addiction “disability” worthy of a monthly check?”

    Well that’s interesting. I know a fellow who tried to pass himself off as an alcoholic to get on SS disability. It didn’t fly. Maybe he should try again.

  10. TheChaoticStorm says:

    I don’t mind paying for folks who really need it. A good friend can now barely walk unassisted due to a severe back injury sustained in the Army. He is in constant pain. I don’t mind paying for folks like him, especially since he was injured serving his country.

    Those who are scamming the system, who have minor issues or none at all that would prevent them from working, or issues that are self inflicted and treatable, steal precious resources from those who do need it. It is more than just shameful greed – it is downright despicable.

  11. Jodie says:

    bob says:
    December 4, 2012 at 7:37 am

    That’s a great post bob! So perfect for TODAY. And it’s exactly what I am reminding myself of all day long lately.

  12. Jodie says:

    TheChaoticStorm says:
    December 4, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I agree with you. I don’t mind paying for those who are truly in need, but not the scamming leeches. I have a friend who was often close to death and had to suffer through years of fighting the Social Security Admin. for benefits. (He is a white male.) He was finally approved, but only after – like Hillman above said – the lawyers got their $6500.00.

  13. Jimbo says:

    I’m fully vested in social security – I’ve been paying in since 1962. For me, social security IS NOT an “entitlement”; it represents a big portion of my savings. The fact that these freaking lazy goons assume my money is their entitlement makes me absolutely sick.

    Liberals are such lazy thieving bastards it is dizzying. They aren’t human.

  14. Katya Kakhov says:

    Damn , reading alla that sure got my fybromyalgia to flarin’ up .

  15. Fm patient says:

    That’s right, and Gulf War syndrome doesn’t exist,nor does muscular sclerosis fuck all non-able bodied people,they need to go die.

  16. Fm patient says:

    Oh yeah, and while we’re at it,slash veterans disability payments too,there is no such thing as PTSD or ‘shell shock,or “traumatic brain injury.”
    Fuck them too.
    Don’t expect mercy when you give none.
    Molon Labe

  17. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    And the left will hold your friend up as the example, while stealing his benefits for their voters
    Mental-illness claims, in particular, are surging.

    During the recent economic boom, only 33 percent of applicants were claiming mental illness, but that figure has jumped to 43 percent, says Rutledge, citing preliminary results from his latest research.

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