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Jeff Sessions: More Americans Are Collecting Disability Than Finding Jobs

RMan3 Wrote: Jul 18, 2012 1:07 PM
I've had many friends who could have qualified for disability, but they chose not to because they have a "work ethic" (a foreign concept these days, it seems). One co-worker had horrible back pain - took lots of medication - but she still came to work every day and did her desk job until she retired. Go look at the government web site that lists the "qualifications" for SSI disability, and you'll see how easy it is for people to qualify. "Depression" and "anxiety" are on there. Along with that, "claimant doesn't even have to have an impairment that is listed in the Social Security disability blue book to be awarded disability benefits." The government seems adept at finding ways to pay people NOT to work... and we all pay for it.
Summers Wrote: Jul 18, 2012 1:16 PM
My neighbor, a chef, could qualify for disability due to the horrible damage done to her back in a car accident. However, she says she can work and will work, despite a demanding schedule on her feet. I have nothing but admiration for her.

It seems the problem with disability has been the expanding of the definition of disability. Now many people are getting it due to mental health problems even though the escalating numbers are not representative of those truly mentally disabled.

Take a look at these two charts, courtesy of the Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper:



This is an alarming trend. The United States, increasingly, is becoming a nation where more and more Americans are collecting government checks than finding jobs. And, considering only...