Speaking of Disability
I'm not the only one posting about Social Security Disability:
Jonah Goldberg has a short piece in the Los Angeles Times asking if disability is the new welfare. Some interesting quotes so you don't have to use your limited number of free views to the Times:
"The government in Britain recently did something interesting. It asked everyone receiving an "incapacity benefit" — a disability program slowly being phased out under new reforms — to submit to a medical test to confirm they were too disabled to work. A third of recipients (878,000 people) didn't even bother and dropped out of the program rather than be examined. Of those tested, more than half (55%) were found fit for work and a quarter were found fit for some work."
"In 1960, when vastly more Americans were involved in physical labor of some kind, 0.65% of workforce participants between the ages of 18 and 64 were receiving Social Security disability insurance payments. Fifty years later, in a much healthier America that number has grown to 5.6%."
"In 1960, 134 Americans were working for every officially recognized disabled worker. Five decades later that ratio fell to roughly 16 to 1."
This other fellow's blog takes a deeper look at S.S. Disability, including some numbers on fraud.
Hat tip to Richard Rider for the link to the blog.