Nina Easton: Disability Has Become A Form Of Permanent Welfare

from – Real Clear Politics – by Ian Schwartz

NINA EASTON: To pick up on Charles’ point, there were studies that did show that extending unemployment benefits would actually add a percent to unemployment rate and that’s possibly been proven now. The other question, though, when you look at labor participation being so low, that you have to look at the disability roles, which are exploding. And disability has become a form of permanent welfare for a lot of folks. It’s not that hard to prove a mental illness, or mental issues, or pain issues. And there’s this explosion of law firms on daytime TV advertising on places like FOX that will help you get disability. And yet you have to wonder if you likewise clamp down on disability, if you might see some of the people go back into the work force because, again, it’s enforced poverty. You are stuck in — you are ghettoized in a level of poverty whereas a job has the potential to increase your income, disability does not.

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8 years ago

I had a traumatic brain injury at the age of 8 that left me partially paralyzed. I could have had disability all my life but didn’t take it. Finally, at the age of 60, the pain I had from trying to keep up with healthy people took a toll on me. Several doctors suggested I go on disability, so I finally applied and was accepted. Since that time, I have paid more attention and notice that we have many young ones that are on disability for simple stuff as being asthmatic or bi-polar, or some other silly reason. I believe these are the kinds of people that are abusing the system, and we need to have tougher policies as far as being accepted into the program. If not, the system may be broke sooner than we thought.

8 years ago

Is this supposed to be some sort of revelation? Seriously? People have been filing for Social Security Disability once their extended unemployment benefits have expired for at least a couple of years now. Why do you think the number of people on Social Security Disability has exploded and the system is being financially drained at an accelerated pace? The government is encouraging it, by setting the bar to qualify so low and barring a lot of testing procedures to verify the disability truly exists

The idea is to create an unending safety net of government handouts, which in turn creates a growing percentage of the population dependent on the government for their subsistence living. That’s the Progressive Democrat (Socialist) model. Kill the work ethic of the population and the you gradually kill the nation. Instead of working to better one’s life and that of their family, people end up sitting around waiting for when the next government check to arrive in the mail. A country goes from first world status to third world status real fast under those conditions.

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