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The number of people receiving disability benefits has jumped from 7.1M in December 2007 to an...

The number of people receiving disability benefits has jumped from 7.1M in December 2007 to an estimated 8.9M in March, or 5.4% of the civilian workforce. That compares with just 1.7% in 1970. The increase costs 0.6% of national output, or equivalent to around $95B a year. With the disability program giving people little incentive to leave and find work, Congress has started to make noises about reform.
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  • al roman
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    A lot of people are receiving, A lot.It is an epidemic.Unfortunately.
    8 Apr 2013, 03:56 AM Reply Like
  • ZBNW
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    c'mon, leave, what are you disabled or somethin'?
    8 Apr 2013, 03:56 AM Reply Like
  • XRTrader
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    Yes, this is a sad situation. As a physician, I see a ton of exams done for "disability" work-up.

     

    There are a lot of people who are truly disabled, and for them, these programs are essential.

     

    Sadly, there are many people who apply for disability now as a "lotto" ticket. People who have some medical problems (as many of us do!) - but issues that fall into the grey zone (back pain is one of the biggest issues).

     

    Think about that for a moment: to what extent should we as a society allow non-debilitating problems (severe knee pain, severe back pain) to result in disability? To some extent, we may need to put together programs where these people can find jobs that do not involve standing all day...

     

    Ultimately, we need to find away to close the holes in the system so that only the truly disabled are allowed in.
    8 Apr 2013, 04:14 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    Thank You.
    8 Apr 2013, 04:28 AM Reply Like
  • Kodi
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    I see it as well in my practice as well. People receive food stamps and disability and use the aid to feed their pets. Meanwhile, they are often obese, smoke, have tattoos, piercings, multiple pets, and other luxuries. Yet they feel they are entitled to the aid.
    8 Apr 2013, 05:51 AM Reply Like
  • Follow The Money
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    An epidemic? In 1970 the economy was still doing fairly well. It's pretty simple, companies are finding a million excuses not to hire domestically. Everyone on here should know that. Money is the bottom line, and in our world you need it to survive. This ignorant position that people can just "find a job" should escape a site with so many educated people on it. The incentive to not go on disability is the opportunity to have a better life off of it. Our congress, state legislatures, and current corporate structure are a joke, and quite frankly should be ashamed of themselves for letting it get this way.
    8 Apr 2013, 05:04 AM Reply Like
  • al roman
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    QE has become a "disability benefit" this mode is systemic.
    8 Apr 2013, 05:15 AM Reply Like
  • User 353732
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    The corruption, theft and deceit of the elites has now become the cultural norm for the polity.

     

    Lying, cheating and stealing: What Big Govt, Big Media and Big Banks do wholesale, ordinary people now do retail.

     

    Thus dies a once great Republic: not with a bang but with a whimper.

     

    From a nation of pioneers and entrepreneurs to an aggregation of kleptocrats and knaves
    8 Apr 2013, 05:27 AM Reply Like
  • davidingeorgia
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    Disability is the new long term unemployment check (and one of the reasons why those UE headline numbers that the BLS spits out are worse than useless). They've made it much easier to qualify for disability over the last few years because they want more people dependent on a government check each month. That's a feature, not a bug, to the current regime. People dependent on government checks are much easier to get to vote a certain way when they're needed.
    8 Apr 2013, 06:21 AM Reply Like
  • taxman100
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    Less manual labor than ever in our economy, yet the number of "disabled" is growing and growing.
    8 Apr 2013, 01:47 PM Reply Like
  • Hendershott
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    My back hurts.
    9 Apr 2013, 01:33 AM Reply Like
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