- Post 19 July 2012
- By Copy Editor
(John Hinderaker | Power Line) -- In the Age of Obama, Americans may be better off faking disability than trying to find a non-existent job. Obamanomics reached the bottom of the barrel last month, when more Americans went on disability than found jobs. That is, apparently, the end point of the welfare state.
In fact, though, the steadily rising number of “disabled” Americans predates the Obama administration. Today, the Congressional Budget Office released a report on the Social Security system’s disability program. Its findings are grim. This chart shows how the percentage of Americans receiving Social Security disability benefits has steadily grown, with that growth accelerating during the Obama years:
Given the immense amounts of money that are spent on medical and vocational rehabilitation, it is hard to believe that the number of Americans who are physically incapable of working has grown. The causes of the increase must be sought elsewhere. Note that the percentage of working-age Americans living on disability has more than doubled since the Reagan administration.... continues...