Do you think that the Government should give
disability checks to people who can work?
(This is not a trick question.)
Everybody, even those in the Tea Party, believes in a social safety net for those that really need it. The problem is that, once a benefit program is in place, people go for the money, whether or not they were the intended beneficiaries. Nowhere is this more true than for Social Security disability benefits.
The executive branch (the President and his appointees) has discretion to determine who is disabled and gets benefits, and the current administration has a pretty loose definition of who is disabled, so many people who get monthly social security disability checks can and do work.
National Public Radio (NPR), generally considered Liberal, broadcast a This American Life piece showing how disability benefits have become a social remedy for something other than not being able to work. Text of story and the podcast. Read or listen, and if you are concerned about wasteful spending and the national debt,, get ready to get real mad.
Some people say that the flooding of the disability roles is part of Obama’s attempt to overwhelm the system of social services, following the radical strategies of Cloward-Piven in an attempt to bring down the American system [Google: Cloward-Piven]. Just like the open border and the 2014 child immigration crisis.
The Fringe Benefits of Being Disabled
Free medical care (Medicare or Obamacare), and some get housing assistance. It pays a lot better than many jobs, plus whatever is earned under the table.
BTW, social security disability is an entitlement regardless of whether the beneficiary ever paid FICA taxes.
Comparing the American With Disabilities Act (1990)
Under the American with Disabilities Act, many businesses cannot discriminate against people with disabilities in employment decisions, and must make reasonable accommodations for the disabled.
The premise is that, just because a person can not do certain things (like walk) does not mean that he or she cannot be otherwise productive. This is especially so today with computer-based jobs.
Why is this premise not applied in social security disability determinations, where a carpenter who develops a bad back gets a check, when he could very well do another job that does not involve heavy work or lifting?
The answer may have something to do with currying favor with “disabled” voters, who prefer that check for nothing (or maybe it’s Cloward-Piven).