Disability Insurance: A Hand Up, A Hand-out or A Human Warehousing Program?
No reason to get excited.
The Thief he kindly spoke.
There are many here among us,
Who feel that life is but a joke.
– Bob Dylan, “All Along The Watchtower.”
The old, off-color joke used to go like this: “What does the suburban American housewife do with her (expletive)-hole every morning?” “Send him to work.” Now it appears there is more money to be made in sending him to the welfare store instead. Compared to collecting disability, work in lower compensation postions is increasingly being viewed as a sucker’s game. A 2009 survey by the SSA found the following:
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Recipients of federal disability checks often admit that they are capable of working but cannot or will not find a job, that those closest to them tell them they should be working, and that working to get off the disability rolls is not among their goals. More baffling, most have never received significant medical treatment and not seen a doctor about their condition in the last year, even though medical problems are the official reason they don’t work. Those who acknowledge they’re on disability because they can’t find a job say they make little effort to find one, according to a Washington Examiner analysis of federal survey results.