It is conservatively estimated a third of disability claims are phony. The disability system in the United States has grown from a small program in the 1950s to one that serves nearly 12 million people today, and it is almost out of money. The program's budget of $135 billion exceeds those of the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Labor put together. The statute governing disability says that if there is any job in the economy that a person is able to do, he or she is not qualified for disability payments.
But a bad economy, a revision of the rules that make it easier to qualify and an aging baby boomer population have combined to see claims skyrocket. Many people who have run out of unemployment benefits, but are too young to collect Social Security and refuse to look for work, rely on the program to make do while the Obama regime insists the government turn its head.
Another cause of the spike is lawyers who pitch their services on TV. A glut in appeals for denied claims has caused a backlog of almost 1 million cases. "If the American public knew what was going on in our system, half would be outraged and the other half would apply for benefits," said a disability judge. In 1971 fewer than 20 percent of disability claimants had lawyers. Now, more than 80 percent do.