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Disabled People on Welfare: Up, Up, and Away!

Written by Gary North on January 28, 2015

This headline grabbed my attention: 1 in 3 on Disability Have Mental Disorder; 42.9% in D.C. The first word the popped into my head was “Congress.”

But I was wrong. The article is about people with mental disorders in the general population, not just in the nation’s Capitol.

A basic law of economics is this: “When demand increases, so will supply.”

The federal government pays people who have disabilities. It pays them a lot. Some people prefer to cash government checks for a living than to work for a living. So, what has happened to the supply of disabled people? This:


We read this:

The largest “diagnostic group” for disabled beneficiaries was a mental disorder. Of the 10,228,364 disabled people receiving federal disability benefits in December 2013, according to the report, 3,599,417, or 35.2 percent, were diagnosed with a mental disorder. . . .

In Washington, D.C., according to the report, 42.9 percent of disabled beneficiaries as of December 2013 had been diagnosed with a mental disorder. Massachusetts and New Hampshire led the nation in this metric with 49.9 percent of disabled beneficiaries diagnosed with a mental disorder.

When the federal government pays people if they’re certifiably nuts, it pays people to get certified as being nuts.

Half of these people may have mental disorders, but they aren’t stupid. The government is handing out free money. Why not take it?

They take it.

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