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Monday, November 15, 2010

The Disabled, From 'The poor, the disabled, the infirm, and kids"

AEI takes a shot at the disability programs:

The fastest rising cost for Social Security isn’t retiring baby boomers, but skyrocketing Disability Insurance benefits. Disability benefits now make up 18 percent of all Social Security costs, up from only 10 percent in 1990. This year, the federal government will spend $125 billion for disability benefits. Including the Medicare benefits that are paid to D.I. recipients, total expenditures approach $200 billion. - Andrew Biggs

While fraud and abuse of any program is of interest, I'm not sure that the assertion that this is the fastest rising cost is true. See here.

As long as we're starting memes, why does the army in Texas need a list of facilities that runs as deep as your elbow?