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Number Of Americans On Disability Could Populate State Of Georgia — Or 42 Other States

May 8, 2013 by  

Only seven States have a population greater than the total number of Americans now on government disability, according to data just released by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

For the month of April, the SSA reported 10,962,532 beneficiaries receiving payments from the Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund. That number represents a consistent monthly increase in public disability enrollment that dates all the way to 1997 — the last time the number actually went down.

Georgia, the Nation’s eighth most-populous State, had a 2010 Census population of 9.68 million. That means the government is funding enough people on disability to subsidize (or fund altogether) the incomes of everyone in the State of Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina or 39 other less-populous States.

Meanwhile, the size of the U.S. labor force is shrinking.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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