How Government Grows

That’s not the subject of this piece from 60 Minutes tonight. No, the actual subject is the fraud that embeds the Social Security Disability system.

Give it a look here.

When you look at the alarming rate of growth in many government entitlement programs like this, you have to wonder if the need is really increasing this dramatically, or if a few insiders have figured out how to game the system for profit – at taxpayers’ expense.

My column to be posted tomorrow will tie into where the national GOP may want to start messaging to attract and retain independents. Clips like this should help.

One thing that the GOP should start to make clear: It’s time to distinguish those who need public assistance from the blights on humanity that abuse the system for their gain at the expense of ours.


  1. Harry says:

    Disability claims will render the social security system insolvent in short order. Workers comp is another area ripe with significant abuse in some if not all states. California saw a fourfold increase in number of WC claims over the past several years. OSHA must not be too effective in preventing workplace injuries, or the legal community is getting ramped up.

  2. saltycracker says:

    Yawn. The fraud in disability has been going on for years, in plain sight and as the lady said, with a straight face, what are the jobless to do ?

    Just walk into any SS office and look around or note the legal ads on TV. Disability is a fast growing cottage industry.

    It’s all good or why else would we not invest the money in treasuries and reduce the withholding for a while ?

    SS is employee and employer monies spent and the IOU called an entitlement . If SS was an insurance company, it’s administrators would be in prison.

    • saltycracker says:

      In 2004 I took someone to the Marietta SS office and we were surprised that of all the folks there, a senior was rare. Subsequent conversations over the next decade indicate Disability was expanding and now booming.

  3. John Konop says:

    I agree with Charlie, as I posted in the past……the GOP should center the debate around real tangible dollar reform. The sad part about this is a basic transaction fraud system would of caught this years ago…..This pattern would of jumped out……

  4. Noway says:

    Thanks for posting the clip. Just another example of rampant theft and abuse in our beloved “entitlement” welfare programs. Sickening….

    • benevolus says:

      Well FWIW, there’s tons of theft and abuse in the military procurement programs as well. And we don’t have to remember too far back to know how rampant the theft and abuse in the financial markets has been.

      It’s human, not political. Wherever you find a sufficient number of humans, you will also find someone trying to abuse “the system”.

      • saltycracker says:

        What counts is how we deal with it. Theft from the people is NOT acceptable and an unwillingness to address it is national rot.

  5. Jackster says:

    So if tons of people “left the workforce”, and are no longer looking for work, then would that mean they are now disabled?

    I wonder if there’s a correlation there.

    • John Konop says:

      I saw this on 60 Minutes last night. The biggest correlation I saw was the closing of factories ie lack of working class jobs against high abuse locations. This is obviously wrong, but it a symptom of what happens when we gut the working class. This is happening all over the western world…..While the places ie China…….. that took the jobs are having people commit suicide based on the working conditions…….

      • benevolus says:

        I would question whether suicide rates are comparable across cultures. Different cultures have very different attitudes about suicide.

  6. seekingtounderstand says:

    Charlie what about the consequence of government using internet service providers and big software developers and other companies to spy. We will loose business because the global community doesn’t want to be spied on just because they bought USA products.
    What Snowden revealed will have real consequences on one of our leading industries.
    Republicans could win votes on the issue of job loss and more companies moving off shore and out of reach. They could even win the youth vote on this issue.
    Jobs, jobs, jobs

  7. Charlie says:

    WSB has more today. The Judge in the cases mentioned by 60 minutes above (they said he vigorously sought out the cases) is being implicated in Coburn’s report:

    “The report accuses retired administrative law Judge David B. Daugherty of scheming with lawyer Eric C. Conn to approve more than 1,800 cases from 2006 to 2010.

    “By 2011, Mr. Conn and Judge Daugherty had collaborated on a scheme that enabled the judge to approve, in assembly-line fashion, hundreds of clients for disability benefits using manufactured medical evidence,” said the report by the staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

    “Conn runs a law firm specializing in disability cases in Stanville, Ky., near the West Virginia border. Daugherty, who was a judge based in Huntington, W.Va., retired in 2011 after questions were raised about his relationship with Conn, the report said.

    “According to the report, the Social Security Administration paid Conn’s firm more than $4.5 million in attorney fees from cases heard by Daugherty from 2006 to 2010. In 2010, Conn was the third highest-paid disability lawyer in the country, the report said.

    “Investigators reviewed Daugherty’s bank records and found $96,000 in unexplained cash deposits, the report said.”

  8. saltycracker says:

    A few multimillion dollar high profile fraud cases might serve to pacify some but there is no will to do much about the problem except look for more revenue angles or reductions in bonafide claims.

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