I think the “Scrooge of the Day” award has to go to Nicholas Eberstadt:
In recent years, the biggest increases in disability claims have been for “musculoskeletal” problems and mental disorders (including mood disorders). But as a practical matter, it is impossible for a health professional to ascertain conclusively whether or not a patient is suffering from back pains or sad feelings. The government’s disability-insurance programs were intended to address genuine need.
It might come as a surprise to Mr. Eberstadt but despite its expansion in recent years it’s pretty difficult to qualify for Social Security Disability. It would be nice if he treated us to some actual statistics on the rate of fraud and abuse in the program rather than smearing all recipients. Some people actually have “genuine need”.