RUSH: I don't mean to pile on here, folks. Cybercast News Service is reporting: "A record of 8,733,461 workers took federal disability insurance payments in June 2012, according to the Social Security Administration" and that number "exceeds the entire population of New York City." So basically 8.7 million people took out federal disability insurance under SSI, Social Security. Now, you want to know the trick about this? You know why this has happened?
Some people are gonna say, "Well, it's because we got a bunch of takers out there. We got a bunch of freeloaders, a bunch of lazy creeps trying to live off everybody else." Partly true. But people need to eat. Barack Obama and his policies have so destroyed the employment picture in this country, people have burned through their 99 weeks of unemployment. There are no job prospects. Nobody's hiring full time, to speak of. And so this program exists, and people are signing up.
I'm sure there are some people that aren't disabled, but it doesn't take much to qualify for a disability under the Americans with Disability Act. It's not that hard to qualify. A lot of people are genuinely disabled and they're properly on the program, but there are probably a lot who aren't. But you know the difference here? You might be surprised to learn that you are never kicked off once you are enrolled. You are on it for life. So we now have 8.7 million "workers" (as the story says) on disability.
We have 8.7 million Americans who are living off of federal disability insurance payments, and can for the rest of their lives. I don't know how much money it is. I don't know what an average monthly benefit is. But all it takes to qualify for a disability now is a half-decent lawyer to make the case for you, because this government advertises. They are out throwing food stamp parties! (You've seen that story.) They're advertising for more people to sign up for the food stamp program.
This regime wants as many people eating, drinking, and living because of it and its so-called benevolence than they would prefer people working. So you destroy the economy, you destroy the job picture, you burn through your 99 weeks, and where do you go? Somebody tells you, "Hey, sign up for disability!" "Oh, okay." So there are 8.7 million people, more people than live in New York City, on disability. And it's for life! If you've got a disability, the checks keep pouring in every month. Disability payments now average $1100 a month.