In Obama Era, Number of Americans on Disability Exceeds Entire Population of Greece

Obama claimed that he wanted to “fundamentally transform America” as he got ready to take the White House in 2008. Five years later, we see what he means. We now have more Americans in the depths of poverty, more Americans on welfare, and more Americans taking food stamps than ever. And now we discover that more Americans are on disability payments than the entire population of many foreign countries!

CNSNews reports that a record of nearly 11 million Americans are taking disability payments now in the age of Obama, more than the entire population of Greece. Currently a record 10,982,920 Americans are on disability, the report says. The population of Greece, though, is only 10,772,967 citizens!

Greece became well known during the spring and summer of 2013 as the most fiscally devastated nation in Europe and it looks like Obama is trying to turn the United States into a Greece=like nation, too, but one that would be a far bigger economic disaster to the world.

Worse, the number of Americans on disability have risen in every single measure in every single year since Obama took office.

November was the 202nd straight month that the number of disabled workers in the United States increased. The last time the number decreased was January 1997. That month the number of workers taking disability dropped by 249 people—from 4,385,623 in December 1996 to 4,385,374 in January 1997.

CNSNews also notes that Obama’s destruction of our economy is totaling up numbers higher than the population of other nations, too.

“The record 10,982,920 total disability beneficiaries in the United States in November,” CNSNews says, “also exceeded the total number of people in Portugal (10,799,270), Tunisia (10,835,873) and Burundi (10,888,321).”

We have to admit that Barack Obama has been the most effective ideological president in U.S. history, though. He’s purposefully destroyed the country and done so in a systematic way, for sure, all befitting his hate-America-above-all ideology.

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Posted by on December 5, 2013.
Filed under Barack Obama, Big government, corruption, Culture, Culture Of Corruption, Democrats, Economics, Liberals.
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com "The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • jim_m

    The expansion of people on disability is merely for appearance’s sake. It would not look good to have masses of people on permanent welfare.

    Since the goal of the dems is to create a permanent underclass entirely dependent upon government largesse having large numbers of people officially determined as being incapable of working (either from mental or physical defect) is an acceptable solution. No one would complaint that we should abandon people who are incapable of working to support themselves.

    • Retired military

      ” No one would complaint that we should abandon people who are incapable of working to support themselves.”
      Speak for yourself. I told my brother that I was cutting off what little financial support I was providing when he made it perfectly clear that staying on disability was more important to him than working to improve his lot in life.
      BTW he is a lifelong democrat and a flaming racist too boot. Who would have thunk it. And no I am not making this up.

      • jim_m

        I agree with what you say, but what I was implying was that from a political point of view anyone saying that we should get people off disability would be pilloried for suggesting that those receiving disability could ever work to support themselves.

        I think you are right, and the recent rapid expansion suggests that you are, that many of those on disability truly can work and support themselves.

  • GarandFan

    Amazing what a ‘community organizer’ can accomplish.

  • Brucehenry

    Warner neglects to highlight the fact, noted in passing in his own link, that this is the Two Hundred and Second Freaking Month the number of folks on disability has increased. Which means it increased in all 96 months of the Bush administration.

    In any event, this story highlights a statistic I find more worrisome than the number on disability: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/23/us/23prison.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    • Retired military

      Bruce
      Might I suggest that one reason for the exploding inmate population is that our justice system is not as harsh as other countries. Here we spend a million dollars and years to put someone to death. China spends maybe a week and then charges the family for the bullet. NK works them to death in prison camps. Russia has Siberia. Our inmates are better housed, better fed, and better treated than any other country that I can think of off the top of my head. They have more rights than any other nation as well. At least that I can think of.

      As far as the number increasing every month for X number of years. Could that partially explained by our increasing population, our aging population and our acceptance of everything from being overweight to being addicted to drugs as being disabled. In addition, if you look at the rate as person per 100k like your prision study I am sure that you will find that the rate for the past 5 years far outsurpasses any other 5 year period in history.

      • Brucehenry

        Not exactly desirable company. If the US can’t do better than Russia, China, and North Korea we ARE in trouble.

        Can you think of, say, Denmark? Germany? Ireland? UK? Australia? Canada? The Netherlands? Japan?

        ADDING: Also, what a surprise that as the Baby Boomers age there are more disabled workers.

        • Retired military

          Bruce
          I don’t profess to know the inner workings of prison the world around. Most of the countries you specifically mentioned aren’t know for their prisons but I imagine most of them are deplorable compared to the US prison system. Checking google really quick Norway appears to have a nice prison system. Of course with a population the same as a small state and having oil supplies owned by the govt probably helps that welfare state. Any nation with our population I am sure has prisons worse than ours.

          Don’t get me wrong Bruce. I can think of a LOT of improvements we can have in the correctional system in the US. Most would probably violate the civil rights of the prisoners. I would have them working 8 hours a day, and forced schooling. I don’t think we should strictly punish but rehabilitate as well as that stops recitivism.
          My ideas would take probably 2 pages to fully explain and is not the subject of this thread. Most of the things would be politically incorrect but IMO better for the country and the prisoners in the long run (gee I sound like a democrat don’t I).

          Ref the baby boomers, I stated that yes we have an aging population and I feel that does impact the stats but not enough to offset what I feel is the rampant fraud going on in the system.
          BTW I have a sister also on disability who refuses to work. She isn’t racist but does vote democrat religiously. At least she is married and has a husband who does have a job but still collects disability payments.

          • Brucehenry

            With all due respect, what you “imagine,” what you “feel,” and anecdotes from your own family do not = evidence for your argument.

            Go ahead and read the link I included. If you don’t find those statistics alarming we’ll just have to disagree.

          • Retired military

            Bruce
            I scanned the article but to be honest last few days have been really sucky. I feel that a very high portion of folks in the US who are in prison deserve to be there. There are tons of problems with the criminal justice system and there is no solution that will make everyone happy. I have strived to do things right and have never seen the inside of a jail cell. in my opinion it isn’t that hard to stay on the right side of the law. As I stated also I believe that prison could be improved to help solve some of the problem created by repeat offenders which would help solve the problem of large numbers of prisoners.
            Other things could also help solve the problem. Teaching life skills in high school (balancing a checkbook, loan applications, job resumes, etc) some of which are taught in some schools (at least I hope they still are) instead of teaching ebonics, basketweaving, and “feeling good about yourself 101″ .
            I do not deny there is a problem with the number of folks being imprisoned. The causes are many. I don’t think we disagree that there is a problem with the number of folks jailed.

            To the subject of disability abuse. You are correct that my statements are little more than antidotal, however, I have noted several reasons for the number of folks on disability jumping. You only addressed one.

          • Brucehenry

            My only point was that I find this number to be vastly more troubling than the number on disability, which has been on the increase steadily throughout the 90s, 00s, and today. The increase is understandable since the work force is aging.

            The author of this piece makes it seem like it’s Obama’s fault — oh, that’s right, of course he makes it seem like that.

          • Brucehenry

            My only point was that I find this number to be vastly more troubling than the number on disability, which has been on the increase steadily throughout the 90s, 00s, and today. The increase is understandable since the work force is aging.

            The author of this piece makes it seem like it’s Obama’s fault — oh, that’s right, of course he makes it seem like that.

          • Retired military

            Bruce
            whereas we agree that that is one cause, we will have to disagree that it is the main cause (which I believe is your stance).
            Take care and stay warm. I know the east coast is getting hit.