As the U.S. gets closer each day to mid-term elections this fall, political rancor increases in intensity. As we know full well in Austin, immigration and foreign policy issues command today's attention of media and politicians alike. But one day soon, the focus will swing back to Social Security Disability benefits. Because the program will require in the next couple of years an upward adjustment in revenue, debate is likely to be heated.
While there's calm before that coming storm, we would take a brief look at two key, though sometimes overlooked, points about the program: benefits are modest and they are earned.