In this past presidential election, many Americans and much of the world were shocked by the seemingly impossible result of Donald Trump’s victory. One of the major reasons that Mr. Trump was ultimately elected was his huge support among those who live in what have become known as “flyover states.” This term largely refers to the states in the geographic middle of America, which most people only see from airline windows when flying on transcontinental flights, and, rarely, if ever, actually go to as a destination.
One thing that cannot be denied is that many in these areas are struggling economically, and according to a recent news article from the Washington Post, many are turning to disability benefits for help. Interestingly, this article is suggesting these people may be “just desperate” rather than disabled. Another interesting point is that the White House is using the increase in numbers on the Social Security disability roles due in large part from these residents of flyover states as justification for cutting the program. However, the White House is blaming the Obama administration and strongly implying the increased number of disabled Americans receiving benefits is a result of those in the inner cities of America instead of rural America. Continue reading →