The verdict is in. Not guilty. That's right... after Sen. Tom Coburn called for an investigation of Stanley Thornton (America's "adult baby") for fraud, the Social Security Administration has ruled that Thornton wil continue to receive Social Security disability checks. Thornton gained national attention through a National Geographic special which highlighted the fact that this grown man lives life as a baby... wearing diapers, sucking a pacifier, and sleeping in a crib. And he does this with taxpayer money.
As Fox News reports, "Thornton was receiving about $860 per month in disability payments."
He was living with a woman who acted as his caretaker and was also receiving disability checks until she died earlier this year. Thornton claimed that his disability benefits were based not on his lifestyle as an adult baby, but on a range of conditions -- from post-traumatic stress disorder to ADHD to spinal problems to depression. "All my illnesses have had extensive testing," he wrote on his site.
Coburn spokesman John Hart said it appears the individual has been cleared by the Social Security Administration, but that Coburn continues to pursue "not only this case but thousands of other cases of potential disability fraud."
"There exists in America today a disability industrial complex that allows judges, physicians and non-disabled Americans to exploit the good intentions of politicians for their own personal financial gain," he said in an email to FoxNews.com.
Redding.com reports that Coburn's interest began following an episode of "Taboo" on the National Geographic Channel in which Thornton was featured along with then-roommate Sandra Dias who played the role of Thornton's "mother."
The program showed Thornton wearing adult diapers, Dias feeding Thornton from a bottle, and Thornton describing how he built himself an adult-sized crib.
He was shown building a man-sized highchair.
"Given that Mr. Thornton is able to determine what is appropriate attire and actions in public, drive himself to complete errands, design and custom-make baby furniture to support a 350-pound adult and run an Internet support group, it is possible that he has been improperly collecting disability benefits for a period of time," Coburn, a practicing physician, wrote in a letter sent in May to the Social Security Administration.
The report goes on to state that Thornton used to be a security guard and knows that he's just pretending to be a baby, because "it helps him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder from abuse he received when he was a child." That's all well and good, but should the American people be paying for this lifestyle?
We aren't in the stone age any more. We aren't in the industrial age either, where much of the labor was in factories. We are in a technology age where there are more and more jobs that require less strenuous effort. So, do you think that means disability applications are going down? Ha! That's a good one.
As Derek Thompson writes in The Atlantic, "since 1985, Social Security Disability applications have doubled as a share of the population."
It just goes to show that after decades and decades of liberal programs, that the idea of something for nothing has truly set in. People are protesting in the streets for the college loans to be wiped out. Disability applications are going through the roof. And people like Thornton can sit around and suck on a pacifier all day, and I'm the one paying for it! What a country!