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2013 Is the Year to Go to Work, Not Go on Disability

Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) -- The National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the U.S. recession ended in June 2009, yet 2012 didn’t look like much of a resurgence.

To me, the number that sums up the year’s doldrums is the 1.27 million increase in the number of disabled Americans without jobs from November 2011 to November 2012. This statistic reflects not only the sluggish recovery but also a drifting nation, badly in need of tough medicine.