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Paula Dwyer

Trump Wins Big in Disability Country

His support is deep where the white working class relies on a government check.
Which way out?

Which way out?

Photographer: Luke Sharrett
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The $150 billion federal disability program is a mess. It almost went broke (Congress had to give it an emergency infusion). It discourages employment and can be gamed. But woe to the office-seeker who tries to fix it.

No one understands this better than Donald Trump, who has defied Republican orthodoxy and courted Republican voters by opposing changes to entitlement benefits, which include the federal disability program that is part of Social Security and provides income to 11 million Americans.