October 8, 2018

Congress Takes the Prudent Course on Disability Insurance

Charles Blahous

J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith Chair

Policy wonks and members of the public are quick to note when lawmakers make mistakes or fail to resolve urgent problems. But when lawmakers act correctly or prudently, there tends to be less public commentary. It’s important to notice, though, not just what lawmakers do wrong, but what they get right. One instance of Congress acting prudently on a major public policy question was in 2015, with legislation affecting Social Security’s disability insurance program...