"It's primarily economic desperation -- people on the margins who ... have no other place to go, and they take a shot at disability."
- MICHAEL ASTRUESocial Security commissioner, as laid-off workers and aging baby boomers flood Social Security's disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward insolvency
"The white population is older and very much centered around the aging baby boomers who are well past their high fertility years."
- WILLIAM FREY,demographer at the Brookings Institution, on the new U.S. Census Bureau projection that predicts Caucasians will no longer be the majority ethnicity in America within 35 years
"If this were a movie, this is when the scary music would start."
- DAVID JOHNHeritage Foundation economist, on the crisis facing the U.S. Social Security program as millions of baby boomers begin filing for benefits this week
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