On April 23rd, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Lucia v. SEC, which raises the question of the legitimacy of the appointment of federal administrative law judges ("ALJs"). Although the case deals with ALJs in the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Court's ruling could call into question the legitimacy of how Social Security ALJs are appointed.
Despite President Trump's campaign promise to leave Social Security alone, his budget director, Michael Mulvaney recently called the Social Security disability a "very wasteful program" that has grown too quickly under President Obama and needs to be fixed. The Washington Post gave Mulvaney's claims "Three Pinocchios", meaning that those claims are "mostly false". Here's why.
Soon after taking office, President Trump announced a federal hiring freeze. One likely impact of a hiring freeze will be even more delays in the hearing process for Social Security Disability applicants.
We saw this column about Social Security disability by Tom Margenau in the Jan. 13 edition of the Tucson newspaper: "The Post-Truth Era and Social Security".