USA Today has an editorial on the recession-related rise in disabled Americans, which we highlighted in earlier posts on this site here and here. The USA Today piece moves the story forward by highlighting the role of lawyers in the Social Security Disability Insurance system. Recipients of the benefits have jumped by 20% in the past 5 years, the USA Today article says. The article mentions the boom in Social Security law firms specializing in getting people disability benefits and reports, "The system is so inefficient that applicants commonly have to wait two years for a decision, prompting them to hire lawyers. Those lawyers typically are paid a percentage of the backpay successful applicants get to cover the time between their claim and the decision. This gives the lawyers a potent incentive to drag the process out, to the detriment of everyone but themselves." Walter Olson? Jim Copland? Take it away.