Though he recently quit the Gang of Six debt-reduction talks, Senator Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, continues to tackle one of the main sources of the federal government's spending: taking care of adult babies. Like the rest of the world, Coburn was greatly disturbed by 30-year-old "adult baby" Stanley Thornton — who was featured on NatGeo's Taboo earlier this month — but mostly because he and his roommate/"mom" are receiving Social Security disability benefits. Coburn has written a letter to the Social Security Administration, demanding an investigation into whether this baby-man really deserves to suckle from the government teat, as it were.
“Given that Mr. Thornton is able to determine what is appropriate attire and actions in public, drive himself to complete errands, design and custom-make baby furniture to support a 350-pound adult and run an Internet support group, it is possible that he has been improperly collecting disability benefits for a period of time,” Mr. Coburn wrote in a letter Monday to Inspector General Patrick P. O'Carroll Jr.
He has a point there. Just because Thornton enjoys playing with toys and pooping in a giant diaper all day, doesn't mean that taxpayers should have to support his bizarre lifestyle. On the other hand, you could certainly make the case that, despite the ability to run errands and build obese baby-man furniture, Thornton suffers from a mental disability that precludes him from holding a job. And then there's this:
In an email response to The Washington Times, Mr. Thornton threatened to kill himself if his Social Security payments are taken away, and said the television episode showing him doing woodwork oversold his abilities.
“You wanna test how damn serious I am about leaving this world, screw with my check that pays for this apartment and food. Try it. See how serious I am. I don’t care,” the California man said. “I have no problem killing myself. Take away the last thing keeping me here, and see what happens. Next time you see me on the news, it will be me in a body bag.”
We never thought a fight between a United States Senator and a 30-year-old adult baby could be unfunny, but there you have it.
Senator questions benefits to ‘adult baby’ [Washington Times]