A few days ago the National Geographic Channel’s “Taboo” program featured an adult baby. Stanley Thornton Jr. is 30 years old, dresses like a baby, and sleeps in an adult size crib. His roommate Sandra Dias acts as his mother/aunt/whatever. Okay… weird! It’s a free country. Who cares, right? This guy is getting Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from taxpayers.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes):
- It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and
- It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
This is simply unbelievable. Taxpayers are literally paying for this guy to act like a baby. Senator Tom Coburn has asked the Inspector General to look into the case to find out what kind of disability the adult baby claims to have. As you can imagine, the baby threw a temper tantrum.
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.
I am trying to muster some compassion here, but I’m drawing blanks. I don’t think it’s the American taxpayer’s job to let this guy live in fantasy land, though his reaction to losing government assistance is about the same as most Americans. Unfortunately for Stanley Thornton Jr., there aren’t enough adult babies to form a voting bloc.