LynneSin (1000+ posts) Mon Jun-09-08 04:18 PM
McCain still getting $58k/year in government disability payment? WTF!!
Edited on Mon Jun-09-08 04:20 PM by LynneSin
First, I think the disability program is an important part of our country but I thought it was for people who were truly disable and unable to actually work or can work but have limited funds to pay for disability upkeep. I realize that McCain served some challenging times during the Vietnam war, but this is a guy who not only makes $250K/year WITH full & complete benefits coverage BUT he is also married to an extremely wealthy woman to boot.
And what really pisses me off is McCain is more than happy to take the $58k a year but he'll then vote again GI Bill rights and other benefits for our GI who could clearly use that $58k a year.
Why is McCain getting $58,000 a year in disability income?
John Aravosis (DC) · 6/08/2008 12:07:00 PM ET · Link
First off, I find it fascinating that John McCain, who is refusing to vote for the GI Bill for our troops because "it's too generous," is himself getting $58,000 a year, tax-free, from the US government for his military service. Had McCain been getting that amount every year since Vietnam, that would total $2,000,000 for the man who isn't into overgenerous government. I just find that interesting.
His staff responded with the classic "he was tortured for his country." Yeah, we get it. The torture card. It's to McCain what 9/11 was to Giuliani's candidacy - the never-ending name-drop. Though what McCain's staff actually said was downright, um, we're being nice to Clinton now, so I won't say Clintonian. Here's the quote:
McCain campaign strategist Mark Salter said Monday night that McCain was technically disabled. "Tortured for his country -- that is how he acquired his disability," Salter said.
Technically? What does that mean? Usually, it means that under the strict reading of the law, you're covered, but in fact it's kind of a nudge-nudge-wink-wink situation - that's what "technically" means. It's called parsing, which is something you do to "technically" claim something is true, when on its face it really isn't. So is McCain "technically" disabled, and taking $58,000 a year tax free from the government, or is he actually disabled? I would imagine there are other solders who are actually disabled who could use the money. And if he is actually disabled, just how disabled is he?