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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

McCain's disability pension may renew questions about his fitness - Los Angeles Times

I thought you were only able to pick up a disability check if you were unable to work.  Or a percentage of it if your disability was minimal.  So what's this all about?  Just another rich kid who feels he's entitled to our welfare.  I just looked at his legislation and find he hasn't sponsored or co-sponsored one bill for the non-military disabled in at least 4 years. (i didn't search all the way back to the beginning of his career just back to the 108th congress.  shame shame.)
Oh here's one he voted for...who do you think this would benefit?
 5. [108th] S.392 : A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to permit retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability to receive both military retired pay by reason of their years of military service and disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability.

Wonder who this would benefit?  he spent 23 years in service.

It doesn't seem to have passed.  It was referred back to committee..where all bills go to die.

Now the story.

The LA Times discloses that Sen. McCain is getting $58k per year in disability pay and not everyone is pleased.
    [McCain’s] 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.

My retired Navy friend's comments on the article:
    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?
So, if you’re disabled, I guess you’re only one of the venerated victims of Progressives and Liberals if you vote the right way.
McCain's disability pension may renew questions about his fitness - Los Angeles Times

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