Tuesday, September 02, 2008

John McCain is 100 Percent Disabled

Here's an interesting story about John McCain, Republican nominee for president of the United States.

McCain's disability pension may renew questions about his fitness - Los Angeles Times
“It is a legitimate question to ask about the commander in chief: Is he fit to serve,” said Robert Schriebman, a senior Pentagon tax advisor and tax attorney who recently retired as a judge advocate for a unit of the California National Guard.

If McCain can hike across the Grand Canyon, then why should he be getting disability payments from the government that are tax-exempt, Schriebman asked.
McCain got over $58,000 in tax-exempt income as a disabled retiree from the US Navy. Very interesting how this works: He was tortured, came back to the US, did extensive physical therapy, returned to flying, and served another 8 years in the Navy. Retired. Presto. Full disability pension forever.

I don't have a problem with a pension. Any soldier who served his or her country in a time of war (meaning, they fought in the war, on or over the battlefield), should be taken care of forever.

However, I do have a problem with the disability aspect. First, McCain clearly has been permanently affected by his multiple broken bones. But is he disabled? He served another 8 years. He's been gainfully employed for over 30 years as an elected official. He is by no means disabled.

The Straight talker ought to get straight about this and give it all back.