McCain fails to lead on disabilities issues in campaign

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 | 10:00 a.m. CDT

First off, let me plainly state here I do not belong to any political party and choose not to. But I do vote on issues and how those issues effect me as a citizen of the country and how those issues affect other disabled citizens and how those issues will be handled by those governing over all citizens in this country.

OK, we all know John McCain is a disabled American citizen, and as such, I, for one, would think he would be a primary frontman for the disabled population of our country as well.

After going to McCain's Web site and searching through tons of information — unless I missed something in the wording or it is so encrypted, I do not see a comprehensive policy pertaining directly to the disabled population of our country at all.  Am I missing something I might have not understood? Am I reading his site incorrectly by chance, and have I lost something in all of the political jargon of the site?

I went to Barack Obama's site, and there is a very nicely laid out comprehensive plan to help the disabled population of this country if he is elected president.

It bothers me — as it should bother all disabled Americans — that, as a presidential candidate, McCain seems to be leaving his fellow disabled brothers and sisters by the wayside in this election.

I have been disabled since birth, and my father was legally disabled from the age of 15,  so this issue is important to me and not only my future but the future of all disabled Americans as well. If this is an important issue to you as well, then stand up, contact your state representatives as well as your congressional representatives and let them know how you feel about these issues.

Maybe for the betterment of all disabled Americans, Congress should look at passing legislation so that no disabled Americans are left out of any or all issues in future campaigns for the presidential seat.

They can call it "No Disabled American Left Behind" in honor of all disabled Americans who try to contribute daily to the overall advocacy for the rights of the disabled population of America.

Why is it that a lot of times the disabled citizens of America are left out of the mix?


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matt okeefe October 2, 2008 | 5:23 a.m.

Senator McCain's lack of support for the disabled shouldn't surprise anyone. When Ross Perot tried to get support to go looking for POWs of the Vietnam War, McCain opposed him! Imagine that, a POW himself, and he didn't want Perot to go find others. How about the reduction of medical benefits for Veterans, which was first implemented by President Bush the day before we invaded Iraq this last time, can you guess where McCain voted on that? Between 1.these issues, 2.his voting record which has supported almost all of President Bush disastrous policies of the last eight years, (or at least disastrous for average Americans yet great for big corporations), 3. the fact that his economic advisor ex-Senator Phil Gramm's 2000 legislation allowed these financial companies that we're now baling out to operate greedily and recklessly without government regulation and oversight, 4. McCain's wife refusing to disclose how much and where, her money comes from as all other Presidential candidates have always done, is there anything that can surprise us about this guy, really?

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Charles Dudley Jr October 2, 2008 | 9:59 a.m.

The huge differences in the policies concerning disability and health care.

Vote on the issues not on people.

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