John McCain asks for nothing for his service, but accepts $227,000 anyway

In Sarah Palin's e-mail requesting campaign donations from John McCain supporters she delivered this little gem:
"What I admire most about John McCain is his unwavering ability to put our country first and to ask for nothing in return for his decades of service ..."

John McCain receives a salary of $169,300, plus health care and other benefits from the U.S. government.

McCain also receives a $58,358 annual disability pension payment from the government for the injuries he suffered as a prisoner of war.

So remember, earning $5 million a year is considered rich. Taking $227,600 per year from the government is not even to be considered. After all, he didn't ask for it. And to someone in McCain's financial stratosphere, that money is barely enough to cover the help he employs to take care of his numerous properties and homes.

(Update: After adding in his Navy Pension of $11,038, the price it costs taxpayers for John McCain to give his service freely is at $238,638 per year. HT Chryslin in comments.)


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