June 24, 2011, - 1:54 pm

Gabby Giffords Should Resign or Get Back to Work: Disabled But Writing Book on Taxpayer Dime

By Debbie Schlussel

Houston, we have a problem:  an Arizona Congresswoman is hanging out in Houston writing her memoir instead of doing her job.  All the while, she continues to collect her tax-funded $200,000-plus in salary and generous benefits.

If Gabby Giffords Can Write Memoirs (w/Hubby & Jeff Zaslow), She Can Go Back to Work . . . or Resign

It’s unfortunate that Gabrielle Giffords was shot, but the people of Arizona’s Eighth district deserve a Congressman.  Right now, they don’t have one because Gabrielle Giffords is either too incapacitated to work or too busy writing a book while they pay her salary.  I’m not sure which it is, because there are news stories about both.  But if she’s healthy enough to write a book–as her people and Scribner publishing house have announced she’s now doing–she’s healthy enough to work.  And if she isn’t healthy enough to write a book, then her name on it is a complete lie, and she’s a fraud.  And if she isn’t healthy enough to write a book–her doctors are now saying it will be a year before they know this (but author Jeff Zaslow and Scribner seem to know right now)–then she should resign and let her constituents have a capable, functioning representative in Congress.

The endless news about Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ every papercut is annoying.  Again, I’m sorry she got shot.  But it happened. Life happens. And being shot and surviving doesn’t make you a hero.  It simply means you were fortunate, a medical miracle, as six other people died–they weren’t as lucky.  And now she’s resting and rehabbing with no one filling her job and no boss telling her he has to make a decision about filling her job with someone else.

And see, that’s exactly the thing.  For the rest of Americans, we do not get the endless, state-of-the-art medical care she is getting.  We also would not get endless time on the dole of our employer while we recover.  No.  Despite various laws, including the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act, if you were shot and incapacitated, you would eventually lose your job and be put on COBRA–pursuant to which you’d have to pay thousands–or you would be covered by insurance far less generous than what Giffords is getting.  And you’d probably be hiring lawyers to fight over worker’s compensation and Social Security disability.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords needs to gracefully resign or get back to work.  Yes, I know, she is physically unable to do so.  But, if that’s the case, why were yesterday’s and today’s newspapers filled with news that she and her husband are writing a memoir with famed author Jeff Zaslow?  If she can do that, she can get back to work.  There is no reason taxpayers need to pay for her to stay home and write a book pursuant to a lucrative book deal.  Does your employer pay you to stay home and write a book?

Zaslow, whom I know (he lives in the Detroit area), is the go to guy for famous people’s memoirs, since his mega-success with “The Last Lecture” (read my review), the memoir of professor Randy Pausch, who died of pancreatic cancer.  He is a terrific writer and his books get huge monetary advances, and Giffords should donate her portion back to the taxpayers who continue to pay her salary while she’s in Houston writing this book with him.  Members of Congress aren’t supposed to be able to benefit from outside book deals like this, so it will be interesting to see how the publisher has structured the deal to bypass Congressional prohibitions against a payout for Giffords.  The deal was negotiated by high-powered lawyer Robert Barnett, who represented Sarah Palin in her book deals, wo there is a lot of money involved here, and hopefully Congressional ethics investigators are looking into it. Even the New York Times spoke out against the U.S. Senate allowing Hillary Clinton’s book deal struck when she was only a Senator-elect.  (Is there really anyone on earth who cares to read about this? Sorry, Jeff Zaslow, but I have as much interest in this as I did in your middle-aged version of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants/Yaya Sisterhood.)

At some point, the Republicans who control the House and/or Arizona Governor Jan Brewer have to say, we must seat someone new who can actually do the job–someone who actually lives in Arizona, and isn’t hanging out with her astronaut hubby in Houston writing a book about how they met and their dating lives.  Sadly, since she is a liberal Democrat and the object of unearned awe, and they are Republicans, they simply don’t have the balls to do this.

Again and for the third time for all you lefties and empty-headed jealous conservatives, sorry she got shot.  But she did get shot and isn’t working–hasn’t worked for months.

If she is truly deserves even a modicum of the hero status with which she’s been assigned, Gabby Giffords will do the right thing, the classy thing, the decent thing, and hand in her resignation.  At some point, if she gets well and can serve and function in Congress, then she can campaign for the office.

But, right now, absolutely no one is being served here.  And, frankly, it’s utter gall to advertise you are home writing a book on the taxpayer dime, while millions of taxpayers are out of work looking for jobs.

Gabby Giffords, do the right thing.  Resign.

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Debbie, while I agree that paying her an extended and limitless injury comp is unjustified, better have her congressman seat empty that have her vote Arizona and the country into more trouble with her liberal convictions.

Y: I thought of that, but the seat could be won by a Republican with little difficulty. DS

Yanik on June 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Tucson is very liberal. Its not like the rest of Arizona. If she retired, the Democrats could safely pick up the seat.

    But she isn’t doing her constituents justice by not working and still receiving her federal salary and health care benefits – what the rest of us don’t get if we were in similar circumstances like hers.

    Either she goes back to work or she resigns and runs again when she is healthy enough to do so.

    NormanF on June 24, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Sorry Debbie, but I disagree. I lived in Tucson in the 1980s as a college student and I can tell you the country is better off without someone who could win election from that place voting in Congress. In fact Tucson is one of the places in the US (like San Francisco and other ultra liberal areas) where we should be making payments so that they do not have a representative in congress.

I_AM_ME on June 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Agreed. But the reality is expelling a House member takes a two thirds vote and the GOP doing it would be seen as a partisan move. I agree that Giffords should resign but since she won’t you know the difference between congresscritters and the Little People. They live in a different world and to be fair, Giffords isn’t the only one among them.

NormanF on June 24, 2011 at 2:14 pm

This scenario is beginning to look like “Weekend at Bernie’s.” Five months after the shooting, she would be in front of every camera and on every television program – no doubt being hailed for her bravery, courage, etc. etc. – if she were healthy enough to do so. The left would like nothing more than to milk her for every ounce of publicity and anti-conservative propaganda that they could get. The fact that she remains in relative seclusion indicates to me that her condition is more serious than has been disclosed. The Dems would love to run her for Senate (or Governor) and groom her to be the next Sarah Palin – but she is not physically up for the role. So they are going to ghost-write a book for her that advocates gun control, higher taxes and peace in the middle east. Her name will continue to serve as a place holder so that the Republican Governor cannot name a replacement. It will be interesting to see how they run her campaign for her next year.

S: Spot on. DS

salt1907 on June 24, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    The Governor can’t call a special election if she stays in Congress. But given the political makeup of her district, it could be retained without difficulty by a Democrat.

    NormanF on June 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I wish more Democratic Congressmen (and a few Republicans) stayed home. I would gladly pay their salaries if they did not show up to work. The country would be better off.

Come on, the country is better served by Nancy Pelosi at home counting her tens of millions of dollars, or Barney Frank playing with her (his?) interns than either of these girls being in Washington, DC, spending our hundreds of billions of dollars.

Jonathan E. Grant on June 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Or was that a male prostitute Barney was playing with?

Jonathan E. Grant on June 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm

She is lucky to be alive, but anyone with any medical experience will tell you that she will never be the same. Right now she is learning how to talk again, so how can she write a memoir or be a Congressman ?? It is just cruel for the media to pretend that she is all right—off course she isn’t. The damage that a wound like that does is devastating to the brain. She will have to relearn to walk, talk, and there is a good chance that much of her memory is gone.

It is tragic what happened to her and her assailant should fry in the electric chair.She should resign and then in a few years when she has recovered some, then she can write a book.

jimmyPx on June 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Most famous people ghost-write their biographies. They don’t have all the hours in the day to research and write about their own life. They hire a professional writer to tell their story to and he puts it in their own words and they still get credit for it – not the ghost-writer. Its a common enough practice.

    NormanF on June 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Right on, Debbie! You are the only one in the media to tell us exactly like it is. Thanks for exposing this wasteful and gratuitous liberal money and attention grab. You’re the last bastion of truth between us and an avalanche of totalitarian bullsh*t. Thank you.

DS_ROCKS! on June 24, 2011 at 2:47 pm

While I do agree at some point she may determine she won’t be able to do her job any longer and need to resign but I think she deserves time to heal and see if her recovery will allow her back into the position. I am a little surprised at your tone on this one Debbie. Most employers, given a traumatic injury, will give a good employee a chance to return. I think it may even be covered under the Family Leave Act or similar legislation. You should know that, right? Perhaps you need some time off to relax and see the joys in life again. You seem to be getting a little hardened.

M: I’m not getting “hardened.” You are getting bleeding-hearty. And RIF–Reading Is Fundamental. I mentioned the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). FMLA only allows unpaid leave and only for half a year at most. She is getting paid and has been gone for more than half a year. This is a point I made in the piece, that you seemed to have missed in your sobbing over Gabby Giffords–ie., the special treatment she is getting as a Member of Congress that real Americans do NOT get under FMLA. DS

Musiccgirl on June 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    And, of course, the most galling thing is that the ObamaCare she helped vote into law will destroy access to facilities like the one she used to rehabilitate for the rest of us.

    I’m sorry she was shot. As a Congressman, she’s still worthless, before and after.

    Occam's Tool on June 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Yup. If Giffords was treated like every one else, Debbie wouldn’t have written this post. Most Americans don’t get what she does/did and while its perfectly appropriate to have sympathy for her as a victim of a violent crime, its not appropriate to condone her living in a way her fellow citizens and constituents don’t.

    Big difference and it has nothing to do with the fact she’s a Democrat. If she was a Republican, Debbie would still be spot-on with her criticism about this unwarranted abuse of long-suffering American taxpayers.

    NormanF on June 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Did anyone demand this when Reagan (a Repub) was shot? NO! He was incapacitated for at least 6 months, but put on a good show for the American public. It is well known now that his first photo of him smiling ,taken just hours after his first surgery was completed, was when he high as a kite on painkillers. But the USA had to look strong during the Cold War and his true condition was covered up. How much American tax dollars went to HIS medical care?

At least Giffords (liberal or not) is truthful with the American people about her condition. And as to her medical bills, no one knows who is footing the bill. She IS married to a NASA astronaut who’s insurance could easily be covering everything.

Lee in IL on June 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Erm… you really don’t know who’s “footing the bill?” Whether it’s “NASA” or her Obamacare-exempt privileged status as a politician, *I* and other American middle-class taxpayers are footing her bill. There: mystery solved.

    DS_ROCKS! on June 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Ronald Reagan went right back to work as soon as he was out of danger. He didn’t consider it right to write a book in office and act like he didn’t have to do his job. Really, there’s no comparison here!

    NormanF on June 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    He was still capable of functioning and making decisions. Also, Giffords was shot in the head and suffered from traumatic brain damage, which Reagan never suffered from. If President Reagan’s prognosis entailed at least a year of recovery and incapacity, he would have been declared incapacitated and Vice President Bush would have assumed his position. Gabby needs to step down and allow the State of Arizona to call a special election for the vacant seat. That would be the decent thing for Giffords to do, rather than follow the examples of Senators Byrd and Kennedy who refused to resign long after they were obviously incapable of performing their duties. Egomania is not a virtue.

    worry01 on June 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Sander Levin provides about as much value as Giffords does. Levin is supposedly ambulatory though one can’t ever be sure.

P. Aaron on June 24, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Reagan was pretty well recovered within a month. I saw Reagan a couple of days before he was shout, and not too long after. They guy did not lose his power of speech, did not lose any mental capabilities.

Having said that, Gifford can take as much time to recover as she wants and needs. Same with Pelosi, Barney Frank, Pete Stark, and a host of others. Give 49% of Congress a rest. It will be less taxing on our wallets.

Jonathan E. Grant on June 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Jon, not to mention she would get a pension and other federal perks if she retired. She’d still be living better in retirement than the 99% of us will ever do.

    NormanF on June 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Reagan went to Congress within a FEW WEEKS of the shooting and delivered a speech to thundering ovation from both sides of the aisle. He conducted more press conferences in the months after his shooting than Ogabe has conducted during his entire term. He appeared on the balcony to wave at well wishers within DAYS of the shooting. If there is anything the left hates more than America, God and prosperity, it is history and facts.

salt1907 on June 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I too was/am tired of hearing about every time she yawned, sneezed or expelled gas. This coverage would never have happened if she had an R after her name.

BLESS ISRAEL on June 24, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Lee/Reagan took a .22 to the chest. Gifford took a 9mm to the frontal lobe. BIG difference.

#1 Vato on June 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm

With all due respect, Gifford’s bullet was aimed at our system of government by a lunatic- she was a serving office holder of our government. She is no different than a soldier in Iraq.

We already know her memory and focus have been permanently affected.

There are things that have nothing to do with left or right or D or R. There is also the decency to respect the courage, even luck, that she is still with us.

zilla on June 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    It has nothing to do with courage. If you or I went on long-term disability, would our employer give us our full salary and benefits? In addition, how would the insurer and employer feel if we decided to take a world cruise or write a book during out convalescence? It is very doubtful that the insurer or employer would not try to at least attempt to prevent the misuse of such benefits. Also, Giffords does have a responsibility to her constituents. She has not been a participant in the House of Representatives since the the shooting. At some point, sentiment needs to give way to responsibility. Finally, if she is actually writing a book, she should be well enough to return to Congress.

    worry01 on June 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      So you are for universal healthcare then?

      Dossva on August 2, 2011 at 12:58 am

Giffords was doing her job, despite threats and violence to her office, when she was shot. On a weekend. Her constituents overwhelmingly support leaving her in office.

On the other hand, you might want to check your facts. Giffords’ doctor hasn’t said she isn’t healthy enough to write a book. What he said is it will take a while (possibly a year) to know what her ultimate health will be. If you’ve ever broken a bone, or known someone who has, you might have experienced this. At some point you start living your life again but the bone’s ultimate strength is still healing. So it will be with Giffords. She is getting better and be able to do more and more over time.

Both the press release on the memoirs and Giffords’ husband, have made it clear that, for now, Kelly will be taking the dominant role in the book. As Giffords recovers further she’ll take a larger role. There are also many interviews to be done that don’t involve either Giffords or Kelly.

It’s also quite a different thing to remember portions of your life for an article or book and do a job as a Congressperson. One could easily be capable of one but not yet the other.

Giffords is receiving no advance for the book. It’s also been announced that a portion of profits will go to charity. What Giffords probably does have is huge hospital bills. While you may not have an interest in reading sure a book, many of us do. If that then goes to pay off that medical debt, I’m OK with that. One less thing anyone should be worried about while recovering.

Are you so sure that companies don’t leave jobs open? I’d suspect that most bigger companies would hold a job for those hurt on the job. For example Bob Woodward’s job at ABC was held while he recovered from a very similar injury.

@Jimmy, doctors have made it clear that Gifford’s memory is intact. Being shot in the head does not mean your brain turns to mush. The bullet, luckily, took a trajectory which truly limited it’s damage.

Holly on June 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Hogwash. Congresscritters get free, federally subsidized health care. I doubt Congresswoman Giffords has any medical bills to worry about. The rest of us have to worry about our finances if we fall sick to catastrophic illnesses but somehow that doesn’t seem to concern you in the least!

    NormanF on June 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      Hogwash. House and Senate members are allowed to purchase private health insurance offered through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which covers more than 8 million other federal employees, retirees and their families. Like other large employers, the government pays a large share of the cost of coverage. On average, the government pays 72 percent of the premiums for its workers, up to a maximum of 75 percent depending on the policy chosen.

      Since Giffords was shot while doing her job, none of this will be relevant anyhow. She will be covered (as are all employees in the USA) under Workman’s Comp.

      Holly on June 24, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I was wondering when someone was going to say something. I didn’t know about the book deal, but the people in her district should have a representative.

Also, Debbie has a great point about the salary continuation and medical benefits. If this happened to anyone of us, we’d be on disability (if we’re lucky to have a policy) drawing about 60% of our pay and struggling with COBRA payments.

Giffords’ husband is a well-paid astronaut. If she resigns, she still gets all the federal benefits a spouse of a public employee would enjoy; plus she’d likely enjoy a nice disability payment as I’m sure our Congressmen and their families have an insurance policy of some kind.

We’re pushing on 6 months of disability. That’s a long time for a two-year term Congressman. I doubt there’s a provision for substitution in the event of temporary disability and HR terms are so short, it hardly makes sense to mess with it.

Giffords needs to resign or get back to work. She was a very dedicated representative and I find it strange that she’s not itching to get back to work. Like Deb says: if she can’t do it, she’s gotta pass the baton to somebody that can.

Unfortunately, that’s the problem. She might likely be incapable of passing the baton. If the AZ government that appoints Giffords’ replacement is Republican, the honorable thing to do is to appoint someone who Giffords recommends (i.e. a Democrat); not some GOP party hack who sucks up to the party bosses. You know they’ll never do that and that could be one of the reasons Giffords is not resigning.

There is NO Santa Claus on June 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I have to correct Debbie and you: the state government cannot fill a House vacancy by appointment. It can call a special election to fill the vacancy. If a House member resigns or dies, that is the procedure.

    NF: In my case, that is an incorrect correction, as I never said or wrote anywhere she could hand-pick the person or fill the vacancy. I am well aware of how this works and that the Governor sets elections to fill the seat, which is why I merely said it’s time for Congress and Jan Brewer to say we must seat someone new. Obviously, new elections must be held first, but Congress must agree to unseat her and Brewer must choose to set an election. If either refuses, it cannot happen. Was trying to be brief, since I didn’t want to go into the details of the process to make my point. DS

    NormanF on June 24, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Who is minding the store right now? Her staff? Government by lackey?

Tanstaafl on June 24, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    The staff is minding the store right now. They keep perpetuating this notion that she is doing fantastic and will be back to 100% peek performance (just as James Brady how he is doing after being shot in the head). Why? It means the staffers still have a job and she is their “golden goose”. The talk in AZ is that Giffords “was going to run” for Senator Lettuce’s seat in the next election and “would have won.” Yeah, right… and all of this was “revealed” by the AZ democrat party AFTER she was shot. Another reason for her not stepping down is so that her husband could run for her seat in the next election (did anyone notice that her husband resigned from the military/NASA the past week? Just watch…)

    Also, did anyone notice the photo of Gabby that was released by her staffers a few weeks ago was taken PRIOR to her having surgery to replace the missing skull section? She has a very long road ahead of her in her recovery and it is very cruel what her staffers and the DNC are doing… not only to her constituents but also to her.

    pats on June 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Her staff is probably seeing to constituent services. As for her participation in Congressional activities, she has to be there to cast votes and participate in legislation/debates. That is what the job involves and for $200,000 a year, its not a lot being asked of her in Washington.

NormanF on June 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Norman, the only thing the staff is doing for the constituents is giving them a snow job. They are truly not doing much of anything else but running “positive” PR for Gabby.

    pats on June 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm

She was injured on the job. She, all policemen and firemen who are injured in the line of duty, should not be expected to resign.

GG: When was the last time an injured cop or fireman was NOT replaced and allowed to remain “on the job” at full pay and benefits while indefinitely, with endless healthcare, while staying at home and writing a multi-million dollar book? Tell it to the cops and fireman who had to fight–and many are still fighting–for benefits and pay after 9/11. Sorry, but your comparison fails. DS

GGood on June 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm

“Ronald Reagan went right back to work as soon as he was out of danger. He didn’t consider it right to write a book in office and act like he didn’t have to do his job. Really, there’s no comparison here”

Dude, Ronald didn’t take a bullet to the skull like Giffords did.

DuShawn on June 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Attempted murder is enough to change your life. It doesn’t matter where you got hit! And its not a partisan issue – no one is making it one.

    NormanF on June 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I agree with Debbie and those who say she should either do her job or resign. And the taxpayers who pay her salary are not limited to those of her Tucson district.

But there is a broader question involved. The Republicans don’t have the guts to do anything, just like they don’t have the guts to go after any of the other PC shibboleths.

So Giffords’ situation is the most prominent PC dogma out there right now. If the taxpayers and their representatives have the guts to demand she either do her job or resign, it will set a good precedent; it will make it easier to challenge all the other PC straitjackets we are forced to endure. So the Dems have a special reason to defend Giffords. She is a PC symbol (remember the garbage about civility?) If things are done right re Giffords, it will make it easier to make some of the other PC dogmas right.

Little Al on June 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Curiously, were you all asking McCain for his resignation in 2000 and 2008? Did you ask for Kerry’s resignation when he ran? Kennedy’s when he had cancer? I don’t remember a whole lot of discussion of the topic over any of these folks.

    holly on June 25, 2011 at 2:48 am

Just as weiner announced he will resign, but till he does the actual paperwork he gets paid and his retirement check gets bigger the longer he holds the office. All about the money.

ender on June 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Bravo! Great truth telling as usual. 100% agree!

I have been thinking the same thing.

No way Jose that the cojone-less Republicans will speak the truth on this one. Blabbermouth-Schultz will be her heinous best and construct a “Republicans are Eeeeeeeeeeevil” campaign that would succeed because the Yanks here are shockingly stupid and facile.

I wish DS was in charge of Congress. We’d have a great America again!

Skunky on June 25, 2011 at 6:24 am

If or when she has to use her husband’s military health benefits, do you think she will be treated in the exact same way that any of our servicemen are being treated? I doubt it.

Jarhead on June 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

Where in the world did Holly spring up from? Here 2:48 comment defies logic, even though she probably stayed up all night thinking of it. Par for the PC crowd.

Little Al on June 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Why does anyone expect different (ethical) behavior from any elected official? It seems to me, the moment they win an election they join their party ranks and are taught how the game is played. If they don’t go along with the other lying criminals already there they are ostracized and made virtually powerless. So they become all about getting re-elected and sucking up the benfits of their position. Just my opinion.

Maui Man 420 on June 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Giffords was shot and partially killed in the service of her country. That is the crux of the thing.

While the circumstances are happily unusual, she came into harm’s way as a civilian, not as a prepared, equipped soldier. That’s worth something, because, it doesn’t always come down to dollars and sense (pun).

On the other hand – the hand on which the article is written – she has a literally sworn duty to serve. Up until now, she has served as a poster child for the political wakeup calls for which we have desperate need. Whether or not she is at the tipping point where that form of service has ended is not an easy thing to define unequivocally.

That she would have -surely- died, given the care she would have received in most any socialistic medical program anywhere in the world, and the pointing up of that fact, is another form of service.

That is not to say that the argument in this article is meritless. It is in fact, quite pertinent, if a tad cold-blooded. Interesting that I would make that last observation: I tend to be the one being identified as ‘heartless’ or ‘cold-blooded’. I don’t know – takes one to know one?? (O;

jobewan on June 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Debbie, thank you for putting this in a proper perspective. It’s a very sad state of affairs, but it is questionable if Gabby Giffords will ever resume a normal life. She or, if she really can’t decide for herself, a family member should tender her resignation. On the other hand, what the hell, why would you want to when you’re getting deluxe care courtesy of the taxpayers.

Naomi R on June 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm

You fucking horrible bitch. What a nasty cunt of a woman you are. For a woman to write this about another woman – a woman who is battling to get back to normality just shows you up to be what I said you were. A CUNT.

SJ on June 27, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I agree with SJ. The bitterness, anger, and moral depravity that afflicts the right wing in this country is both scary and appalling. I just don’t understand what is making you people such sad and soul-less people. We live in a great, beautiful country, where our spirit, compassion and strong values are a beacon for the world. Except for people like this woman, of course. She hates our country – and what it stands for.

HammerinHank on July 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm

“And see, that’s exactly the thing. For the rest of Americans, we do not get the endless, state-of-the-art medical care she is getting. We also would not get endless time on the dole of our employer while we recover. No. Despite various laws, including the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act, if you were shot and incapacitated, you would eventually lose your job and be put on COBRA–pursuant to which you’d have to pay thousands–or you would be covered by insurance far less generous than what Giffords is getting. And you’d probably be hiring lawyers to fight over worker’s compensation and Social Security disability.” And that’s exactly why we need universal healthcare but I’m sure you’re against it. You, Debbie are a despicable person. I could not think of a lower position to take on her situation. Are you vying for Nancy Grace’s seat on TV? Seems like.Clearly you have a formula. Play the devil’s advocate on any and all issues and paint them as an us versus them debate. It’s so plain it’s comical. Anyone can do it if they’re good at turning a phrase. I’m sure you could make the case for us not getting involved in Libya just as easily as you could defend the invasion of Iraq as a result of the 911 attack. You are a true spin master and your sheeple will follow you all the way to the bank. But Karma is a bitch.

Dossva on August 2, 2011 at 12:45 am

Gabby Giffords should resign. The people in Tucson will eventually come to this obvious conclusion but it will take a few years. I wonder how long this will go on until Tucson will do the right thing and ask her to step down. I would like to ask Tucson this question. Do you trust her judgement? She has brain damage.

John on November 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

Brutal. You Americans can be brutal.

Karen on November 23, 2011 at 9:12 pm

most likely giffords will receiive a sum of money monthly for the rest of her life thru the federal workmans comp program
senator robert byrd took long abscenses and stayed a senator till he died

ted409 on December 29, 2011 at 10:04 pm

you all are wasting your time. she ll be out of office by jan
uary
if she wants to stay in office she ll run in november. by the time a new person was selected to fill her office and got there its gonna be election
time
shes on federal workmans compensation she more than likely end up with a disablity check every month for the rest of her life. i noticed that alot of you you arent in arizona. so you dont know whats up her. id make a bet that if she ran and never campaigned she d win again. some politicians are already asking for funds for her to run hence doing her campaigns for her
do a little research and find out whats what i found out abuot her bein on federal workmens comp in less than 10 minutes

ted409 on December 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Everyone on here should READ the article’s referenced book. The majority of it, with the exception of the last “chapter” (a few paragraphs) is written by Mark Kelly. Gabrielle Giffords spent 5 months undergoing intense inpatient rehab and her office has taken over 99 percent of her duties and kept her informed. She has voted when necessary and has kept herself informed by reading newspapers every morning.

In the eyes of the law, Gabrielle Giffords’ congressional seat is not considered vacant. A congressional seat is only considered vacant if the member dies, resigns, or his seat is officially declaredvacant by a vote. Since she is still very much alive and most of her constituents as well as the majority of congress have rallied behind her, it does not seem that her seat will be vacated until at least the next election. Aside from that, since she was injured while performing her congressional duties she is also entitled to her healthcare benefits and workman’s compensation.

While she certainly has some lasting effects of being shot, she continues to improve and seems to have very strong cognitive ability. And for my money, given the visible and palpable outpouring of support she has received, if she decides to run again she will almost certainly win. Peace. Love. Gabby.

Kerry on January 10, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I feel no I’ll will towards Mrs Giffords and hope for her full recovery for an OWCP Accepted Condition but;

    While G Giffords was allowed “Carte Blance,” and the best of the best medical care covered under OWCP and TRICARE, other Gov’t Employess are treated differently by OWCP.

    Mrs Giffords also made numerous media appearances, worked on a book(outside employment) all while collecting a government salary and OWCP Benefits.

    In 2011-2012 it’s been reported that Mark Giffords, while employed as an active duty U.S. Naval Officer, was paid in excess of $441,000 for private speaking engagements, (Btw, this could be construed as a violation of DOD Regulations).

    There are NUMEROUS Gov’t Employees that have been denied OWCP privileges that Mrs. Giffords was afforded without any Gov’t hindrance and rubber stamped.

    All the rest of us would just like to receive our OWCP Benefits unhindered and provided the administrative application of OWCP Rules and Regulations along with the OWCP Case processing that Mrs. Giffords is receiving.

    Even the Head of the Dept of Labor issued a public press release on the date of Mrs. Giffords injury. Did any other injured employee receive the same treatment????

    All we want is to be provided fair, quality heath care and OWCP Benefits equal to what Mrs. Giffords has received.

    Just Getting By on January 23, 2014 at 1:06 am

I own “Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope” so I just counted exactly how long Gabrielle’s portion of writing is. It is one chapter, approximately 1 page long, 9 paragraphs from start to finish. So it would be unfair to say she’s concentrated more on her now published memoir (which in all fairness is actually her husband’s memoir detailing her life before she was shot her process of recovery until approximately September 2011) than her recovery, when she wrote just one 1 page of the 350 page book.

Kerry on January 10, 2012 at 4:51 am

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