by Dustin Siggins | May 4, 2014 8:25 pm
Remember Jesse Jackson, Jr.? He’s the son of race-baiter Jesse Jackson, and formerly a Member of Congress. He’s also a proud member of the nation’s prison population.
He’s also receiving over $100,000 annually for a mood disorder a doctor says he has, and $45,000 as a partial pension retirement from his time as a Member in Congress:
Let’s return to Jackson Jr.’s convenient mental illness. It all started during a circus-like event last summer. The congressman vanished for about two weeks amid a looming criminal indictment before his office revealed he was on medical leave for “exhaustion.” A few weeks later, Democratic leaders in Congress pressured Jackson’s staff for more information since it became obvious he wasn’t returning.
The response: Jackson’s condition was worse than originally thought and required him to be hospitalized for emotional problems. After much speculation from various media outlets, Jackson’s doctor issued a statement saying: “The Congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder. He is responding positively to treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.”
The late onset of what we now knows is a debilitating mental illness makes Junior eligible to get $8,700 per month in government disability pay, according to a news report that also says the slammer-bound politician can get a partial federal pension of $45,000 despite his transgressions. So what does Junior’s dad, the world-renowned civil rights con man, have to say about all this? The Reverend Jesse Jackson says his son has been very sick and is still in recovery. “This time a year ago I thought we may have lost him,” the senior Jackson wrote in a letter to the court.
Jackson has been convicted of using campaign funds for personal use, which is why he’s in prison. Whether one believes that the alleged disability is a real or contrived one, getting over $100,000 because of it seems a bit farfetched. Certainly, it’s cause to examine why a criminal is getting this much — never mind any money — for doing nothing.
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