It is not possible for him to be speaking for more then himself
authorization has been presented
While Ms. Giffords’s ability to understand what people say to her is strong, she does not have the language skills to express her responses. “She can get across how she feels and what her views are,” Ms. Gillibrand said, but her ability to communicate effectively is hindered “because she can’t talk in paragraphs. That is the development she wants to focus on.”
I'm sorry to see Giffords resign, but her recovery has to be her first priority. Her rehabilitation program seems quite time consuming.
yet for the last year she has not be able to do a lick of her job
She cast a vote to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. Her Congressional aides continued to churn out news releases outlining her positions and hold community meetings
she had a duty to resign
Failing that the House had a duty to fill her seat.
While his neurosurgeon is hopeful regarding Sen. Kirk's cognitive abilities, he will probably be unable to walk and might be unable to speak clearly due to the facial paralysis. Would you demand that he resign immediately too?
"It was the least I could do," Flake told CNN after the address. "It was just an incredible experience to be there with her, particularly after last year, having an empty chair where she should have been. It was just an overwhelming, emotional experience for, I think, all of us."
Standing with Gabby Giffords Giffords arrives for Obama address
Honoring Giffords was something both sides of the aisle could agree on as she prepared to continue her recovery without responsibilities in Washington
.those who sit in the chair (or in Giffords case do not 364 out of 365 days) must either perform their duties or resign, honor demands it.
She gets honored even though she has no honor...
Congress is not a jobs program for the incapacitated....
The Congresswoman was literally injured in the line of duty, and nearly killed, while performing her job of meeting with her constituents, and those constituents did not want her to resign
After mooching at the public trough for more than a year, Congresschick Gabby Giffords will finally resign this week, a move that passed the “it’s about time” point long ago. I’ve written about this a few times (here and here), and several readers have noted that it’s better to have a liberal Democrat in Congress who generally doesn’t vote then an active participant liberal. But, as you know, that’s not how I look at it.
Giffords milked the system big-time. She remained on full pay as a U.S. Congresswoman, with well over $200,000 in annual salary and benefits, despite not being at work for over a year. That’s something that the rest of America would never get, despite paying for it for her. She also got the best therapy, the best rehab, the best medical care money can buy–something the average American will never get, even on Obamacare–which the hypocrite Giffords supported but didn’t make applicable to Congressmen like her (in fact, they will get far less of it under Obamacare). While she was on fully-paid leave for a year, she and her hubby wrote and marketed a book and did media appearances to promote it.
As I’ve asked before, do ya think you’d get to collect full pay on “sick leave” while promoting a book for which you got paid millions? Puh-leeze. Your boss would fire you and probably report you for healthcare fraud to recoup the money and benefits he paid you while you were working full-time for yourself on a book. And even if you didn’t write a book, after a few months, your boss would likely terminate you after you exhausted Family Medical Leave Act time off, and you’d be forced to pay expensive COBRA fees and file for Workers Comp or Social Security Disability. And, again, if you had the ability to write and promote a book and make millions off of it, you wouldn’t qualify for either. They’d laugh at you.
It’s well past time that Giffords resigned and focused on her health, rather than simply milking the system, as she’s done for the last year. I feel for her that she was attacked in the course of her Congressional duties and shot in the head. But she is a victim, NOT a hero. And she’s been using it to bask in glory and make money off your backs.
Again, I feel for this woman for the tragedy of being shot. She’s lucky that she survived and good for her for that. But it’s utter chutzpah to take advantage as she has off the backs of working-class people for whom she claimed to fight, but from whom she merely collected, while double-dipping with a book deal.
Yes, now an able-bodied liberal Democrat will replace her in a a special election, and it will be a vote for the wrong side on pretty much every issue. But I’m approaching this not as a Machiavelli-ette, but as someone interested in fairness and the end to Gabby Giffords chutzpahdik mooching.
Her farewell video on Facebook bore a classy message:
I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice.
I’m getting better. Every day my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.
But her stubborn clawing to hold on to the seat for over a year while she engaged in shameless self-promotion was not so classy.
I hope she achieves a complete recovery, and I wish her well in private life
Giffords struggled with the decision to resign and had been focused on working toward a return to Congress. But after her recent trip to Tucson for the anniversary of the Jan. 8 shooting, she realized that the re-election campaign would arrive quickly and not allow her to focus as much on recovery, Wasserman Schultz said.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) could face a tough fight to return to Washington after Arizona approved new congressional districts Tuesday night -- but so could two GOP incumbents
From someone who thinks along the same lines as I on this
Why do these threads become all about Hawkeye?
It doesn't need to happen.
Because far too many a2k'ers are incapable of argueing subjects wihout throwing turds at those who don't agree with them. These people take every disagreement with them as a personal insult, and so they get personally hostile. We used to be better than this, we used to be more civilized.
Given your poor performance in the arena of ideas I am not shocked that you now avoid the whole exercise, and talk about cats and other fluff so that your ignorance does not hobble you.
I am not exactly shocked that you are so ignorant of how our Government works, but kindly go get educated so that I dont have to watch you make such an ass out of yourself.
Because people feed him.