This line of attack from AP is what I would consider underwhelming:
Although Republican presidential candidate John McCain has called Social Security “a disgrace,” he still cashes his own retirement check every month.
“I’m receiving the benefits, the system is broken and, unfortunately, my children and grandchildren, according to the trustees of the Social Security system, will not have the same benefits the present retirees have,” McCain told reporters Thursday on his campaign bus.
McCain’s 2007 tax return shows Social Security benefits of $23,157 for the year, an average of $1,929.75 a month. He said he started receiving the payments “whenever I was eligible.”
So what? I rail against the government on a daily basis, but I still vote and use public roads. McCain paid into the system, he is entitled to his payments. There is no hypocrisy here.
If you want to focus on McCain and social security, I would point to the fact that he appears to not understand how the system works.