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Things that make you say--hmmmmmmmmm ??

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by rusobr2, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. rusobr2

    rusobr2 prineville,or Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    i just had a friend in puyallup,wa-email this to me
    by Rush Limbaugh:
    I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the September 11 casualty and those who die serving our country in Uniform are profound. No one is really talking about it either, because you just don't criticize anything having to do with September 11. Well, I can't let the numbers pass by
    because it says something really disturbing about the entitlement mentality of
    this country. If you lost a family member in the September 11 attack, you're
    going to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of
    $250,000, all the way up to $4.7 million..
    If you are a surviving family member of an American soldier killed in action,
    the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is taxable.

    Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you are the surviving spouse, you get
    $833 a month until you remarry. And there's a payment of $211 per month for each child under 18. When the child hits 18, those payments come to a
    screeching halt.

    Keep in mind that some of the people who are getting an average of $1.185 million up to $4.7 million are complaining
    that it's not enough. Their deaths were tragic, but for most, they were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    Soldiers put themselves in harms way FOR ALL OF US, and they and their families know the dangers.. (Actually, soldiers are put in harms way by politicians and commanding

    We also learned over the weekend that some of the victims from the Oklahoma City bombing have
    started an organization asking for the same deal that the September 11 families
    are getting. In addition to that, some of the families of those bombed in the
    embassies are now asking for compensation as well.

    You see where this is going, don't you? Folks, this is part and parcel of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country. It's just really sad. Every time a pay raise comes up for the military, they usually receive next to
    nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the Middle East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live in low-rent housing. Make sense?

    However, our own US Congress voted themselves a raise. Many of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress one time to receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month. And most are now equal to being millionaires plus. They do not receive Social Security on retirement because they didn't have to pay into the system. If some of the military people stay in for 20 years and get out as an
    E-7, they may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who
    placed them in harm's way receives a pension of $15,000 per month.

    I would like to see our elected officials pick up a weapon and join ranks before they start cutting out benefits and lowering pay for our sons and daughters who are now fighting.

    "When do we finally do something about this?" If this doesn't seem fair to you, it is time to forward this to as many people as you can.

  2. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    I agree.

    Another person and I were just discussing this very fact this morning.

    Misplaced priorities.

    Question is: "Where do we start?"
    Who will cut off their own foot when they are an elected official and push for reform on that issue?
  3. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    Um...the burial costs are only paid if the family elects to have the soldier buried at a place of their choosing. Also, almost all soldiers have a life insurance policy between $250,000-$500,000...that of which you can elect for your loved ones to get in a lump some or in payments.

    The cost of that policy is about HALF as much as any private insurance company would charge you.

    The rest of the money is in addition to that insurance policy.

    Now the 9/11 deaths? I really think that the burdon of the payments should be made by the AIRLINES, not by the government...but at least someone is making that right.

    Now, want to hop on a band wagon to bash our government about? How about the "Hurry up and Die" program for our disabled vets? What about the fact that when you leave the service, someone literally pulls out all your medical records before they give them too you so it makes it ten times harder to claim any type of disability? Mine literally only had my shot record in it.