by Rush Limbaugh
11 March 2002
I think the vast differences in compensation between victims of the September 11 attack 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 officers.)
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.
Just last week our fine upstanding members of Congress voted themselves another pay raise, when: "Under a House-Senate conference measure, approved by the House last week and poised for passage in the Senate on Wednesday, spending for the legislative branch will increase 5.8 percent this year, boosting Capitol Hill's annual budget to $4.7 billion." This my friends is on top of an automatic 2.8 percent raise that occured in January, the same time they were giving out Billions in bailouts, they also gave themselves one.
All the while our troops in Afghansitan wait for something, anything out of Congress to help them in their fight. And the Executive Branch still dithers about a coming up with a strategy for Afghanistan.
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.
How many people CAN YOU send this to?