Discussion in 'VMBB Fire For Effect' started by rooter, Jun 6, 2004.

  1. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Glendale Arizona
    Love him or loath him, he nailed this one right on the head.............
    By Rush Limbaugh:
    I think the vast differences in compensation between
    victims of the September 11 casualty and those who die
    serving the 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 just 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.
    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 U.S. Congress just voted themselves a raise, and 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 also 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, you may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed you in harm's way receive 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.If your interested there is more.......................

    This must be a campaign issue in 2004. Keep it going.

    If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and maybe good changes will evolve. WE, each one of us... can make a difference..

    How many people can YOU send this to?
  2. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Mar 27, 2003
    At SouthernMoss' side forever!
    Good post, Chief, and one that all should read.

  3. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Owyhee County, Idaho
    I've seen this before somewhere and it is so TRUE!!

    After 9-11 and I heard about these huge amounts of money to be awarded to victims' families, I was pissed.

    It was not right then and it is still not right today.

    Our people in uniform and their families deserve much more than that which is available to them at this time.

  4. Salvage33

    Salvage33 Member

    May 15, 2004
    Shreveport, LA why leave the USA to visit a 3rd wo
    I heard him say it on his radio show...and read it on his website. I understand why they did what they did with the payments to the families of the 9-11-2001 victims. What I don't understand is why one family got X amount, another family Y amount, and yet another family Z amount.

    The reason for the payout was to avoid litigation and payments that would have bankrupted an airline or two..and several insurance and financial institutions. Those who elected to take the payment have/had to sign a binding agreement that they could not sue the airline at a later date.
    However, it gauls me to hear them continue to this day that they need MORE money and seem intent on finding a way to get even more.

    As for those in the military, the death benefits were instituted back in WWII, I believe, correct me if I'm in error here, and need to be modernized. If you index money from 1941 to today, that would be okay with me. Don't have the figures here now, but believe that the figure would be well in excess of $100,000.00.

    Fortunately, there are several groups who are actively soliciting contributions to help the families of our fallen fighting men and women. The one that stands out is the "Fallen Heroes" group...headed by Sean Hannity and Oliver North.

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