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Old 01-20-2005, 11:38 AM   #1
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Default Rush Limbaugh Speaks

I am not sure of the validity of this essay/speech, but the contents make a lot of sense!

Love him or hate 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 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.

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 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 write your elected officials and make the changes that should be done.

"Nature demands of us that we pay attention." Lee H. Whittlesey in Death in Yellowstone
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Old 01-20-2005, 11:45 AM   #2
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Most of it is true according to snopes with the exception about Congressmen:

The claim that Congressmen can receive lavish pensions after serving only a single term in Congress (eventually totalling into the millions of dollars) and that they neither pay into nor receive benefits from the Social Security fund is misinformation already covered on a separate page of this site. (As of 1998, the average annuity for retired members of Congress was about $48,000.)

I think it does suck but that is the mindset of our country. I think most here will agree whether they are liberal or conservative.
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Old 01-20-2005, 12:07 PM   #3
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OMG, I agree with Inmountains and Rush!

I was gonna start a thread on this a while back but never got around to it. I do think it is insane the amount of money being paid to the victims of 9/11. Did these people not have life insurance? Why should they be given special treatment? Also, I read somewhere that recently most insurance companies no longer cover terrorist related incidents. Anyone else heard this?
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Old 01-20-2005, 01:00 PM   #4
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I only disagree with one statement

this is part and parcel of over 50 years of entitlement politics in this country.
The rest of it is right on.
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