By Rush Limbaugh
Forwarded by Frieda Albert
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 recently 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. (**See end of story)
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.
**Mik, at Testvet@aol.com, is a disabled Army vet and a retired postal worker who sent me the following info to correct the above misconception about congressional pay:
In 1984, Congress changed the Civil Service rules and changed new government employees to FERS, where you have to pay into a 401 K type plan and SS. This also included all newly elected officials, congressmen, Senators. Like all other SS recipients, it is based on how many years they work and how much they contribute.
A Congressmen being elected today, if he or she stayed until 65 years of age, would draw the maximum Social Security (about $2400 a month?). Based on their contributions to FERS, they would also receive another check like a 401K.
There are no more $15,000-a-month congressional retirees, except people like Byrd and Kennedy - and they will probably die in office.
I really doubt if they are worried about a retirement check, do you?