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The Worth of a
Summary of the eRumor A message that contrasts
the compensation between victims of the Attack on America on
September 11 with that given for the loss of a member of the
military. It is said to have been written by Rush Limbaugh.
First, we have not been able to
confirm that this was written by Rush Limbaugh.
The financial figures quoted, however, appear to be accurate enough
to demonstrate the point. Complex tables are used to determine the
exact compensation for each family who experienced loss because of
the terrorists, but the latest estimated average is $1.8 million,
minus any payouts from life insurance. On March 7, 2002, the
spokesperson for the victim's fund, attorney Kenneth Feinberg,
announced that the base amount of the award to be given to each
family would be $250,000. Additional awards would be based on
factors such as the number of children and the estimated income lost
by the death of the family member. That is vastly different
that the compensation received by the family that has lost a member
of the military.
The benefits for military families outlined in the eRumor are
accurate, according to the Department of Defense.
The part of the eRumor that claims that members of congress don't
have to pay into Social Security and retire with full salary after
one term is false. We have that story posted.
HERE for details.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Subject: What is a Military Family Worth?
by Rush Limbaugh, March 11, 2002
I think the vast differences in compensation between the victims
September 11th casualty, and those who die serving the country in
are profound. No one is really talking about it either because you just
don't criticize anything having to do with September 11th. Well, I
can't let the numbers pass by because it says something really
about the entitlement mentality of this country. If you lost a family
in the September 11th attack, you're going to get an average of
$1,185,000. The range is a minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the
to $4.7 million. If you are a surviving family member of an American
killed in action, the first check you get is a $6,000 direct death
half of which is taxable. Next, you get $1,750 for burial costs. If you
the surviving spouse, you get $833 a month until you remarry. And
payment of $211 per month for each child under
18. When the child hits 18, those payments come to a screeching
Keep in mind that some of the people that are getting an average of
million up to $4.7 million are complaining that it's not enough. 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 11th families are getting. In addition to that, some of the
families of those bombed in the embassies are now asking for
as well. You see where this is going, don't you? Folks, this
is part and
parcel of over fifty years of entitlement politics in this country. It's
just really sad.
"Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion
tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." --Adlai E.
Every time when a pay raise comes up for the military they usually
next to nothing of a raise. Now the green machine is in combat in the
East while their families have to survive on food stamps and live in low
rent housing. However our own U.S. Congress just voted themselves a
and many of you don't know that they only have to be in Congress
receive a pension that is more than $15,000 per month and most are now
to be 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
you may receive a pension of $1,000 per month, and the very people who
placed you in harms way receive a pension of $15,000 per month. I would
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
are now fighting.
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