Archive for October, 2007

The Rush for Free Money

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Once again, I am going to surprise myself with the person I choose to quote. A few months ago I repeated worthwhile statements made by Rosie O’Donnell, and although she is not a personal favorite of mine, her words were meaningful. Today I will quote Rush Limbaugh because what he said makes sense. After all, if I were to allow personal feelings or preferences to get in the way of sharing valuable information, I would be no better than some of the government officials we are dissatisfied with.

Although Limbaugh’s statements may be unpopular with some people, especially those who suffered through 9/11 as victims or families and friends of victims, they have a great deal of validity. After searching through various versions based on legend, I was able to get the direct text of Rush’s statement about September 11 compensation versus the compensation received by the citizens serving in our military:

“I think the vast differences in compensation between the victims of the September 11th 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 11th. 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 11th 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 that are getting an average of $1.185, 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 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.”

While I certainly would expect the victims of 9/11 and their families should receive compensation, it should not vastly exceed the compensation given to our military. I also wonder where it ends – while huge segments of the working population suffer, there are more people looking for incredible amounts of free money. Transient victims, illegal immigrants, barely injured employees are all seeking astronomical compensation for minimal effort. Meanwhile, you have military families living on food stamps and single mothers with jobs turning to shelters because they cannot survive on minimum wage.

While we get involved in the alleged international crisis for the financial gain of a few government officials, it remains at the expense of our middle class. Without our tax dollars, the immigrants would not get free medical care and the myriad of victims would not have funds to draw from. The sad part is that the very people who support everyone else are getting no support themselves. As prices of oil, utilities and milk increase, hard working men and women are unable to support and feed their families – right here in America.

The next time you cry at a late night infomercial showing children starving overseas or a news show paying tribute to the victims of 9/11, remember that charity begins at home and life is for the living.