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Pigs must be flying, Limbaugh said something intelligent

Posted by craigbaltz on July 24, 2009

Anybody that knows me knows that the chances of me quoting Rush Limbaugh in a positive manner are about one in a million.  Well, you just won the lottery.   Here are the big blowhards thoughts on the way we treat our military vs. survivors of 9/11.  His comments on entitlement are nearly profound.  I’m sure he went back to being a complete buffoon immediately after this statement: 

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. (Actually, soldiers are put in harms way by politicians and commanding Officers.) 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 e 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 US 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.

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3 Responses to “Pigs must be flying, Limbaugh said something intelligent”

  1. DoYouEverWonder said

    The difference between the victims of 9/11 and a soldier is that the soldier volunteered to be put in harm’s way. The soldiers knows when they sign up that they are risking their lives. If the 9/11 families had gone to court to sue for a settlement, they would have gotten a lot more money then the 1 mil (average payout) that the gov gave them.

    • craigbaltz said

      I don’t understand your point – so…knowledge of risk is a determining factor in compensating a survivors spouse? So if I get hit by a bus and didn’t see it coming my (imaginary) spouse deserves a few million dollars? As a side note – who would the 9/11 families have sued?? Anyway – I think the main point is the lack of decent support for our military veterans and surviving spouses. Whether or not they knew the risk is no reason not to compensate surviving spouses honorably. So we pay them $10 an hour to get shot at in defense of our country and then don’t take care of their families when they are killed. Doesn’t make me proud to be an American.

      • Brian S. Lumberg said

        I think the point of delineating between those with knowledge of risk and those who are hit without knowledge of the risk is the degree of noble cause in their activity. When the military member signs that blank check and willingly risks life and limb, this is a noble cause and worthy of much honor and reward for sacrifice. There is little that justifies reward from your federal government for being the victim of terrorists while pursuing your normal daily activities.

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