[FoRK] Fwd: Vast Differences in Compensation.doc

Gregory Alan Bolcer gbolcer at endeavors.com
Sun Mar 14 06:16:36 PST 2004

A volunteer military force as a victim?  Ask not what
your country can do for you.....

	-----Original Message----- 
	From: fork-bounces at xent.com on behalf of Gavin Thomas Nicol 
	Sent: Sat 3/13/2004 6:14 PM 
	To: Fork at Xent. Com 
	Subject: [FoRK] Fwd: Vast Differences in Compensation.doc

	--- Randy <methranjp at yahoo.com> wrote:
	> Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 15:43:18 +0900
	> From: "Randy" <methranjp at yahoo.com>
	> I don't know how many of you have seen this,
	> but this should be kept circulating. If enough
	> people get excited about this, maybe something
	> can be done to change how messed up this really
	> is. Even if you don't care about the election
	> nonsense, this is a valid issue to consider.
	> Let's see if we can do something to plant the seed
	> of conscienceness. Pass this on to any & everybody.
	> Vast Differences in Compensation…
	> I think the vast differences in compensation between
	> victims of the September 11 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
	> 11. 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 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 just voted themselves
	> a
	> raise, and 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 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 an E-7, you may receive a pension of
	> $1,000 per month, and the very people who placed you
	> in harm's way receive 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 forward this
	> to as many people as you can. If you’re interested,
	> there
	> is more.......................
	> This must be a campaign issue in 2004. Keep it
	> going.
	> SOCIAL SECURITY: (This is worth the read. It's short
	> and to the point.)
	> Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during
	> election years. Our Senators and Congressmen do not
	> pay into Social Security. Many years ago they voted
	> in their own benefit plan. In more recent years, no
	> congressperson has felt the need to change it. For
	> all practical purposes their plan works like this:
	> When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay
	> until they die, except it may increase from time to
	> time for cost of living adjustments. For example,
	> former Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their
	> wives may expect to draw $7,800,000 - that's Seven
	> Million, Eight Hundred Thousand), with their wives
	> drawing $275,000.00 during the last years of their
	> lives.
	> This is calculated on an average life span for each.
	> Their cost for this excellent plan is $00.00. These
	> little perks they voted for themselves is free to
	> them. You and I pick up the tab for this plan.
	> The funds for this fine retirement plan come
	> directly
	> from the General
	> Fund--our tax dollars at work! >From our own Social
	> Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid)
	> into
	> -- every payday until we retire (which amount is
	> matched by our employer) --we can expect to get an
	> average $1,000 per month after retirement. Or, in
	> other words, we would have to collect our average of
	> $1,000 monthly benefits for 68 years and one month
	> to
	> equal Senator Bill Bradley's benefits!
	>  Social Security could be very good if only one
	> small
	>  change were made. And that change would be to jerk
	>  the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from under the
	>  Senators and Congressmen. Put them into the Social
	>  Security plan with the rest of us and then watch
	> how
	>  fast they would fix it.
	>  If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of
	>  awareness will be planted and maybe good changes
	> will
	>  evolve. WE, each one of us... can make a
	> difference.
	> Peace >
	> Randy, Rock, Meth
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