[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.....
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
> 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
> entitlement mentality of this country. If you lost a
> family member in the September 11 attack, you're
> to get an average of $1,185,000. The range is a
> minimum guarantee of $250,000, all the way up to
> If you are a surviving family member of an American
> soldier killed in action, the first check you get is
> $6,000 direct death benefit, half of which is
> 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
> 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,
> 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
> in low-rent housing. Make sense?
> However, our own U.S. Congress just voted themselves
> raise, and many of you don't know that they only
> to be in Congress one time to receive a pension that
> is more than $15,000 per month, and most are now
> to being millionaires plus. They also do not receive
> Social Security on retirement because they didn't
> 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
> 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
> doesn't seem fair to you, it is time to forward this
> to as many people as you can. If you’re interested,
> is more.......................
> This must be a campaign issue in 2004. Keep it
> 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
> 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
> from the General
> Fund--our tax dollars at work! >From our own Social
> Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid)
> -- 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
> equal Senator Bill Bradley's benefits!
> Social Security could be very good if only one
> 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
> fast they would fix it.
> If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of
> awareness will be planted and maybe good changes
> evolve. WE, each one of us... can make a
> Peace >
> Randy, Rock, Meth
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