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Old January 14, 2002, 07:48 AM   #1
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WTC hush money

The WTC victims families compensation formula calls for about $4.5 billion to be paid. The average payout will be $1.6 million and theoretically as much as $3 million, depending on the deceased's age, income, lifetime earnings expectation and size of family.

The payout is dependant on the families agreeing not to sue the airlines.

This multi-billion dollar plan constitutes hush money.

1. Do you believe Americans would have contributed $1.5 billion to WTC charities if they'd known their government would allocate $4.5 billion to $6 billion more for families?

2. Can we assume any further terrorist-caused fatalities will each result in a $1.6 million financial settlement? Does this include domestic terrorist acts as well, e.g., the Unibomber?

3. Why aren't the Pentagon families receiving similar benefits? Or the anthrax victims? How about the Rangers and Deltas lost in Somalia to terrorist action or sailors on the Cole?

Where is the line to be drawn on what now has been established as another entitlement?

Footnote: many victims' families are being quoted as saying they expect to have their financial well being and children's education taken care of by WTC compensation. In other words, it is now the government's obligation to take care of them. What will this mean to the next firefighter or LEO who loses his or her life in the line of duty-- that their lives were worth less than those lost on 9.11?

The WTC entitlement plan is an example of the idiocy of politics. We the taxpayers owe the families our compassion and charitible assistance, but we don't owe them appropriated tax monies. People buy life insurance to assure that their families will be cared for when they die. Who needs it if we have the government to fill the void.
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Old January 14, 2002, 01:05 PM   #2
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Our tax dollars hard at work.:barf:
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Old January 14, 2002, 01:20 PM   #3
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This is absolutely sickening.
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Old January 14, 2002, 02:15 PM   #4
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I heard this the other day and was sickened by it. The families of the victims on the USS COLE recieved something like $10,000. For the other to recieve 1.6 million paid by the goverment is ridiculous.
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Old January 14, 2002, 11:47 PM   #5
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It is another dangerous do-gooder precedent and like most others it is biased toward specific groups rather than citizenry in general. Maybe our benevolent government can acquire bin Laden's billions and pay these bequests on behalf of the person who caused these deaths. It makes sense to me.


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Old January 15, 2002, 12:44 AM   #6
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An additional sickening fact is that many of the victims have been called "heros" simply because they died.
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Old January 15, 2002, 11:03 AM   #7
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Let's remember that the victims of the 9/11 atrocity can accept all the private money they want, thumb their noses at the .gov and sue the hell out of anyone they want to...

The government is basically offering them an "out of court" settlement. They can take it or leave it.
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Old January 15, 2002, 11:16 AM   #8
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My understanding is that U.S. military personnel who fall in battle in this "war on terrorism" will receive, at most, about $200K. Why should the U.S. Government be more generous to the families at the WTC than it is to its own fighting men and women? I don't see the logic or fairness of that. As was said above, you carry life insurance for just such eventualities.
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