posted on Feb, 2 2005 @ 04:37 AM
I think on the surface this is an excellent idea. I do have a few nagging doubts.
Does the payment hinge on any sort of non disclosure agreement or waiver? Is this cutting lawsuits off at the pass? This could have enormous impact
on how the new program is received by angry widow/ers.
What assurances can the White House give that this isn't compounding the already dire financial situation in this country. We can argue this point
somewhere else, but I have seen a mountain of evidence pointing to a bankrupt America in the near future. The total cost to the government, I
project, will be well over a billion dollars. That's assuming we only end up with 4-5k dead. It could be higher by a factor of 10 before this
'crusade against evil' is over. We should be braking (on all fronts) and this program could be just another instance of lead footed driving.
The assistance for disabled vets was cut quite recently, I assume this money wasn't available for them? I agree death is a horrible weight to bear,
but if you really think about it, the families with loved ones perpetually in the hospital NEED the money more. A dead spouse means a lost income, an
injured spouse means a lost income and a host of additional bills. There is a lot of inefficiency and overcrowding in Vet hospitals. They are often
short supplied, and have to go through paperwork intensive rigamarole to fulfill the needs of their patients. In the end, what I'm saying is, fixing
the muffler of a broken down car won't necessarily get you on the road.
We should approach our whole screwed up country and the equally screwed up world around us with a holistic approach, and try to find a workable
solution, rather than constantly relying on death, intimidation, and carnage to make our politcal points. Some people say Islam won't be happy until
they control the world, others say Bush and Co. won't rest until they have it all. I say, no man ever will, as long as the path to fulfillment and
comfort has a cover charge. Fix problems, don't try to fix people. The former is costly and takes lots of thought, the latter is simply impossible,
it's useless, arrogant, and never well received.
We should turn America into a revolutionary new kind of Agro-Industrial Giant. Using advances in Hydroponics, Robotics, Architecture, and Psychology,
we are closer to Utopia than ever..but it has never felt farther away. 4 Years is all it would take, and the complete withdrawal of all military from
all foreign lands. We should be like a turtle in its shell until our many wounds can be licked.
My final analysis: The monetary equivalent to 100,000 bags of tater tots can't make up for a life lost. Make it a million bucks. Make it a billion
dollars, tax free, every month for life - the widow/ers still have to spend that money in the hall of mirrors we call consumerist America. The money
ends up right back in the pockets of the people whos interests were being protected in the Middle East. Every time you fill up your car with
gasoline, think about that fat white guy making back all the money he paid you (to make him money) 9-5. Think about it when you buy scratch off
tickets, lottery, stocks, etc.. It's a no win situation people.
You've been told your whole life you could 'win' the game. You aren't even in the game, you are a cog in its juggernaut wheels. Oh..and don't
panic or anything, but there are substance abusers, a guy with heart problems, and a sadist driving. I'll leave it up to you to figure out who's
who in the administration. I'm not a democrat either, before you assume. I favor an old fashioned platform, labeled logic.