Let's see if I have this straight: repealing the Estate Tax, which will cost $670 billion, is OK, but extending death benefits to survivors of soldiers killed while in the service, at a cost of $9 billion, is too expensive. Geez. If we don't change Congress this election cycle we're doomed.
As many as 61,000 military widows whose husbands died of causes relating to
their military service lose out on thousands of dollars a year in survivor
benefits because of a law that dates from the 1970’s.Widows and retirees have
spent decades trying to persuade Congress to change the law, which hits hardest
at the widows of lower-ranking service members and is referred to by many
critics as the “widow’s tax.’’
The Senate passed such a change last year and again this year as part of the military authorization bill. But House Republican leaders oppose the change because of its steep price tag, nearly $9 billion over 10 years, Senate legislative aides from both parties say.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Support the Troops (Not)!
From the NY Times: