Monday, March 13, 2006

Walk a mile in their shoes

Bush wants to do away with the $255 death benefit because it has not been changed since 1952, and now only goes a small way toward funeral expenses.  For the working poor, $255 is a lot of money.  Also, he wants to eliminate monthly survivor death benefits for 16- and 17-year-old high school dropouts.  Of course, these kids are more likely to be poor. I am sure that the grief and loss of income from losing a parent causes some youths to drop out; they may need to get a job to help the family survive.  Making them even poorer is not going to help them.   Bush seems to be doing his best to show that inherited wealth damages a person's understanding of reality.

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