The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

What price for a soldier's life?

Feb 7, 2005

Last week, the Bush administration proposed big increases in the military death benefit payment, from $12,420 to $100,000.

"If someone is out there in harm's way, we ought to take care of their families," said Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a sponsor of the bill in the Senate.

Take care of their families? As if that was their concern! A young person killed in the war has lost some 60 years more that they could have expected to live. That money won't even begin to keep their families out of poverty for a few years.

Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld all viewed their own lives as much too valuable to risk going to war when they were young. Now they're joined by the millionaires in Congress in telling today's young generation to sell their lives for $100,000.

Then they send them off to die as cannon fodder.