by John Hawkins | May 8, 2007 12:24 pm
Remember the “Bridge to Nowhere?” Well, the new Democratic Congress can top it with their new proposal, which undoubtedly would be one of the biggest wastes of money in the history of American government (And yes, that is saying something.)
Via Gateway Pundit, here it is…
“Dems Offer Reparations to Guam For Japanese War Crimes
That’s correct… Democrats are bringing legislation to the floor this week to pay Guam citizens for the crimes committed against them by members of the Imperial Japanese military forces during World War II!”
…This could be the first time in recorded history that a government has seriously considered paying reparations for another country’s war crimes…”
And how much do they want to pay out? It’s not chicken feed, my friend…
“EC. 2. RECOGNITION OF THE SUFFERING AND LOYALTY OF THE RESIDENTS OF GUAM.
(a) Recognition of the Suffering of the Residents of Guam- The United States recognizes that, as described by the Guam War Claims Review Commission, the residents of Guam, on account of their United States nationality, suffered unspeakable harm as a result of the occupation of Guam by Imperial Japanese military forces during World War II, by being subjected to death, rape, severe personal injury, personal injury, forced labor, forced march, or internment.
(b) Recognition of the Loyalty of the Residents of Guam- The United States forever will be grateful to the residents of Guam for their steadfast loyalty to the United States of America, as demonstrated by the countless acts of courage they performed despite the threat of death or great bodily harm they faced at the hands of the Imperial Japanese military forces that occupied Guam during World War II.”
SEC. 3. PAYMENTS FOR GUAM WORLD WAR II CLAIMS.
(a) Payments for Death, Personal Injury, Forced Labor, Forced March, and Internment- Subject to section 5, after receipt of certification pursuant to section 4(b)(8) and in accordance with the provisions of this Act, the Secretary of the Treasury shall make payments as follows:
(1) RESIDENTS INJURED- The Secretary shall pay compensable Guam victims who are not deceased before any payments are made to individuals described in paragraphs (2) and (3) as follows:
(A) If the victim has suffered an injury described in subsection (c)(2)(A), $15,000.
(B) If the victim is not described in subparagraph (A) but has suffered an injury described in subsection (c)(2)(B), $12,000.
(C) If the victim is not described in subparagraph (A) or (B) but has suffered an injury described in subsection (c)(2)(C), $10,000.
(2) SURVIVORS OF RESIDENTS WHO DIED IN WAR- In the case of a compensable Guam decedent, the Secretary shall pay $25,000 for distribution to eligible survivors of the decedent as specified in subsection (b). The Secretary shall make payments under this paragraph after payments are made under paragraph (1) and before payments are made under paragraph (3).
(3) SURVIVORS OF DECEASED INJURED RESIDENTS- In the case of a compensable Guam victim who is deceased, the Secretary shall pay $7,000 for distribution to eligible survivors of the victim as specified in subsection (b). The Secretary shall make payments under this paragraph after payments are made under paragraphs (1) and (2).
That’s right, folks. Our soldiers bled and died to free Guam from the Japanese and now we’re supposed to go back, more than 60 years after the fact, and hand out money to the people we saved and their descendents.
We’ve saved half the planet at one time or another and if we’re going to be cutting checks to people in those countries for….uh, who the hell knows? I have no idea why we would owe Guam a dime for Japanese war crimes and if we did, the fact that we spent blood and treasure saving them from the Japanese would seem to repay any debt we had.
Anyway, as I was saying before, given how many nations that the United States has saved from tyranny at one time or another, we’d be broke in about a week if we try to cut checks to all of them — and let’s face it — why should we owe them anything?
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