What can feel right about awarding different amounts of money to compensate for people who were murdered? Civil courts can only do so much -- such as indemnify economic losses -- and that benefits high-income earners. Congress adopted compensation formulas similar to those used in airline settlements. Yet now families of richies say it's not enough.
And if Colaio thinks $5 million doesn't "feel right," how about: A bond trader's spouse gets more than the widow of the firefighter who died trying to save the trader.
Or: An executive's parent stands to reap more from the government than the mother of three whose U.S. Marine husband died in Iraq.
Or: There are Americans willing to burn federal dollars in a quest to squeeze a few extra million from Uncle Sam, while the families of military reservists, who are risking their lives in the Persian Gulf, struggle to get by on military pay.
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