Debra J. Saunders

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.

Debra J. Saunders

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