• Federal money

    Asked by CAS1 on Saturday, March 22, 2014

    Federal money

    We all feel very badly about the Malaysian flight going down but its going to cost the American tax payer 3 million for the investigation costs. That money could fund clinical trials for cancer that kills our children.. This is why we don't have cures to save the lives of the American tax payer and their families. Money from the Federal Government, which belongs to the American people is just not spent on saving out lives.

    The airline is responsible for the rescue costs not the American people.

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      I agree, I worked in the travel industry for decades and ( nearly all) the airlines have always passed on their mistakes to others to pay for. If Malaysia Airlines had invested more (approx. $100.000.00 ) in the aircraft to start with there would be a better tracking system and it would probably have been found by now. Sadly only a few have invested in this. But no they didn't want to spend the money so now governments world wide will probably spend billions searching for this aircraft and if there were initial survivors they are almost certainly lost now. The technology is there but the airlines won't pay for it. And BTW- all those fees for seats, luggage, etc. are NOT taxable so they are getting billions in income that is not being taxed...that is why all those fees were created in the first place, in order to accumulate nontaxable revenue. I had the United Airlines rep at my desk once bragging about how many millions they made that year from fees that year that couldn't be taxed. UGH! We could certainly use some of those taxes for cancer research!

      over 7 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Thats right and the NCI has reduced grant money that used to go to our top Universities to the brightest minds where the majority of breakthoughs come from by more than 50%..My Onc said if we could get the money spent on just one smart bomb we could have the cure for Lung cancer.

      I become really angry when I think about this.

      over 7 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde

      The bigger picture is that they have to find that plane. If somehow, the plane is on the ground somewhere, being outfitted to carry a bomb into a major metropolitan area, they need to find it. There are issues of international security here. I agree that more money needs to be spent on research and that the US airlines have a free ride but I would rather they find it and figure out what happened than not.

      over 7 years ago
    • Upnorth's Avatar
      Upnorth

      I don't think this is the forum to debate when and how our government spends our money. I would encourage you to write your elected officials.

      over 7 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      I don't agree with you UpNorth..The cure for cancer lies directly in how our us tax dollars are spent.

      over 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      Hi Cas, I certainly agree with you!
      Over 580,000 Americans died in 2013 of cancer in the United States.
      And the pitiful little amount that the federal government spends on cancer research is simply shocking to me when millions of Americans have died of it, and I do expect my country to care about and try to save the lives of it's citizens. Because cancer is beatable, they can and will find cures. But why leave saving American lives only up to private donations and fundraisers? That could take forever when people whose lives could be saved are dying now, many who are only children!

      over 7 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Lily Madeline
      You said it perfectly..I think if everyone asked their Onc. Why we don't have cures they will say:FUNDING.

      over 7 years ago
    • po18guy's Avatar
      po18guy

      I take it you, or someone you love, was not on that plane? As to dollars and sense, the federal deficit is 680 BILLION. Just the deficit. The "economic stimulus" cost 831 BILLION for "shovel ready jobs" Anyone here actually get one of those? Driving a GM vehicle? 10.5 BILLION to bail them out. Chrysler? A mere 12.5 BILLION more. 3 million to investigate you say? Let's see, that's about 1 CENT per US citizen. Let's face it: the costs of searching for that plane are only a waste if you were not a passenger on it.

      over 7 years ago
    • Upnorth's Avatar
      Upnorth

      Yup, money always solves problems *eye roll*. 29.4 billion budgeted for the NCI alone over the last six years, and 3 mil more will find a cure, LOL. When an argument is based on "the children" and "spend more money" you know its a weak one.

      over 7 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Will finding the plane bring anyone back..And why is it the us responsibily..you are free to give your money to a fund for the search.
      The funding to the National Cancer Institute has been slashed by more than 50 percent..Our cure for cancer is in the funding. Clearly there are people who think those of us with cancer don't deserve a cure and that is indeed inappropriate and to roll eyes at children dying of cancer..shame

      over 7 years ago
    • survivor2012's Avatar
      survivor2012

      Completely agree with you CAS1. To me is unbelievable that our government spends so much money in unnecessary crap, but cancer patients get the short end of the stick.

      over 7 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar
      Clyde

      Lets look at this from a different angle. If they don't find that plane and the answers are left unsolved, the money we need for cancer research will go to more defense as a precaution. If they find the plane and it is found to not have been terrorist centered, the money can go where we need it. If, God forbid, the plane is used for a terrorist event and they don't find it in time, any money we could have hoped would go for cancer research will be gone not to mention the disruption to any research that might have already been in progress. Remember the government shutdown which destroyed so much scientific research and that was just political terrorism from elected officials. As much as it hurts to see this money used on the search, it is the most beneficial use in the greater picture. The action that needs to be taken is to put systems in place to prevent the need for future searches and those costs need to be passed on to the airlines.

      I totally agree that we need more government money spent on cancer research, but until we elect officials who also put people first over themselves, we will not get that.

      over 7 years ago

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