The Value of Life

I commend the government for paying $50,000 in wrongful death damages for each Afghan loss from the recent alleged mass murder by the US Army staff sergeant.  Let's run the numbers:

The average Afghan family income is $300.

The average South Carolina family income is $42,117, or 140 times the average income of an Afghan family.

If a SC state employee kills someone wrongly, our state values that wrongful death at no more than $300,000 under the Tort Claims Act.

If the government valued a South Carolina family as much as it does an Afghan family, the Tort Claims cap would be $42,117,000.

We should ask our state legislature why it so grossly undervalues our citizens' lives?


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