Report On The Battle Over The Zadroga Bill
Update! Neutered First Responders Bill
Approved A Slap In The Face: Gutless, Spineless Senate Cuts
Settlement For 9/11 Rescuers NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 122210
This has got to be one of the largest national embarrassments for
any civilized society. Just pathetic.
After much Republican heel dragging, the Zadroga
Bill for 9/11 first responders has finally passed. People can rejoice if they
want, but when you cut the bill by 1/3rd, how does that accomplish all that the
legislation was originally intended for? This Senate vote is shameful, particularly because
of a Republican-led effort to block the bill, holding it hostage as a
political pawn for increased tax cuts for the super-wealthy, and then for
reneging on their promise once they got their tax cuts for the ultra-rich.
Apparently the only way Republican
Senators would vote for the bill is if they cut it nearly in half! Instead
of the $7.4-billion that was approved by the House in the original bill, the
final payout will now be only $4.3-billion, a difference of $3.1-billion that
Republican Senators felt the sick and dying 9/11 first responders just didn't
need. This despite the fact that our own government said the air was perfectly
fit to breathe immediately after 9/11. (EPA head Christie Todd Whitman stated
the air was fit to breathe, when in fact it was the equivalent of micro-fine
So what was wrong with giving these sick and
dying American heroes the extra three billion? The rich will easily make
at least 100-times that amount off the tax cuts that Republicans
shamelessly bartered the bill with. It seems that some humane priorities are
wildly out of whack for the GOP. And this is the self-proclaimed party of
Christian fundamentalists, always talking family values. I guess they must be
talking about the family values of just the super-rich.
Republicans have once
again thumbed their noses at America's heroes, by giving them less than what
was needed, even
though Democrats had already given in to the GOP extortion demands of tax breaks for the ultra-rich.
The Democrats grudgingly allowed the extra money for the super-wealthy,
but then, to return the favor, the
Senate Republicans instead saw fit to cut nearly half the moneyout
from the first responders bill!
Unbelievable. You just can't make up anything as
I think the consensus would agree... that's
called backstabbing in most places.
This just proves once again who the Republicans stand for.
They would much rather give more money to the extravagantly wealthy, people who
truly don't even need it, rather than doing the morally correct thing by helping
real American heroes who desperately need the money to fight for their life. It
also proves how spineless the Democratic party is for not standing up to this
blatantly criminal political extortion.
What is becoming glaringly apparent to many,
including untold moderate conservatives, the new far right Republican party and
their self-professed belief in Christianity and core family values, is
extremely warped. They truly don't care about helping people, unless of
course they're rich people. That appears to be pretty well established
and proven now with their less than humanitarian position of helping Americans
in need, like the Katrina victims, or this 9/11 emergency first responders bill.
But they immediately jumped to bail out the ultra-wealthy, with many from
banking, Wall Street and the corporate rich all getting tens of
For those not keeping score at home, there lies
the real GOP value system. Even in times of extreme national duress and
crisis, they have historically proven over and over again where their real
"Christian family values" truly are, with big money.
Absolutely sickening. I certainly hope that 2012
voters will remember this.
Senate Passes Revised 9/11 Health
CNN International - Ted Barrett, Dana Bash - 122210
In the years since 9/11, respiratory and mental health issues have been a
concern for firefighters and other first responders. Sen. Tom Coburn says the
agreement produced a better bill Washington (CNN) -- The Senate on Wednesday
passed a compromise ...
Senate Passes Scaled-Down 9/11
Health Care Bill
NY1 - 122210
The United States Senate this afternoon has passed a bill that will provide
millions to those who became ill from working and living near the World Trade
Center site after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Following a last-minute
deal brokered by ...
Coburn wins: Less Generous 9/11 First Responders
Salon - Alex Pareene - 122210
Intransigent "deficit hawk" Tom Coburn is finally dropping his threat to
single-handedly obstruct the 9/11 first responders healthcare bill in the
Senate. He's dropping his threat because he won: The bill, which already went
from $7.4 ...
Absolutely un-freaking believable! Do they not even watch
their own channel? It took them no less than three separate broadcasts
before FOX finally told its conservative viewers that it was the Republicans
who were guilty of holding up the bill. The videos farther below (and the story link)
show the undeniable cold hard truth, that folks from FOX will absolutely
say anything, even when it is indisputably not the truth.
Senate Republicans Turn Backs On 9/11
First Responders Let's Make Sure The Rich Get Tax Breaks, But @#%! The Dying 9/11 Rescuers
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 121410
That anyone can turn their back on those who volunteered to save
other's lives on 9/11 is unconscionable.
Update!Jon Stewart Uses Last Show of
2010 For 9/11 First Responders
(See details and video below this story.)
Just when you thought politics couldn't get more
partisan or any uglier, the US Senate, led by the Republican party, voted
against the 9/11 First Responders Bill, the Zadroga 9/11 First Responders Act,
legislation that would provide those heroic first responders with desperately
needed medical benefits and services. Too many are sick and dying, and now they
need our help America. In case you don't understand the immoral cruelty being
played out on Capitol Hill, let me sum it up for you.
This is about political blackmail, not to mention
an extreme moral perversity. You see, the Republicans refuse to vote "yes" on
the bill until the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans are extended.
How's that for political bargaining? You deny impoverished, sick and dying 9/11
heroes medical help, just so the filthy rich can get a tax break and make more money. And
this is the party that willfully and shamelessly echoes 9/11, any chance it can get, for their own
political gain, all the while they claim to be a fundamentalist "Christian-based"
party, chock full of "family values."
If you're a Republican, you very well should feel
shame and embarrassment over this. What should be clear to all Americans, is
that one political party is willing to hold the bill hostage, blackmailing
Congress, in order to get a rich payout for the wealthiest Americans, who
need no help whatsoever. Their lives are already great!
To barter someone's health for another person's wealth is about as low as it
goes, but that does not seem to bother the moral conscience of the GOP because
apparently they haven't any to begin with.
Why is it the "party of no"always turns its back on "we the people" whenever it comes down to
the interests of the filthy rich and big money?
Hopefully by now, most Americans are starting to
see just who the Republican party actually serves, big money! Call your
Congressional representatives and let them know what an outrage this is for a
purported civilized society. The GOP is willing to forsake
compassion and human moral decency, in return for more money for people that are
already comfortably well off, if not obscenely wealthy.
Some people have no shame. Soulless might be a
Makes A Stand For 9/11 First Responders Daily Show Dedicates Last Program
of 2010 To Skewer GOP Over Health Bill NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 121610
One thing on almost every politicians personal to-do list,
"Do not incur the wrath of Jon Stewart." If you do, it will get ugly faster
than you can say, "Please pull my 'Depends' underpants down and spank my
fat conservative ass hard
on national TV to thoroughly discredit and embarrass me in front of my political constituents
and the entire world."
Consider it done.
Republicans do indeed know better, yet somehow the entire
party had a group brain freeze when it came to the 9/11 health bill.
It's like the old Foghorn Leghorn cartoon, "If I dood it, I
get a whippin'..."
Well, let's just say that moment came for the entire
Republican party on Thursday night during the season's final episode for 2010.
Stewart once again railed against the GOP "policy of no," excoriating and
completely eviscerating the entire party for their heartless stance over the Zadroga Bill. Republican Senators had initially refused to vote for the bill,
until they got the Bush tax cuts extended for the ultra-rich, but now that they
have their money, they've suddenly lost any possible moral spine they had left, by
continuing to stall on the bill.
Unsurprisingly typical for Republicans. Rush must be pissing
his pants with glee.
After the program's first segment national admonishment / butt
whooping, Stewart then continued into a second segment of the show, by bringing
out some of New York's 9/11 first responders to discuss the Republican
filibuster of the bill.
If you're a lover of the "Grand Old Party," let's just say
that, as predicted above, it got ugly real fast for long snouted pachyderms.
Watch the show segments from "Worst Responders" in their
Jon Stewart "Keeps It Real" With GOP
Over Zadroga Bill
Stewart Lashes Out At GOP - Pt 1
9/11 First Responders React - Pt 2
Comedy Central - The Daily Show / Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c
And yet FOX News cannot see fit to admit who it was that voted
against the bill.
Johnson reported first, and then it was
Smith reporting later. They tried to feign disgust, but did nothing to point
out who was actually responsible for holding up this desperately needed
Absolutely deceitful for an "alleged" news
organization, but this only proves that FOX is nothing more than a propaganda
and disinformation machine for the conservative far right and Rupert Murdoch. A
real news organization would give us the truth.
FOX Just Won't Admit That Republicans
Are Stalling The Bill
Republicans to 9/11 Responders: Drop Dead Huffington
Post (blog) - Dec 10, 2010
In July Republicans tried to block House passage of the James Zadroga 9/11
Health and Compensation Act of 2010. They voted the bill down-with 155 of 159