Friday, July 30, 2010

It’s Friday, ya bastids!In we-can’t-make-this-stuff-up news, yesterday House Republicans killed a bill to help 9/11 responders who got sick after working in the disaster area. Hey there, Republicans, there’s more to “Never Forget” than just not forgetting. You have to give a crap too. The bill would have provided health care to 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who got sick after being exposed to the dust of the World Trade Center collapse. Many of the first responders developed severe respiratory problems. Well now there’s this to take their breath away. The GOP turned down money to help stricken heroes. Really, what’s next? Why don’t Congressional Republicans just drown a bunch of puppies up in the Reflecting Pool? GOP critics said the bill would create a “massive new entitlement program.” Entitlement? We’re talking about the heroes of 9/11. They ARE entitled—to at least this. The only thing Republicans want to spend money on is tax cuts for the rich. I guess that would help any stricken first responders who happen to be billionaires. Oh, and how was the bill to be paid for? By closing a tax loophole for foreign multinational corporations that incorporate in tax haven countries to avoid U.S. taxes. That’s right, Republicans care more for Swiss bankers than they do for American paramedics. Wow. Give them credit for sticking to their principles… though that really stretches the meaning of the word “principles.” Nice going, Republicans—you’ve just added insult to one of the worst injuries this nation has ever received.
Lindsey Graham wants to overturn the part of the 14th Amendment that guarantees citizenship to people born in the United States. Might I remind Lindsey Graham that the only thing that makes most of us American is being born here? It’s not like we passed a citizenship test… like immigrants have to. Graham is upset that the children of undocumented immigrants are US citizens if they are born here. Evidently Lindsey Graham wants the condition of being undocumented to be hereditary. Just how many generations do people have to live here to be considered Americans, Senator? Because the Cherokees and the Apaches might have something to say about that. I’m just saying, don’t fiddle with the rules, Lindsey. You might end up getting all of us kicked out. These guys really love the Constitution… until it gets in their way. They want to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution they like and ignore the rest. But then why should the Constitution be any different than the Bible?
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) rips Republicans over the 9/11 First Responders Health Bill