OK, the Republicans in the Senate have just blocked a bill (click) to help the people who were injured on 9-11 by breathing the contaminated air from the disaster which, let us not forget, the Bush-era EPA knew was contaminated but told those same workers was safe.
The GOP claims that the bill is unfunded and that, at nearly $8 billion, it is too expensive.
OK, fine. Be fiscally responsible. I completely support you.
But only if you will also be fiscally responsible on the completely unfunded wars ($100 billion a year and counting) or the completely unfunded tax cuts ($700 billion or so, and counting) and so many other things? I mean, why pick this one thing to be fiscally responsible about?
Nobody in Congress is willing to ask the American Public to actually raise taxes to pay for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq because they know the American Public would be outraged and would refuse. It’s one thing to demand blood and sacrifice and heroism and suffering and combat and all that, but it is quite another to expect the folks back home to actually pay for those things.
Nonono, we musn’t do that. The public might decide it doesn’t want to pay for the war, and that it might be better to stop the war, and then where would we be?
And yet these same people, who are willing to demand our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan be supported at any (untaxed, unfunded) cost, somehow think the troops of 9-11 are different?
It makes no sense, unless you see it as yet another instance where the GOP simply doesn’t want ANYTHING good to happen during the Obama administration, so they can then blame that same lack of anything good happening on Obama come 2012. Why do they oppose unemployment insurance extensions? So they can campaign on Obama’s failure to reduce the numbers of unemployed.
Want to know what’s sick? This is a tactic that will work, bet on it. I hate to say “Yes, the American Public is just that dumb,” but in large measure they are. Especially the tea sippers.
Sorry, 9-11 workers, your health has to be sacrificed for the greater good of making Obama look bad. Better luck next time.
Oh yeah, and support the troops!