…Since when does the Republican Party make 9/11 first responders stand over in the corner with the gays and Mexicans? By the way, the 9/11 responders bill is called the Zadroga Bill. It’s named for an NYPD officer who died as a result of breathing toxic dust at Ground Zero, and it would set up a $7.4 billion fund to treat illnesses arising from working at Ground Zero—compensate the sufferers for economic losses. AKA The Least We Can Do / No-Brainer Act Of 2010.
Since Republicans took to the floor to discuss the Dream Act, and took to the floor to discuss Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, I can’t wait to see them take to the floor to talk about why their party hates first responders! …It appears no Republican senators even showed up to discuss their principled stand after [Democrats Chuck] Schumer and [Robert] Menendez.
Of course, Republicans wouldn’t be so cowardly as to not vote for the bill without justifying their actions. Just cowardly enough not to do it on camera. Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi explained in a Sunday op-ed that his real concern was proper oversight of money already spent on 9/11 workers—475 million dollars of which he claims has gone missing, saying “the nation can’t afford careless spending, no matter how well-intentioned.” Mismanagement, waste—unacceptable!
Now,by the way, the bill they were gonna vote on actually fixes that problem, but just like in May 2008, when the Pentagon announced it couldn’t account for 15 billion dollars that had disappeared somewhere in Iraq… what did Mike Enzi’s tireless fiscal watchdog say one month later, when he was asked to vote for more Iraq funding? I believe he said “This isn’t a perfect bill… The fact remains, however, that we need to fund our troops… so I will support the supplemental bill.” Unless any of those troops are 9/11 responders, in that case fuck those guys. And by the way, Mike, bad news—you know all of our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are technically 9/11 first responders!
…So guess what, Republicans: your “We’re the only party that understands 9/11 and its repercussions” monopoly ends now. So, no more co-opting 9/11 imagery to get yourselves elected; no more using 9/11 as the date when, magically, all your policies became right; no more using 9./11 to micromanage lower Manhattan zoning decisions; no using 9/11 as an excuse for why your Bush tax cuts never stimulated the economy in the first place; or 9/11 as an excuse for what you were going to be doing anyway. No more using 9/11 as a price point. You know what, Republicans? You use [9/11] so much, if you don’t owe the 9/11 responders healthcare, at least you owe them royalties!
Here’s a little tribute… to some of those illustrious Republican senators who – when it has served them in the past – have found comfort and advantage in invoking the heroes of 9/11, and yet when it came time to return the favor delivered their message loud and clear: NO.
So here’s to the 9/11 Non-Responders…
— JON STEWART, letting the GOP have it over their hypocrisy in voting down legislation that would have granted 9/11 first responders comprehensive healthcare benefits, on The Daily Show. (via inothernews)