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Original post made by Stay Classy Republicans, Del Prado, on Jul 29, 2010

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by Steve Benen

GOP OPPOSES MEDICAL FUNDING FOR 9/11 VICTIMS.... I was under the impression that the emergency teams who responded to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 are considered American heroes. The nation's support for these men and women is unequivocal and unending.

At least, that was my impression. I guess I underestimated congressional Republicans again.

House Republican leadership is advising its members to vote against a bipartisan bill that would, among other things, bolster medical support to Sept. 11 victims.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2009, sponsored by New York City Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D), provides medical monitoring to those exposed to toxins at Ground Zero, bolsters treatment at specialized centers for those afflicted by toxins on 9/11 and reopens a compensation fund to provide economic loss to New Yorkers.

And it's all paid for by closing a tax loophole on foreign companies with U.S. subsidiaries, Democrats say.

A policy statement from the House GOP leadership believes a victims' compensation fund is too large, and would remain open too long, which in turn creates a "massive new entitlement program" -- and Republicans hate entitlement programs.

As for financing, because the right pretends to care about the deficit, Dems made sure that every penny of the proposal is paid for. This, too, outraged House Republicans, because tax increases, even on foreign companies, even to benefit 9/11 victims, are always evil.

We're left with Republicans, in an election year, taking a bold stand against funding for medical care for 9/11 heroes.


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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Jul 29, 2010 at 10:04 am

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Classless Dem-This has not been voted on, so I'm not sure where you're getting your iformation, but at least a few R's support this bill financially--see this website: Web Link

It would surely get more support were it not a huge bureaucratic boondoggle setting up no less than a dozen new agencies. How much of the money for this bill will actuall make it's way to the folks that need it?

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Posted by Stay Classy Republicans
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 29, 2010 at 10:23 am

Steve P,

“a huge bureaucratic boondoggle”

I have to hand it to you conservatives. You are always quite creative in trying to rationalize your hypocrisy and heartlessness. It is pretty obvious that republicans are more interested in putting up roadblocks to win elections instead of helping 9/11 victims. The “Party of No” offers no solutions, just fear, anger, and endless hypocrisy.

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Posted by Objective caution
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2010 at 10:49 am

How about some OBJECTIVE reasoning. ....."" being paid for by closing a tax loophole on foreign companies with U.S. subsidiaries"". IF there's a reasonable and justified reason to close a loophole on foreign companies, without harming our balance of trade...then WhY isn't it done today, just to help our desperate financial situation ?? Shouldn't volumes of loopholes be closed daily by Congress, who is responsible for managing our finances,.... just for us ?
Maybe the new fund IS too generous and too long. Only fools sign anything without limits and without end.....and sadly I have known a few chp, fire, and others who DO abuse current costly 'medical leave' payments, etc. I'd sure want to read the fine print carefully, twice, and not EMOTIONALLY sign anything blindly... and certainly not open ended. It should not be an open money pit to pour ALL ailments that ALL HUMANS develop over the course of a NATURAL LIFETIME....that would be very IRRESPONSIBLE.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 29, 2010 at 3:27 pm

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Objective caution,

You've hit on the heart of the matter. If there's a loophole, why isn't it just closed today? Why is the issue tied to 9/11 victim compensation? So that one party can point to another and say, "Look, you don't support the 9/11 victims!"? It's all a political play. Has nothing to do with what is most beneficial to the public good, but what is most beneficial to the political party.

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Posted by hmmmmmmmm
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I was under the impression that the Democrats controlled the Presidency, Senate, and the House of Representatives and they did not need the Republicans for anything which was proven by using reconsillation to pass the healthcare bill right? The article above is just nothing more than trying to blame someone else for the inability of the Democrats to get anything done..........must be Bush's fault :O)

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Posted by maja7
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 29, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Isn't this the kind of thing where there's a bunch of added on items and that's why the Republicans are 'against' it. The whole article is slanted to make the Republicans look bad. I'm with "hmmmmmmmm" I thought the Democrats had so much political power/control? Why when it's not going their way, they blame the Republicans and/or Bush. Neverbefore, have I seen an administration hang onto blaming the prior administration for its woes. If you don't want the job, don't run!!! And for crying out loud, stop whining and blaming the other guy. It's so old.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 29, 2010 at 10:39 pm

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I understand why they add in seemingly disparate items (it is part of the negotiation process and happens all the time), but it isn't exactly in the interest of the public good. It allows a "straw man" argument. Web Link

The problem is that such arguments are effective with the populace. So no, one cannot say that the GOP opposes medical funding for 9/11 victims. It can only be said that the GOP opposes the specifics of the bill. It is hoped that a better one can be brought forward.

I'm reminded locally of the PUSD parcel tax campaign, that if you were opposed to it you were characterized as being "anti-children". Hey, propaganda works so it gets used.

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Posted by jimf01
a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2010 at 10:00 am

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See the Republicans can set up a similar argument to try and hurt the Dems.
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It is really silly season politics, pass a new large entitlement program and claim the GOP wants to kill 9/11 first responders, or propose an amendment to a bill and claim that opposition means the Dems wish for 15% unemployment.

The reality is that neither the GOP nor Dems want to discuss the real issues and fix serious issues like social security reform, immigration reform, and controlling the deficits.
The leftists on this forum who post under snappy names like "Stay Classy Republicans" want to make baseless attacks but don't have any answer for me here
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Posted by VOTE EM OUT
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 30, 2010 at 10:49 am

And here is one of the biggest grandstanding idiots in the Congress, speaking on this same subject

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 30, 2010 at 2:24 pm

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HAHA! "The Gentleman is correct in sitting!"

I'd really like to see what was spoken before this guy got up and "spoke".

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on Apr 26, 2017 at 10:26 am

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