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If You Really Believe in Them then Help Them
By Tony R. Wafford
You're not going to believe this one. All of those self-proclaimed great Americans who raised all that hell, saying the nerve of those Muslims wanting to build a place of worship just blocks from the World Trade Center, the site of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, had to be convinced to sign a measure that would provide medical care to those first responders during that tragic event known as, 9/11.
This is what gets me. At that same site where 2,752 people lost their lives in a terrorist attack, and since the attacks, it's been estimated that some 836 firefighters, police personnel and God only knows how many private citizens who responded to help have died, suffering from lung damage as a result from breathing toxic dust at the site following the attack, can you believe there are members of the Republican Party that have an issue with providing medical support to those survivors and rescue workers because of the cost? If they care so little about people dying in front of them and people who put their lives on the line during 9/11, why in the hell would they concern themselves about a Muslim Temple being built down the street?
Can you believe this? Folks came from all over the country after 9/11 to help and these same people are now sick and in need of medical attention and the Republicans are asking if they should support a measure that would provide medical care for the rescue workers and survivors.
These are the same people that couldn't get enough of celebrating the rescue workers as American heroes; I guess as long as it didn't cost America. Now they're sick and in need of help and America can't afford to help them. Here we are just a couple of day away from celebrating one of the greatest days in Christian religion (I wrote this before Christmas) and the Republican Party, the "real" so-called Christians, don't know what Jesus would do. As sick as most GOP members are, even some of them are even asking what's going on.
You know it's bad when Giuliani and Huckabee break ranks from the party and say, "Come on guys let's do a little something for the sick rescue worker. I know we don't do a lot for the poor or the sick, but let's do a little something for the 9/11 survivors". These guys are hoping that they have the support to overcome a republican filibuster.
Now here is the sickest part to this hold thing. These heartless %$#@&* are opposed to helping the sick because they see it as a new entitlement program at a time of soaring deficits. Since when did help for sick people, people who put their lives on the line for America become an entitlement program? You've done all you can do for me, sorry but it's time for us to be fiscally responsible.
Republican Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), said "the Senate should focus its remaining days on the annual year-end spending." And that other sick senior citizen from Arizona, Senator John McCain said, "The Senate should concentrate on an arms treaty with Russia." Damn the chaplain from Ohio who comforted those hurt and tended to the dying who is now dying himself and in hospice care from breathing the dust at ground zero! This is a shame. These people, American people, need some help to cover the high costs of their medical care after putting their lives on the line and the best our government can do is talk about annual year-end spending issues and concentrate more on an arms treaty with some damn Russians?
I am so glad that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked that they pass the measure, saying that helping the first responders is a national duty. Did you know that there are at least another 990 people who have died from illnesses resulting from working at Ground Zero? And it's believed that, that number is low because so many people died before even realizing their illness was related to having worked at Ground Zero.
This bill isn't a free hand out to some people just sitting on their butts wanting something for nothing. This bill would provide medical monitoring and treatment to those who responded to the World Trade Center attacks, as well as those residents, workers and children living in the surrounding area. So I ask that all those in government support this bill and no one remain neutral or silent on it. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "The hottest place in hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict". So I ask, what are you going to do?