A new low for the GOP.
Senate Democrats failed Thursday to win a procedural vote to open debate on a bill that would provide medical benefits and compensation for emergency workers who were first on the scene of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Republicans complained that the $7.4 billion price tag was too high, while Democrats said the government had an obligation to help the first responders to the deadliest terrorism attack in U.S. history.
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill -- named after a deceased New York Police Department detective who had worked in the toxic plume at ground zero -- seeks to provide free medical coverage for responders and survivors who were exposed to toxins after the attacks.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reacted to Thursday's result by calling it "a tragic example of partisan politics trumping patriotism."
I had begun to think that the GOP could not surprise me anymore. I stand corrected.
Trillions of dollars is fine for two wars and killing tens of thousands. But a few billion for healthcare for first responders to 9/11 is too much? I thought these fuckers were pro-life.
Do you think they will see any backlash from conservatives, or are they all too brainwashed?
Most sources on economics (not the big wigs) that I have heard from seem to agree that bailouts and stimulus packages were necessary to avoid a deeper slump in the economy. Personally, I have always avoided high finance until recently, viewing it much as I view insurance; a needlessly complicated endeavor designed to confuse and fleece. And, in the case of certain financial products that helped the econimic crash, this was true.