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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Republicans to 9/11 First Responders: “Go Fuck Yourselves!”

If you risked your life saving people during the tragedy and chaos of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the GOP has a message for you: “You’ve outlived your usefulness. You’re a burden. We don’t need you any more. Die!”

The September 11 Health and Compensation Act — which would guarantee health care to ailing 9/11 first responders — has met the wrath of the Party of Duuhh.

Representatives Mike Rogers (R—Marie Antoinette), John Shimkus (R—Dildo), Ed Whitfield (R—Inbred) and Phil Gingrey (R—Redneck) all pretty much told 9/11 first responders to get up off their dead asses and quit whining about imaginary ailments.

Among other things, these assholes want first responders — in order to qualify for their health coverage — to be required to appear before Congress every year and grovel for their benefits. Sing for your supper, kind of.

William Romaka, Sergeant-At-Arms of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, said this would punish the people who are ill or disabled because of their heroic acts on September 11th. “Coming back and forth every year is not easy for people who are ill.”

Jim Slevin, the organization’s Vice President, said: “They always say they support us, but it's all about cost.”

Republicans are also determined that no abortions will be covered under this bill. [sigh] Of course.

And speaking of emergencies and first responders, let’s congratulate British Petroleum on their incredibly rapid response to a situation. No no, not their response to the oil spill. [smirk] [pshaw]

But when the call goes out — “Fire in the Public Relations Department!” — BP’s lobbyists and PR hacks are on it like stink on shit. British Petroleum’s PR first responders have already placed full-page ads in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

“Mistakes Were Made.” “We Care.”

Go fuck yourselves.

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Blogger Tim said...

As always great reporting. Your in another league.
Seems we forget first responders as we do our Veterans. Your right, we say yeah thanks now go away so we can see what's happening on American Idol or whatever. The repukes are a danger.
GOP lawmakers have to be held accountable. My conclusion is people suck. (most) BP...I could write volumes about uncontrollable capitalism or as I to call it optimal greed.

May 25, 2010 at 8:19 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Conservative Republicans would rather see 99 desperately poor people go hungry than take a chance on one undeserving person getting a free meal. Their attitude about first responders is just another manifestation of that attitude.

I keep expecting to come across a book somewhere, The Republican Parenting Handbook -- Never too young or too old to be selfish!

May 25, 2010 at 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


After all of the Photo OPs, after all of the impassioned speeches about them, declaring them heroes and saying "Never Again' then using their sacrifice to bring in useless pork laded bills disguised as "homeland security" to their home districts. Now they want to throw them to the curb.

Why not


May 25, 2010 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

This is why I'm glad they're tossing up that mosque. Anything to contribute to spontaneous wingnut combustion.

May 26, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
Anonymous kate said...

I agree, those heroes should have health coverage. Isn't that what the "new" health care bill is supposed to do, guarantee care to all?

As for veterans, I work for my states dept. of military affairs, and, at least in my state, veterans get exceptional care.

When people go into certain occupations they need to fully understand the risks and dangers involved in their chosen occupations. 9/11 was obviously something that could not be foreseen, with many long term unforeseen consequences. Our country needs to step up and do what is right.

But as a country we cannot continue to spend as if money is endless. Perhaps we have our priorities mixed up a bit. There are other places where spending can and should be cut, but I don't seem to hear of any those places from our elected officials, just increased spending, and more tax funded programs. I would love to see both sides agree on where we can cut some spending.

May 26, 2010 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Tim: Thanks. It's bad enough that veterans are routinely told "thanks now go away." (I'm a veteran but I've never needed a VA hospital for anything.) But I thought the 9/11 first responders would be above reproach or sacrifice. Republicans just keep setting the bar lower and lower.

SW: "...would rather see 99 desperately poor people go hungry than take a chance on one undeserving person getting a free meal." Well put; that's the GOP in a nutshell.

Erik: Yup, time to throw them away. They've served their purpose of being used as a prop to bring in all that "homeland security" pork funding; now we don't need them any more.

Randal: A mosque??? Dang, I knew you was one of them there turrist sympathizers.

Kate: I have no idea what the federal health care bill will provide, or when certain provisions will take effect. (I doubt if anyone knows.) But people who put their lives on the line on 9/11 should not be subjected to the uncertainty of whether their HMOs will cover their medical needs.

Both sides agreeing on where to cut spending? Maybe someday...

May 26, 2010 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Why weren't those Bushies there to tell the responders to keep their socialist hands off that rescue work?

Oh, I remember, they were busy telling us the air was just fine down there.

May 26, 2010 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Dave: Damn right, the private sector should have done all the rescuing and responding, not a bunch of faceless bureaucrats.

May 26, 2010 at 7:27 PM  

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