Just when you think that today’s GOP couldn’t possibly sink any lower into the abyss of bat-sh#t crazy and avaricious soullessness, a new candidate for the president of Kookistan emerges from the muck and disquiets all.
When the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Law was passed, it was adulated as America taking care of the gallant warriors who rushed into the burning buildings at Ground Zero and, consequently, got sick after working tirelessly at Ground Zero. But that just doesn’t sit well with Florida Republican Congressman Cliff Stearns. Clearly, something that aims to help public workers poises a pernicious threat to all humankind. Meet Cliff Sterns.
Obscure Florida Republican Congressman Cliff Stearns tacked on a provision to the 9/11 compensation law that mandates all the tens of thousands of heroic firefighters (the ones Republicans love to use in over-produced campaign ads during elections when they could win or lose the House) be compared to the database of suspected terrorists. Worse yet, any of the responders who are not compared to the database of suspected terrorists would be barred from getting treatment for the numerous, worsening ailments that the James Zadroga 9/11 Health And Compensation Law was passed to address.
This is absurd,” said Glen Kline, a former NYPD emergency services officer. “It’s silly. It’s stupid. It’s asinine.”
Sorry, Mr Kline. Wearing Bermuda shorts and a Hawaiian shirt to a Shiva is asinine, this is just morally reprehensible.
Adding to the chorus of outrage, “It’s comical at best, and I think it’s an insult to everyone who worked on The Pile and is sick and suffering from 9/11,” said John Feal, a former construction worker who lost half a foot at Ground Zero and runs the advocacy group Fealgood Foundation.
Maddeningly enough, Rep. Stearns barely encountered a peep of opposition to his provision during hearings last year. In fact, when it was first proposed last May 25, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., then-chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, observed that he would support Stearns’ language because “it makes a lot of sense.” Of course it makes sense. You know what else makes sense? Holding up a golf club in an open field during a massive lightning storm, or giving astronomical oil subsidies to companies that do business with unfriendly Arabic nations who then use windfall oil profits to fund terrorist organizations. Better still, blindly arming unknown Libyan insurrectionists without a scintilla of knowledge of possible ties to terror. Here’s a major mind-fu**: had we actually looked into the unintended consequences and blowback of funding foreign fighters such as Osama Bin Laden during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, we wouldn’t have a 9/11, this discussion would exist, and Republicans would be doing what the historically do best in hating the poor, women, minorities, and middle class.
Poor pusillanimous Democrats. It’s really no wonder Republicans vehemently oppose stem cell research; there’s a distinct chance it could give the democrats ‘backbone’.
Egregious and nauseatingly offensive though this provision may be, Cliff Stearn’s Republican colleagues vigorously opposed the Democratically sponsored James Zadgroda 9/11 Health and Compensation Law before they could find new and inventive ways to hate it. For example, Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) originally fought harder against the bill than his marriage license because Republicans had threatened to vote against everything until tax cuts for the rich were extended and a measure to fund the government was passed. Again, the Republicans only love the firefighters when it comes to scoring political points during important election cycles. You know, when they toss around “9/11″ more than a drunken midget at a frat party and paint the Democrats as “soft on terror” who want therapy for the terrorists. But when it actually comes to protecting the citizens that ran into scorching buildings to protect their country…no, that’s just asking way too much.