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Do you think the bill providing benefits for 9/11 responders is an entitlement program or should we take care of those people?

Our friends at News Hounds caught this one from the other day. Apparently one of our favorite wingnuts thinks that helping the 9-11 responders with their health care equals another evil entitlement program, and we all know how much Republicans hate welfare or Medicaid or Social Security as long as it's a program that's helping working people and not welfare for corporations.

Michele Bachmann Calls 9/11 Responders Bill “A New Entitlement Program”:

On Wednesday (12/22/10), Michele Bachmann (R-MN) spoke with Brian Sullivan before President Obama's news conference. At about the 2:40 mark in the segment, Sullivan asked about the passage of the 9/11 responders bill. "Do you think the GOP, though, took a little bit of a PR hit in opposing some of the spending on this bill?"

Bachmann said the GOP doesn’t oppose compensating first responders, per se. "It’s the fact of a lack of transparency and this bill, unfortunately, is a new entitlement program for all practical purposes."

Comment: Entitlement? To 9/11 first responders, it’s a matter of life and death. Shame on her. And shame on Sullivan for letting her get away with saying such a thing.

As their guest blogger suggests, yes, shame on both of them, but any response acknowledging that would require either of them of having the capacity to feel shame in the first place. It's pretty obvious neither of them does. Taking care of those that sacrificed their health when responding to 9-11 should be a no brainer politically, but this wingnut thinks it's a good opportunity to call it another "entitlement" and pretend that Republicans ever had any intention of doing right by those workers. Bravo Michele for doing your best to continue to show to the voters that you don't give one iota for the working class in this country.

And sadly the Republicans have decided this loon deserves a spot on the Intelligence Committee.

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Friday

Asked by Friday at 8:08 PM on Dec. 27, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Friday

    Comment by Friday (original poster) at 8:08 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • This bill should have passed long ago! Yes we should help take care of them and we should also give money to the families of those who died waiting for proper health care from things caused by 9/11
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 8:10 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • People who were exposed to deadly agents in the commission of doing their job, should be compensated in the form a health care coverage and payment for required medical treatments. $ should also be given to families who have lost loved ones who died waiting for the proper hc for conditions related to job duties and exposure on 9/11
    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 8:14 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • ITA and IMO, Bachman is batshit crazy.

    Friday

    Comment by Friday (original poster) at 8:15 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Bachman is batshit crazy.



    ABSOLUTELY!!!
    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 8:17 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • How is wanting transparency and accountability in the spending a bad thing? Is it an entitlement program? Well, are the first responders of 9/11 ENTITLED to a pay out? Is this a PROGRAM to make that happen?

    So yeah, it's an entitlement program. And yeah, it needs to be done. But it also needs to be done WELL so that it's not rife with fraud like so many other programs that are out there. What I get from her is not that she DOES NOT oppose 9/11 responders being taken care of, but has a problem with how this bill does it.

    We see this a lot. One side puts a bill out that contains X (VERY VERY GOOD THING) and Y(VERY BAD THING) other side opposes Y and the first side yells "how can you be against X???? X will save the world and give everyone a kitten!"
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 8:21 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • I get your point, lovin but the only reason I have seen Reps were against this bill is they wanted to add an amendment excluding illegals from receiving any benefits. Personally I think that's BS. If they were a 9/11 first responder it's our responsibility to take care of them, period.

    Friday

    Comment by Friday (original poster) at 8:23 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Reps were against this bill is they wanted to add an amendment excluding illegals from receiving any benefits. Personally I think that's BS. If they were a 9/11 first responder it's our responsibility to take care of them, period.

    ***
    Wait, New York EMS has illegals working for them?! Or is this bill going to reward EVERYONE who acted as a Good Samaritan that day and helped fellow citizens?! Where do we draw the line?! Many of the first responders and survivors families have already received million dollar plus settlements.
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:27 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • The republicans that were against this are douchebags. I hope of there home is on fire the dept. stands outside their home and watches it burn as they debate and vote on if its safe to go in..if the risk to their health is  worth it ....


    Michelle Bachman is such a raving lunatic her SON won't even listen to her antics...remember her Obama "re-education camps" lie? her son joined,,,,,

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:49 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

  • Wait, New York EMS has illegals working for them?! Or is this bill going to reward EVERYONE who acted as a Good Samaritan that day and helped fellow citizens?! Where do we draw the line?! Many of the first responders and survivors families have already received million dollar plus settlements.


    this is about the first responders that LIVEd and are now DYING because of becoming ILL because of the TOXINS they breathed in....see what Guiliani said about this...

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:50 PM on Dec. 27, 2010

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