Monday, December 14, 2015

Republican Values

Here's another thing you won't see being hung around the necks of the Republicans in the United States Senate:

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.

The motion for cloture, or to begin debate, needed 60 votes to pass due to a Republican filibuster, but fell short at 57-42 in favor.

You have to love the wording of the lede. "Senate Democrats failed..." Of course they failed. They failed to stand in front of every camera they could find and tell the American people that the Republican Party just told the men and women who rushed into lower Manhattan to save lives to go pound sand. They failed to demand time on every Sunday show (which is a veritable cake walk for nutty Republicans, up to and including a permanent slot for John McCain to continue being an irrelevant lame duck) so that they could tell the story of people dying off in droves because of the things they inhaled fifteen years ago. How is this not a bigger story? It came out four days ago and withered on the vine. Where's the fucking outrage?

If the U.S. House of Representatives, which is now home to some of the craziest fiscal conservatives ever elected, can pass a bill for 9/11 first responders then why can't the United States Senate?

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.

Republicans value tax cuts for the rich over first responders, veterans, and everybody else. They consistently cut or underfund these things because this is what they believe in. They have always done this and they always will. There will be no mad rush to tax corporate malfeasance and collect from billionaires what they owe. There will only be a sad distraction of some kind over nothing.

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