It took three calls before me before I heard the C-span host try to pronounce my city's name *g* so I muted the set, gave the correct pronunciation and then gave my 'speech' in hopes that Obama and Pelosi (for whom the burden now may rest to stop this
Boehner was supposed to address the media shortly, but the media has been moved out of the briefing room, which can only mean that Boehner is back in the murky closet, possibly making even more changes OR planning to allow the bill to die for the first vote, thus allowing Congress to see what the loss will do to the Stock Exchange (which should plummet). It's a typical scare tactic, used before, and he may be now planning to force it to happen again. Which would be hilarious in a way, considering that many Republicans, Michelle Bachman among them, have stated that, "failure to raise the debt ceiling won't result in any kind of catastrophe..." and she further dismissed predictions of financial calamity that came from the Treasury Department, economists and President Obama as hyperbole. "Scare tactics," were her exact words. She may be proven more wrong than it's possible to be if Boehner goes for the 'scare vote'. Weird, isn't it?
On another note, is everyone aware that the bill to help the First Responders, while it did pass, finally, they added a last minute rider to it excluding - are you sitting down? Excluding...CANCER. That's right, the new law to provide health care to our suffering first responders during 9/11 excludes cancer. Oh, sure, if the fireman, clean-up crew, police, etc., who spent days and weeks going through the carcinogenic crap can prove their cancer came from those days, they'll be covered. *thud*
And who added the rider? I think you can guess it wasn't the "bleeding heart liberals". That's how we're treating those brave men and women we praised to the skies following 9/11, the same men and women who are now, at such young ages, facing illnesses usually seen in men and women in their 60's, 70's and 80's. And the cancer rate among the First Responders? As of 2006, 75 recovery workers at ground zero had been diagnosed with blood cell cancers that a half-dozen top doctors and epidemiologists confirmed as having been likely caused by that exposure (likely? As if 75 people who were engaged in the exact same work - at the exact same time - would contract almost the exact same type of cancer is "likely"? Puleeze).
If we can't take care of something so obvious as the health impairment of First Responders etc., of all who were affected by the 'cloud' of toxic air, how can we possibly expect our government to deal with fairly with all Americans in tackling the debt ceiling?
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