There’s plenty of money for bailing out banks and fighting wars against people who pose no threat to us, but not for those who came to the rescue at Ground Zero.
Congress has just failed to pass the 9/11 health care bill, which would have compensated and provided medical care for thousands of first responders, those who have become gravely ill from breathing toxic dust at the World Trade Center nearly nine years ago.
Hundreds have already died. At the time, our government declared the air at Ground Zero safe, just as it had vouched that Agent Orange was harmless several decades earlier, or Corexit innocuous now. Soon enough, thousands of BP clean up workers will have to litigate, and many, if not most, will die before they’ll see a penny. Same old, same old.
Opposing the 9/11 bill, many congressmen complained about its $7.4 billion price tag. Enough of big government, it’s belt tightening time! We’ll only loosen our purse string, of course, to assist distressed banks. In 2008, Washington gave $12.9 billion to Goldman Sachs, which came to $42 for every American man, woman and child, including the unemployed and the homeless. Come on, man, don’t be so stingy! It’s Goldman Sachs, dude! The 9/11 health bill would have cost each of us 24 bucks, but you must get your priorities straight, and our leaders, whether Republican or Democratic, always know who they must take care of first, last and always. Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street run in a loop.
Unlike Salahi or Lewinsky, Goldman Sachs alumni don’t need ruses or tricks to party inside the White House. Guess whose head’s been bobbing all this time? Speaking of noggins, here is some good news: Unlike in the Third World, where there’s corruption at every level, where nearly everyone with any power, whether a policeman, fireman, clerk or teacher, uses it as leverage to earn a few extra bucks, we are, for now, only rotting at the top. Only our head stinks.
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