Of all the bills Republicans shot down this year, the cruelest of all was killing health care for 9/11 responders.
Why would they decide to vote, en bloc, against help for those brave police, firefighters, and construction workers who became gravely ill from toxic poisons inhaled while doing clean-up work at Ground Zero – one thousand of whom have already died?
Well now, thanks to Think Progress, we know. Republicans were only fronting for the Chamber of Commerce – which asked Republicans to oppose the legislation because it would be paid for by eliminating a tax loophole used by foreign corporations doing business in America to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
In other words, Republicans and the Chamber chose to deny health care to the heroes of 9/11 – in order to reward foreign companies stealing jobs and business from American companies, on our soil, while paying no taxes.
And that tells you what phonies Republicans are when they claim to be patriotic Americans.
If you’re depriving American heroes of health care in order to benefit foreign corporations, you’re not a patriotic American, you’re a traitor.
That’s my parting shot for today.