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From: Millie (
Subject:         I'm not sure that fits the definition of "pork" but ok....
Date: August 9, 2010 at 5:46 pm PST

In Reply to: Where they were at odds with this bill: posted by Queen of my Castle on August 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm:

1. Republicans felt that this was the beginning of a new entitlement program--as if we don't have enough of them. Worthy as the cause may be, historically, Washington LOVES to start an entitlement, pack bills for it full of stuff that has nothing to do with the original intent, then rob the fund blind with unrelated expenditures. BTDT with Soc. Security, Medicare, Medicaid. This, to me, is a horrendous stance especially in light of those who hold it. They initiated the biggest entitlement programs ever without paying for any of them: tax cuts for the riches among us? Not paid for and added to deficit *in war time.* Part D Prescription Plan? Written by the drug corporations and helps them more than the elderly. And, not paid for. Nope, added to the deficit. Isn't that also the one where the Reps held the vote over for hours while they strong-armed their own members who tried not to toe the line? In the end, they had to, remember? Two wars -- not funded. And, even *removed* from the deficit so it wouldn't be seen. It was still there, just not reported. That's kind of underhanded, isn't it? So, let's recap: Reps don't mind borrowing money to fund the rich, the drug corporations, and the wars but they will not fund those who are sick due to 9/11 work? That's rich.

2. The funding of it. Republicans didn't want it funded with a new tax--as the Democrats did. Because, see, we have this deficit that the Obama Administration and the current congress have already run so far up that the 6th generation from us will STILL be trying to pay!! Unemployment Benefit extension: great idea, if you can pay for it. 9/11 Worker's fund: great idea--how ya gonna pay for it--withOUT raising taxes? The strange thing is that when they were the majority they didn't care about the deficit. Cheney even said it wasn't important. So, again, really disingenuous for them to now "care." Here's what you supported during the Bush years: lower taxes, higher debt. I'd rather pay for it. Why are Republicans against PAYGO? They voted against it too.

3. The procedure. It was just dirty politics at the minority party's expense to change this vote from requiring a simple majority to needing a 2/3 vote so they can block the Republicans from proposing amendments to fix problems 1 and 2 listed above. What amendments did they want to add? I don't think they pertained to 9/11 at all, did they? I know one was to make sure to disallow illegals from getting benefit. To Heck with any illegal who saved an American, or tried to, on 9/11. Let 'em die. Is that the opinion? I hope not but it sure seems to be.

Again, this whole session has been nothing but dirty politics from the Republican Party. This was a legal maneuver used so that there would not be filibusters or thousands of amendments not pertaining to 9/11 workers. *They need help NOW.* Caps for emphasis. I'll repeat: They need help now. What are the Republican solutions for them today? Those who need oxygen today. Those who need chemo today. Those who need medical care today did not get it. Again, Reps voted no so they must mean no, right? Why should we think anything differently?

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