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McCain’s Remarks on 9/11 Bill Draw Democrats’ Fury
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2010-12-17 | Devlin Barrett

Posted on 12/17/2010 6:28:04 PM PST by rabscuttle385

Tempers flared on the Senate floor Friday after Arizona Sen. John McCain said Democrats were wasting time “fooling around” with bills like one that would provide health care to ailing Ground Zero workers.

McCain’s comments sparked an immediate and angry response from New York Sen. Charles Schumer, who said the legislation is deadly serious to the workers who have died or fallen ill to cancer or other diseases from exposure to toxic debris.

McCain complained that Democratic leaders needlessly stalled a vote on a missile treaty with Russia “after all of the fooling around we’ve been doing” by holding losing votes on immigration and the Ground Zero health-care legislation.

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg also took McCain to task, calling his comments “shocking.” He noted that first responders came from across the country to work at the World Trade Center site, including about 100 people from McCain’s home state of Arizona.

Within minutes of McCain’s comment, Schumer had hurried to the floor to hit back.

“To call helping (first responders) fooling around is saddening and frustrating,” Schumer said. “We are not fooling around. We are fulfilling our duty as patriotic Americans.”

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 111th; 911; democrats; healthcare; mccain; obama; schumer; wtc
McCain bailed out the NY banks to the tune of $700+ Billion but attacks $7.4 Billion in health care expenditures for 9/11 first responders.

Fail.

1 posted on 12/17/2010 6:28:06 PM PST by rabscuttle385
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To: rabscuttle385

Yeah, $7.4 billion dollars to a bunch of scumbag NY lawyers. And ten years from now, another $7.4 billion. Some people will never stop milking that cow.

Gimme a break. I’m in Philly and I think some of the ash blew down here (cough cough, I think I’m sick), gimme a few million, okay?


2 posted on 12/17/2010 6:34:18 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

So far ‘only’ 58,000 people have demanded free health care and a cash settlement for working at Ground Zero.

When you see pictures of workers you look closely and see breathing devices hanging down. They claimed they were uncomfortable so they didn’t wear the protective masks.

Rudy tried to rotate the crews for their safety and a huge brawl ensued. They wanted the overtime and refused to be on any rotation.

This is a scam since the folks already have a huge settlement from funds donated years ago.

Am sick and tired of Peter King milking this issue day in and day out. And that goes for schmuckie shumer too.


3 posted on 12/17/2010 6:46:35 PM PST by Carley (ISRAEL.......NOT SO ALONE!!!)
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To: rabscuttle385

Last I checked, the hijackers were all from Saudi Arabia. If 19 Americans went to Saudi Arabia, hijacked camels and slammed them into Mecca, wouldn’t the Saudis expect the U.S. to compensate the victims of the flying camel debris for damages? So, why are we having the taxpayers pay for this considering in wasn’t us who committed this atrocity? I have eternal respect for those who responded to the 9/11 attacks and pray for them everyday, but why are we NOT having the Saudis pay for this? They are, after all, one of the richest nations in the world and it was their citizens who are responsible. Welcome to bizzaro world.


4 posted on 12/17/2010 6:48:26 PM PST by Havoc Cry
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To: Havoc Cry

What he said. Get the dough from the Saudis


5 posted on 12/17/2010 6:52:49 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Carley

I don’t like the issue either and I’m not for Peter King milking it, but don’t you for one second try and tell me that those guys did that because ‘they wanted the overtime’.

I know some of those guys and I knew guys who died in the towers on 9/11. The rescue workers did what they did out of a sense of duty, not for overtime. People don’t volunteer to sift through human remains of people they likely knew and cared about just for a paycheck.

You don’t need to impugn the motives of good people to make a point against politicians milking an issue you disagree with.


6 posted on 12/17/2010 6:58:37 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: Havoc Cry

Well said.

Maybe next time barry is bowing before the saudi king he can slap a bill in his hand for a few billion.


7 posted on 12/17/2010 7:00:39 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (God humbles and (if need be) destroys the false idols of the peoples. Be patient, folks...)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
"People don’t volunteer to sift through human remains of people they likely knew and cared about just for a paycheck. "

Puhlease.....

56,000 First Responders who sifted through debris? You must be including all the Lawyers who jumped in with claims, too.....

8 posted on 12/17/2010 7:09:54 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: rabscuttle385
McCain’s comments sparked an immediate and angry response from New York Sen. Charles Schumer, who said the legislation is deadly serious to the workers who have died or fallen ill to cancer or other diseases from exposure to toxic debris.

And the RATS have dusted off the same crap year after year for the past four. Schumer (from NY, BTW) should be ashamed of himself for not getting this passed YEARS ago. He's just about worthless.

9 posted on 12/17/2010 7:20:12 PM PST by Libloather (Teapublican, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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To: rabscuttle385
Why do ground zero workers have so much trouble with New York's workmen's compensation claims?
10 posted on 12/17/2010 7:23:00 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

They kicked out real quick any non union trades/workers.


11 posted on 12/17/2010 7:23:46 PM PST by Leisler (They always lie, and have for so much and for so long, that they no longer know what about.)
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To: traditional1
Nonsense. I was responding to this:

When you see pictures of workers you look closely and see breathing devices hanging down. They claimed they were uncomfortable so they didn’t wear the protective masks.

Rudy tried to rotate the crews for their safety and a huge brawl ensued. They wanted the overtime and refused to be on any rotation.

Because the politicians are running some kind of game with 56,000 people doesn't mean that people who did that work need to be impugned. You should know better.

12 posted on 12/17/2010 7:26:19 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: kbennkc

I don’t understand either. Between workman’s comp and government workers great healthcare benefits, why is all this necessary?

LAWYERS.


13 posted on 12/17/2010 7:26:45 PM PST by Hildy
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Sounds a bit like pot calling kettle black, trying to claim to know everyone’s motives.

If I remember right, at the time there were some news reports about this “overtime” thing and the “Local” acting as usual. As far as these people not wearing filtration masks, having worked many OSHA and MSHA jobs, you refuse to wear dust mask your in trouble. Don’t think they absorbed the dust and pollutants through the skin, refusing common sense breathing protection is a whole lot like someone smoking Camels for years expecting us to pick up their med tab.


14 posted on 12/17/2010 7:28:10 PM PST by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Leisler

That’s the law in the fascist police state that we refer to as New York. Let’s change that before we go pointing fingers at good people.


15 posted on 12/17/2010 7:29:43 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I’ve worked union construction jobs. They’re disgusting from a taxpayer point of view. Triple cost, twice as long, with half the quality.


16 posted on 12/17/2010 7:33:12 PM PST by Leisler (They always lie, and have for so much and for so long, that they no longer know what about.)
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To: dusttoyou
Sounds a bit like pot calling kettle black, trying to claim to know everyone’s motives.

Really? How so. Please explain.

17 posted on 12/17/2010 7:35:28 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: Leisler

I don’t disagree with you on that.


18 posted on 12/17/2010 7:36:53 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
Two friends of mine worked for a brokerage firm in Tower 2. I am tired of those who take advantage of tragedies (ESPECIALLY LAWYERS) to stuff their pockets (similar to the ongoing Katrina handouts to New Orleans).

Those directly involved have been compensated to the tune of Billions in the past. More money now is piling on.

19 posted on 12/17/2010 7:46:20 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: traditional1

I lost both people who were in the towers and a relative who was a retired firefighter who just happened to be there that morning. He died when tower 2 collapsed.

I am well aware of these political boondoggles and I haven’t said anything in favor of this one. I don’t like the lawyers (or politicians) who use this tragedy to their advantage either.

All I said was that you shouldn’t impugn people who sifted through rubble and human remains. Don’t make it out like they were there to just get a chunk of change. That’s insulting and it’s complete bullcrap.

I’ve backed up what I said with the original quote. I’ve been very clear on what I’m saying. Any more BS on this and you’ll be acting like one of the PDS crowd that neither one of us care for.


20 posted on 12/17/2010 7:52:36 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: rabscuttle385; All
McCain bailed out the NY banks to the tune of $700+ Billion but attacks $7.4 Billion in health care expenditures for 9/11 first responders.

Fail.

Summarized perfectly.

Except for the addition of the continuing, bottomless litigation the lawyer class will generate from this if liability is admitted, especially at the national level.

I think these men deserve complete compensation. And not a dollar to their lawyers. Let's see how far that proposition advances...

And where, exactly, is the Federal responsibility for a city, county, and state liability matter like this invoked?


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

21 posted on 12/17/2010 8:09:18 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: rabscuttle385
McCain’s Remarks on 9/11 Bill Draw Democrats’ Fury
McCain's remarks renders Dems incontinent going all holier-than-thou on 9/11...
22 posted on 12/17/2010 8:17:18 PM PST by NutCrackerBoy
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To: Hildy
Lawyers cause lawsuits like flies cause poop or gun control or something like that.
23 posted on 12/17/2010 8:52:45 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

So the uproar when Rudy wanted to rotate them off the debris pile didn’t happen?

Good try. We were there!!!!

And one of the poster guys for more more more money who was simply directing traffic blocks away was really digging right at the sight?

Don’t bother to reply.


24 posted on 12/18/2010 2:37:31 AM PST by Carley (ISRAEL.......NOT SO ALONE!!!)
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To: rabscuttle385
McCain complained that Democratic leaders needlessly stalled a vote on a missile treaty with Russia “after all of the fooling around we’ve been doing”...

EXCELLLENT. Stall, delay, and do anything necessary to stop START.

No surprise, McCain is standing with the Dems on this one.

25 posted on 12/18/2010 2:47:50 AM PST by calcowgirl ("Controlling carbon is a bureaucrat’s dream. If you control carbon, you control life" —Lindzen)
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To: calcowgirl

Yes, McCain is standing with the Dems on START.


26 posted on 12/18/2010 2:48:53 AM PST by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385
...New York Sen. Charles Schumer, who said the legislation is deadly serious to the workers who have died or fallen ill to cancer or other diseases from exposure to toxic debris. Would someone please explain to me how something could be deadly serious to someone who has died. I guess Schumer must attend seances and probably solicits votes at the same time.
27 posted on 12/18/2010 3:19:32 AM PST by monocle
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To: Carley

Like I said, there are ways to be against this without being a total POS. Apparently, you’ve chosen not to avail yourself of them. Pity.

I’d ask you who ‘we’ is, but I don’t really care who you are or what you think.


28 posted on 12/18/2010 6:55:48 AM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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