Friday, December 17, 2010

Zadroga Bill Filibuster Shows How Broken We Are

I don't write about politics, well, ever, really. I care about this country, and I care about the people who we elect to run it. At the same time, I've become extremely jaded over the process over the last six years or so. I find us in a never-ending cycle in America.

It starts when we elect a majority into Congress. Inevitably, we'll elect that party into the White House, get pissed off, throw that majority out of Congress, and probably elect the other party into the White House. Repeat cycle.

Doesn't work every time, but it's getting close.

Why can't either party hold a majority for a significant amount of time? Because they lie to get elected, act like jackasses once they're elected, then expose themselves to the opponent in their re-election run because it was found they were full of garbage to get elected in the first place.

Once in a while, something happens that reminds us (or should remind us) of how broken and totally messed up our political system is. The most recent example is the Zadroga Bill. Held up in the Senate, this bill would provide additional health care benefits for those who served as first responders during the 9/11 attacks.

I mean, duh. Pretty simple, right.

Wrong.

As I said, it's held up in the Senate. Just despicable. Here is a piece from Thursday's Daily Show With Jon Stewart, where he talks to 9/11 first responders.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
9/11 First Responders React to the Senate Filibuster
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Just make sure you get those tax cuts passed for the wealthy, guys. Nice priorities.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Seems hard to believe that those politicians are supposedly representing us! I don't know of anyone personally that has a problem with this bill passing. Political gamesmanship at its best (or worst)