The Daily Show’s John Stewart came up with a phrase that perfectly fits Congressional Republicans fight to extend tax cuts for the richest 2 percent and the billionaire bailout by calling it “Bros before Heroes.”
That fitting phrase can used to describe the actions of the Republicans in the last two years, but is especially fitting in the last couple of weeks where the GOP has given the finger to the middle class at the expense of the national economy and the budget deficit.
However, the truth is Stewart, a New Yorker, was talking about Republicans decision to block the bill to provide medical care to rescue workers and others who became ill as a result of breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke at the site of the World Trade Center attack in 2001.
The New York Times reported that “in a vote largely along party lines, the Senate rejected a procedural move by Democrats to end debate on the 9/11 health bill and to bring it to a vote; 60 yes votes were needed, but the move received 57, with 42 votes against.”
In a statement, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg chastised Senate Republicans for their “wrongheaded political strategy” and called on them to allow a floor vote on the bill.
“The attacks of 9/11 were attacks on America,” he said, “and we have a collective responsibility to care for the heroes, from all 50 states, who answered the call of duty, saved lives and helped our nation recover.”
This is typical of Republicans who love to wave the flag and claim they support the troops, but they refuse to support them where it really counts. This is more of the same.
You will recall that nine years ago, people dropped everything to head to Ground Zero to search for survivors from the destroyed World Trade Center and then to recover bodies, but when those people need help, Republicans put Bros over heroes.