Republican senator from Kentucky Rand Paul blocked unanimous passage of 9/11 victim compensation funding bill yesterday.
Who is Rand Paul?
Rand Paul is a tea-party libertarian, climate change denier, same-sex marriage objector, and pro-gun rights activist. You get the idea what dude’s about.
Off topic but kinda on topic – in 2017, he got his ass kicked severely by his neighbor over a landscaping dispute. You don’t casually assault a US senator like that all willy nilly especially over some trivial shit like landscaping – we’re not condoning violence at all but you could assume dude must’ve been pretty annoying.
So he’s a douchebag, ok, what is 9/11 compensation funding bill, tho?
As of March 2019, the # of first responders & volunteers with health problems stemming from 9/11 sits at more than 95,000 – with more than 12,500 of them suffering from cancer. Each month, 500 to 900 new cases are being identified as well.
Here’s the infuriating part – they worked for weeks and months inhaling toxic chemicals at ground zero because…NY and federal officials told them it was safe.
More than 2,300 people have died from 9/11 related health issues thus far including retired NY detective Luis Alvarez, who passed away last month from cancer. Days before his death, Alvarez appeared alongside Jon Stewart before congress to convince the lawmakers that they needed help.
And Rand Paul blocked the bill? Why?
Because he’s a “fiscally responsible” Republican who just can’t bear to see valuable tax dollars being spent on helping the very people who put their lives on the line to save their fellow citizens.
Due to the large # of victims and the seriousness of their health issues, it’d take billions of $ to compensate them but remember, it was the govt who lied to them and put them in harmful situations in the first place.
Fucked up but not surprising thing is, in 2017, Rand Paul voted yes to and even wrote an op-ed to CNBC for Trump’s new tax bill that would add more than $1 trillion to the deficit over a decade.
Fiscal responsibility my ass.