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Just when I thought it was a good time to put down my pen and take a vacation, Congress goes and does something so asinine, so incredibly self-serving, that I couldn't let it go without commenting.

This past week our elected leaders shot down the 9/11 Health Bill, 255 to 159, which lacked the 2/3 votes needed for passage. The destructive partisan rhetoric that came about after the vote, from both sides, was equally repulsive. I'm not going to get into all the specifics of the vote, punch and counter-punch, and divisive Washington "bull" on this blog - I'll leave that to smarter people than me to debate. But the very fact that the political brawn in Washington would use ailing first responders for political leverage is sickening - shame on them!!

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Comment by Lisa Marie on August 15, 2010 at 11:14am
Comment by Christopher Drake on August 5, 2010 at 10:16pm
Amen, Paul, Amen!
Comment by Sonny O'Connor on August 2, 2010 at 9:14pm
finally someone in D.C (besides the brothers on the job) who stand up and have some nuts and get pissed about this not passing
Comment by Mike France on August 2, 2010 at 12:26pm
Would you expect anything less from them.
Comment by Jon D Marsh on August 2, 2010 at 7:55am
Excellent Paul !! Maybe it's just me, but it seems as if the older I get,politicians are paying less and less attention to the people who elect them; they seem to go off into their own world of power and control without looking back to why we voted for them...their promises, foundation, and character suddenly vanish. They seem to have forgotten that they have a responsibility to each of us. How sad, how sad.

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