Thursday, August 19, 2010

Obama supports 9/11 health bill

By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network

NEW YORK - President Obama is - finally - supporting the Zadroga bill - which would provide health care for 9/11 responders. Funny the timing, isn't it?

After all, his support comes after the bill was defeated and then reintroduced. If he believes this is such a priority, then why didn't he come out for it before?

The answer is pretty clear. He's obviously trying to blunt criticism of his support for the so-called Ground Zero mosque.

It comes just days after he spoke out in favor of the mosque - and was roundly criticized - even by leaders of his own party - for doing so.

Let me digress for just a moment. I actually agree with the president that the developers of the mosque have the right to build it two blocks from Ground Zero. But I think he was an idiot for saying so.

The mosque is a local issue to be decided by New Yorkers. This is like him wading uninvited into the confrontation between a white cop and a black Harvard professor. That action was ill conceived and so was this one.

It only hurt congressional members of his Democratic Party already facing tough re-elections.

So he had to do something to counter the backlash his mosque remarks engendered. What better way than to suddenly wake up and support the Zadroga bill?

Well, Mr. President, you're a little late to the party. And your motivations are suspect. But at least, you're finally doing the right thing and supporting a measure that would ensure health care for those who have and who will become ill because they answered the call to a national disaster.

Now it's time for those members of Congress who turned their backs on these heroes to do the right thing as well.

Gary Baumgarten
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