Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar say F You to the 9/11 First Responders.

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Reactionary Arizona District Four and District Five Representatives Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs do not think 9/11 First Responders deserve to be taken care of the rest of their lives. Photo from the Daily Courier.

Most people would think that passing a bill to take care of the 9/11 First Responders who are suffering from permanent injuries and illnesses stemming from their heroism that fateful day would achieve unanimous approval in both the House and Senate.

It is the only right thing to do for these brave souls.

Even the Enemy of the People-Obstructionist in Chief Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to take up the bill coming from the House, commenting that:

“The first responders who rushed into danger on September 11th, 2001 are the very definition of American heroes and patriots……The Senate has never forgotten the Victim Compensation Fund and we aren’t about to start now. Nothing about our shared goal to provide for these heroes is remotely partisan. We will consider this important legislation soon.”

Well, 12 Republicans inexplicably voted against the Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act. Among those 12 reactionaries who did not think the First Responders should be permanently taken care were Arizona’s Congressional District Four and Five Representatives Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs.

Do Gosar and Biggs really think their constituents wanted them to vote against taking care of the people who sacrificed their health and lives to rescue people from the Twin Towers and the Pentagon?

If they do, they are out of touch with reality and need to be voted out in 2020.

If they do not care what their constituents want, they need to be voted out in 2020 for not serving the people that put them in office.

The people in Congressional Districts Four and Five need to consider this vote, along with the others that have gone against the wishes of the people, and ask the question:

“Does our representative serve our interests and the nations or his own?”

Voters need to consider that basic question among others when making a decision in 2020.

Do they really want to re-elect individuals who are so far on the fringe that they would actually say F You to the 9/11 First Responders?

Featured image from ABC News

 

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

2 COMMENTS

  1. As much as I agree that these first responders deserve these benefits, I can see how a reasonable person might oppose the bill by questioning how these heroic people are so very different from first responders elsewhere who put their health or very lives at risk in order to do their jobs. We need to work toward a system in which all such people will receive the care they deserve–but we need to figure out how to pay for that first, and how to distinguish between those who “deserve” it and those who don’t.

    • Excellent point Lesley although I think Representatives Biggs and Gosar may not share your reasoning. Thank you for your reply and take care..

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