9/11 fund makes 1st payments to sick responders

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  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 1:37 p.m.

    Pagan, the only reason the GOP senators voted against this bill is because it's sponsor, or no one else for that matter, could specify where the required funds ($60 billion) for the bill would come from. Since it was never previously budgeted for, obtaining those funds would (or at least should) come from somewhere else. Otherwise, inspite of it's good intent, this bill amounts to another irresponsible act of adding to our already insanely large (and growing) federal deficit. It's actually a wonderful thing that there are finally some people in the Senate trying to be fiscally responsible with their votes and taxpayer money. After all,the cost of this bill is more than many countries of the world entire annual budgets! It shouldn't take being an economist for this to make total sense.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    So Pagan, how long have been the official judge of morality, or the lack of it in other people's comments? How long have you been the judge of how close or far others are from the teachings of Jesus Christ? It seems your name, Pagan, was aptly given.
    The least you could do it keep things in their stated context. No where in the comment you judged was there a "sorry, you knew the risks" statement. That's something you made up. The original statement was "there are some inherent risks in most of these jobs", which is a big difference. It seems it's someone in your mirror that needs to stick to the facts.
    Over the years, I have had several friends who have been injured while helping others. None of them have expected the public to compensate them "as the least" the public could then do. People usually don't expect any compensation for any suffering they might experience from helping others. FYI... To do so wouldn't correlate to your referenced teachings of Christ. You are throwing the first stone by making judgments of other people.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 30, 2013 12:39 p.m.

    Pagan... Read the article before making your comments. I can only assume the article is stating facts. It states in the middle of the article that the highest of this first group of payouts is $1.5 million and that each of the first group of payees are alive and cancer free.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 11:06 p.m.

    Yet this payout is literally making millionaires out of some people who didn't get any cancer and who are still living?

    Name, date, dollar amount of pay out please.

    Facts only.

    When people sacrifice, for others, there should be some reward.

    When they suffer, for the sacrifice of others, the least we can do is help them.

    Simply saying 'sorry, you knew the risk' lacks any morality. And shows how far some people are, from the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    GOP blocks 9/11 first responders bill - 12/10/10

    The bill easily passed the House in September with a rare bout of bipartisan support. The bill's backers expected passage in the Senate, as well.

    But yesterday, every Republican senator voted against the bill.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 29, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    I'm not sure how to say this without sounding a bit cold, because I actually do admire and care about the responders. But is it really the responsibility of all the taxpayers in our country to pay compensation for every bad thing that happens to every individual? It's like the perpetrators are still sticking it to us. There is actually supposed to be some inherent risk in most of these jobs. Yet this payout is literally making millionaires out of some people who didn't get any cancer and who are still living. Seems a bit overly generous... primarily so politicians can look very compassionate to their voters, with someone else's money.
    This mainly becomes an issue because there is no money in our federal budget for this fund. None. We are actually just adding to our already overly inflated and out of control deficit by paying this. When politicians pay out anything, they should find a source for it... take it from somewhere else. That's what we as individuals and families have to do. It's called being responsible with out budgets. The government should try it sometime.