Monday, April 07, 2003

War on Terror: Not on my dime.

Allow me to put some numbers forward: 9-11, 403, 0

The first number should immediately ring a bell with you. It’s the date of the worst act of terrorism the nation has ever faced.

The second number? Well, that’s the toll in lives lost by New York City and the Port Authority police, fire, and ambulance departments.

Zero is the amount Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) believes those groups should be paid for going above and beyond a forty hour work week responding to emergencies.

I really feel strongly that we ought to find some way to convince the people that there ought to be some volunteerism at home," said Stevens. "I don't know why the people working for the cities and counties ought to be paid overtime when they're responding to matters of national security."

"Sixty of the 343 firefighters who died on 9/11 were off duty, volunteering to put their lives on the line. We've already done our share," said Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy.

I guess that’s just not enough for Senator Stevens.

What else isn’t enough for Senator Stevens? 350 billion. Stevens is one of the Senators that voted against slashing the 726 billion in half during this time of war.

If you are so inclined, let him know how you feel. I did.

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