I suppose the same thing could apply to the soldiers in Iraq and Afganistan, right?Is it just me? Notwithstanding the emotions flying around here (Politically intentional to be sure) but how is the "first responders" plight, any more, or less justified than any joe smo dealing with the same work related/insurance issues? Why do they get some special treatment by congress? It is for this that "entitlement" is a perfect description. It absolutely is an entitlement. Those 1st responders knew what they were getting into when they put on the jackets. I'm sick and tired of people wanting more for something they knew full well was their freaking JOB. Get it.. It's was your JOB to go into a burning building. Yes, some men, perhaps many men would cower at the thought of running into a burning building.. Those men and woman get filtered out pretty quickly.. What's left are the courageous. However, I see no inherent responsibility by society to make special reparations for them? Don't you all get it? This is what's wrong with the US today. Everyone says screw you, until it's time they got screwed, then they're all on board for the hand outs.. We're so domed, I see no way of reversing this trend in American entitlement culture?? None at all?? All those first responders, sorry to say this had it pretty good before 9/11, and if all played out like they had imagined they'd all be retired by age 45 -50, all with a nice house, kids college paid for, a boat, and nice vacations every year, ALL I might add on the tax payers dime. The fact some of them are facing tough times is IMO no justification to change the entire system to make it even a sweeter ride..
Life's a bitch!! For everyone!!!!!!!