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Well – we did it! Enough of the country said “When” on November 4th that we are embarking on a new administration – one that, even at this early date, is proving to be at least more aware of itself and its impact on the world than the one we endured for 8 years.

We want to thank the thousands of you who participated in the Say “When” movement – please take credit (and our thanks) for your part in this miracle!

Our point in starting Say “When” was to point out the rampant corruption at the very core of our government. Just in the past year, it has become more and more apparent that the people we elected to represent us are, in many cases, less than honest in their positions of power. It is with your help that millions have become aware – and are holding their representatives responsible.

Because of your awareness and your insistence that others become aware as well, the actions of people in positions of power – not just in government but in business as well – are being brought to light and they are being put on notice that their greed and corrupt values will not be tolerated any longer.

Americans have always embraced the spirit of the entrepreneur – but we will not tolerate a greed that is so pervasive that it smacks of entitlement and illegality. We will continue to support and strive for “the American Dream” – but we will no longer allow it at the expense of others.

It’s been a long and tiring journey to this point – and we thank you for your incredible support! It is truly because of you that we find ourselves here. Thank you again!

We at Say “When” are feeling the desire to change our focus. We feel that the American people have moved into a position of power and will not let the things that plagued us for 8 years develop again. We are giving President Obama and his Administration our support – and a bit of leeway. The hole we found ourselves in just a few short months ago was huge – and will take a while to get out of.

In the spirit of Hope and service and moving forward, we will be suspending our website – www.say-when.org. Our domain name expires on March 6, 2009 – and we will not be renewing it. The site will cease to exist – except in our hearts and memories. This blog will still be up, but we will not be updating it regularly. We will let it rest as well. Your wristbands will be collector’s items one day – and something you can show your kids or grandkids as a symbol of your stand for what’s right in America.

We suggest that you maintain your vigilance – but allow it to be tempered with optimism and faith. Mainstream media still has its challenges for us, but we’re encouraged by two newscasters in particular – Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow of MSNBC. We feel they have their integrity in place and it is with these true journalists we will continue to “keep an eye on things.”

We especially want to thank Rosie O’Donnell. You may or may not “enjoy” her style, but there are very few people who would be willing to put their careers, their reputations, or their butts on the line for their country like Rosie did (and will continue to do, if we know her). It is because of her that millions of people became aware of the disaster that was the Bush Administration. She was a supporter of Say “When” from the beginning – and we will always have a special place in our hearts reserved just for her and her viewers!

If you feel it necessary to contact us, our e-mail at admin@say-when.org will be functioning until March 6. After that, please feel free to leave a comment here.

Thank you again from the bottoms of our hearts – we wish you every good thing you desire and deserve.

The Say “When” team

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Bush Plans to Put 9/11 Workers’ Care in Company Based Outside NY – Sick Would Pay Upfront

WASHINGTON – The outgoing Bush administration appears to be working “covertly” on a contract that would strip the 9/11 health and treatment program from the FDNY and Mount Sinai Medical Center, sources told the Daily News.

The plan, which sources say is being batted around within the Department of Health and Human Services, would yank all Sept.  11-related monitoring and care from the city and put it in the hands of of one company – likely based outside the city.

A new contract could potentially force 9/11 patients pay up front for services, and then be reimbursed. Currently, the tab is covered.

More than 50,000 people are enrolled in the city-based health and monitoring program, open to those exposed to Ground Zero. About 16,000 participants are actively receiving treatment.

Some 4,000 people are enrolled in a national version.

“The department is not working on a solicitation of this type and this allegation is untrue,” HHS spokeswoman Christina Pearson insisted.

Nevertheless, a source told The News officials within the department “have not liked this program from the beginning.”

“They are ideologues, and they could stick the Obama administration with this contract. At best, it’s disruptive,” the source added.

A spokesman for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, which administers the 9/11 programs, said the contract for treating ill Americans outside of the tri-state area would end in the summer – but could not say if there were any plans for the city programs.

“What they want to do is broaden that national contract, and put everyone in there,” a source with New York ties said, adding that federal officials appear to be trying to bid out the new program before Barack Obama takes office.

The source said New York legislators learned of the impending move after a potential contractor called them, hoping to get help preparing a bid.

That prompted Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler (D- Manhattan) to fire off a angry letter Thursday demanding an explanation for the secret moves after officials had promised to keep them in the loop.

“Last week, we were dismayed to hear of a new solicitation about to be issued by your department that would apparently replace all current arrangements,” says the letter addressed to HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt and obtained by the News.

“This information on the new solicitation concerned us not only with regard to the potential damage to the current program,” the letter went on, “but also regarding the apparent attempt to covertly announce this contract solicitation in the last days of the Bush administration.”

Maloney and Nadler gave the secretary three days to respond.

“We just received this letter today and immediately called their offices to say these allegations are unfounded,” Pearson said.

$700,000,000,000 to save the butts of people who intentionally cheated for profit – and a bill to provide long-term health care to 9/11 First Responders who are ill. These people tried to SAVE LIVES and are dying as a result. Priorities need to be reassessed.

BY OREN YANIV
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Congress Sunday shelved a $10.9 billion bill to provide health care and compensation for Ground Zero workers, at least in part due to opposition from Mayor Bloomberg.

The House of Representatives failed to vote on the bill after City Hall objected to a provision that would have required the city to pay 10% of the cost of a long-term Sept. 11 health program.

The total cost would have been $5.1 billion for a 10-year program that would have provided health care to those sick from working amid toxic World Trade Center debris. The city’s share was to be $500 million.

The bill also would have reopened the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund, adding an estimated $6 billion for those who became sick after working amid the debris.

John Feal, a 9/11 responder and founder of the FealGood Foundation, went to Washington in a failed push for the bill.

“The mayor pretty much squashed the bill on us,” a disappointed Feal said last night. “We should do right by these people who are sick and dying.”

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan), Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan), Vito Fossella (R-S.I.) and Pete King (R-L.I.) said the New York delegation would reintroduce another bipartisan bill next year.

“We will work together to meet the sizable need to care for those who lived and worked in the immediate area around Ground Zero – not to mention those who helped in the immediate aftermath,” the lawmakers said in a statement.

Supporters had hoped the House would vote on the package over the weekend, but time and support ran out amid intense congressional negotiations over the $700 billion financial bailout package.

The Senate would likely not have had time to pass the bill anyway, but backers said House passage would have helped move the measure forward.

Bloomberg spokesman Jason Post said the Sept. 11 health bill was “a step backward” and said “it put an undue burden on city taxpayers.” He noted the bill would raise fivefold the city’s annual tab for 9/11 programs.

Other city officials said the feds should pay the full cost as a matter of principle because Sept. 11 was an attack on America.

Denis Hughes, president of the New York State AFL-CIO, countered that the bill was doomed by “shortsighted” thinking at City Hall.

“What really sunk this was the mayor’s opposition,” Hughes said. “I think they miscalculated.”

Trying to keep up with who thinks what can be a full-time job at this time in an election year. Well…there is a NEUTRAL website that lists everyone’s point of view on all the issues.

Your responsibility, as a Citizen of the United States and the employer of the people for whom you vote, is to be as informed as possible. LOTS gets by us because we’re so busy – and there are some who think that’s what they count on.

SO…do your duty and at least read this site – OnTheIssues.org. See who REALLY represents you and your beliefs. Don’t take it from Bill O’Reilly, Keith Olbermann, or Jon Stewart – think for yourself. Don’t choose based upon sound-bites that are designed to tweak your emotions – use your time and intelligence wisely.

Regardless of what you’ve heard, YOU’RE the decider!!!

9/11 First Responder and star of “SAVE THE BRAVE” Greg Quibell lost his fight with the illness he contracted while trying to save lives at Ground Zero nearly 7 years ago.

On 9/11/01, as many as 100,000 brave men and women like Mr. Quibell were exposed to a toxic mixture of pulverized glass and concrete, asbestos, lead, and burning jet fuel. The exposure was made that much worse by the EPA’s announcement that the environment was safe. Doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City estimate that 70% of the firefighters, police officers, emergency medical crews, construction workers, utility workers and volunteers suffered lung and other serious health problems.

Nearly 7 years later, most of us have moved on with our lives. These men and women, however, are reminded every day. Not only is there no guaranteed long term comprehensive medical treatment program but the Bush administration consistently has delayed and cold-heartedly blocked efforts and cut funding for Sept. 11-related health care.

Please join us by holding Mr. Quibell’s family and friends in your hearts – and take just a few moments of your time to let the people who represent YOU in Washington know that you haven’t forgotten the brave men and women who put their lives on the line for their fellow Americans. Tell them that something needs to be done by them, in YOUR NAME, to help the 9/11 First Responders NOW.

From The Fealgood Foundation –

9/11 RESPONDER GREG QUIBELL DIES OF 9/11 ILLNESS URGING CONGRESS

TO PASS 9/11 HEALTH & COMPENSATION BILL BEFORE 9/11

August 27, 2008—New York, NY– Greg Quibell died tonight in Long Island, NY. Quibell stars in the documentary SAVE THE BRAVE, which premieres tomorrow night, Thursday August 28, 2008 at the Bellmore Theater, located at 222 Pettit Ave in Bellmore, Long Island, NY. At 7 pm. The premiere is dedicated to Quibell.

“We have lost another champion, another hero. Greg fought to the end and delivered a clear message to Congress”, comments Fealgood Foundation President, John Feal, “the Members of Congress cannot understand what these men and women are experiencing. Not only are those who served at Ground Zero suffering, sick and dying but families are devastated, putting children’s futures at risk. These heroes must have an America which takes care of, instead of forgets, its heroes. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Bill must be passed when Congress returns from recess so that this national disgrace can finally come to an end”.

The documentary focuses on four responders and what’s happened to them since their service as responders at Ground Zero following the attacks. FDNY Chief Jim Riches, Corrections officer Greg Quibell, EMS Charlie Giles and FDNY member John McNamara all share the intimate details of their Ground Zero experiences and consequences. In addition to sickness one couple in the film loses their home and now we suffer the loss of  Greg Quibell.

Members of Congress can expect to receive SAVE THE BRAVE, the DVD when they return from recess. Glen Klein, a Fealgood Foundation board member states, “we are going to put the honest truth about Ground Zero’s suffering heroes in their faces and hope that decency will prevail and they finally pass this legislation before another September 11th passes. All of us are wondering about cancers and other diseases that are showing up five, six, seven years later, what will our families face in the future”, concludes former ESU member of the NYPD, Klein.

9/11 family members Rosemary Cain, Bruce DeCell and Monica Iken speak out urging Congress to pass the legislation immediately. The movie was directed and produced by 9/11 Chaplain Rev. Bill Minson with Robert Agriopoulos Videos.

Congressman Jerrold Nadler who authored the legislation with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney appears in the documentary with colleagues Congressman Tim Bishop and Congresswoman Diane Watson of California who held a Congressional briefing in support of 9/11 responders two years ago.

For additional information please contact John Feal at 516-901-7427

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if “one of us” became a politician and had the opportunity to speak to the country – watch this. He’s Brian Schweitzer of Montana – a rancher who just happens to be the Governor. He’s slow to start – but it’s worth watching until the end. For us…….this was the REAL keynote speech!

This is the foundation of our country – do you have the 10 minutes to watch this…or do you find it “boring?” Hmmmmm – interesting.

War is terrorism with a bigger budget.