Atlantic Monthly " In Manhattan, Children Still Battle 9/11-Related Illnesses
Sep 11 2011, 7:14 AM ET
The day the Twin Towers crumbled, more than 25,000 kids inhaled toxic substances. Ten years later, many of them are suffering from health problems that still haven't gone away.
The US government has failed to provide safety standards and separate regulations regarding exposure to potentially dangerous or hazardous chemicals. What is considered "safe" by government agencies is based upon a healthy grown male worker, and does not apply to non contracted workers. What is safe for a grown man can kill an infant.
Obama let his own children play in contaminated Gulf of Mexico water and declared the beaches
of the Gulf of Mexico "clean" and "safe," then encouraged "families," to visit
and play in the sand and in the water. Hours later, the beaches were once again littered with tar balls from the BP Oil Spill. National media showed
children playing alongside BP workers cleaning the beach. Was our federal leader right to encourage families with children to play on beaches and in the water? No. The President had no data to
support safety for children. Yet, the President's own EPA declared that
children are more vulnerable to toxins than adults.
A few days ago, President Obama
promised In his
speech to advocate the passage of the American Jobs Act, that if passed, American jobs would increase, that
infrastructure, including school buildings and facilities would be
improved, and that worker safety would not be compromised.