• Eric Cantor’s America: 75 Rescue Workers Watch Man Drown, No Funding for ‘Water Rescues’

    June 2, 2011 6:03 am 7 comments
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    Jerry Cohen
    Man Drowns in San Francisco

    Officials in San Francisco were forced to watch a man drown because budget cuts tied their hands from saving the suicidal man from shallow water.

    San Francisco, CA – Chaos and calamity were the scene today, as a crowd of 75-people watched a man drown.  The crowd was comprised of rescue workers who had to sit and watch the man slowly drown because they did not ‘have funding for water rescues’.

    This story is the latest from an America where the Speaker of the House thinks we do not need money unconditionally appropriated for emergency services.  The backstory to this case involves a man in need of medical attention and emergency work and budget cuts, not really the lack of personnel, has now cost a person their life.

    Tragedy began when Emergency Services were called out for a suicidal man that waded out into the ocean.   Ocean water raised to his chest and emergency response happened to the location en masse.  Then, the following happened.  Yahoo! reports:

    An apparently suicidal man waded into San Francisco Bay on Monday, stood up to his neck, and waited. As the man drowned, police, fire crews, and others watched idly from the shore.

    Why? Officials blamed a departmental policy, stemming from budget cuts, that prevented them from jumping in to save him.

    Fifty-year-old Raymond Zack spent nearly an hour in the water before drowning. A crowd of about 75 people, in addition to first responders, watched from the beach in Alameda across the bay from San Francisco as Zack inched farther and farther away, sometimes glancing back, a witness told the San Jose Mercury News. “The next thing he was floating face down.”

    A volunteer eventually pulled Zack’s lifeless body from the Bay.

    Mike D’Orazi of the Alameda Fire Department said that, due to 2009 budget cuts, his crews lacked the training and gear to enter the water. And a Coast Guard boat couldn’t access the area because the water was too shallow.

    “The incident yesterday was deeply regrettable,” D’Orazi said Tuesday. “But I can also see it from our firefighters’ perspective. They’re standing there wanting to do something, but they are handcuffed by policy at that point.”

    A man drowned to death because saving his life was not in budget. Now, this type of thing is fine.

    Mentally ill people do not deserve to be rescued. If you do not have any means of health insurance, you should be left to die. Grandma and grandpa? Tell them to get a job at Wal-mart, swining sacks if they want their heart medicine.

    This is Eric Cantor’s America. You fend for yourself and there is no social services. Ron Paul must be pretty proud around now, too, because he has a kooky buddy in arms to deny any sort of logic. But that’s what America is all about. Psychiatric patients drown as 75-people watch, unable to do anything because it’s not a part of the budget. Compassion. Mercy. Way to go, Eric Cantor. Thanks for giving us a great lead to follow as you sit high upon Capital Hill, looking down on the suffering masses of America.

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