Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sarah Palin Is No Advocate For The Disabled

Sarah Palin may take really good care of her newborn baby Trig, who was born with Down Syndrome. Though for her to use Trig as a way to claim she'll fight for the disabled and special needs children is a travesty. If she was what she claimed she was, her policy decisions would reflect it, but they don't. Every year thousands of special needs kids are treated to the Special Olympics, where they can be athletes and heroes in their own right. For Sarah Palin however, that is just another wasteful government program.

From ThinkProgress:

Campaigning in Colorado today, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) promised renewed attention to kids with special needs. She declared, “Ever since I took the chief executive’s job up North I pushed for more funding for students with special needs,” and cited her own family’s experience with the issue.

It’s a stretch to say she “pushed” for any policy improvements. Though Palin did sign a law increasing special education funding in Alaska, “she had no role whatsoever” in its development, according to the bill’s author, Rep. Mike Hawker (R). Moreover, as governor, Palin vetoed $275,000 in Special Olympics Alaska funds (Page 100, SB 221 with vetoes), slashing the organization’s operating budget in half.

Compassionate conservatism at its finest! I guess when you are a slick, wealthy politician like Palin you can afford to take care of Trig in the manner that is best for him, but for all those that she "advocates" for, you're on your own. Or maybe what she meant is that she'd pray for the families that have an additional economic burden with their kids that need special attention. Sarah, I'm not a religious guy by any means, but I do know that "faith without works is dead" (James 2:20) and you do not even have to believe in God to follow that one.