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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Obama: Government For Our Guys

Make no mistake, folks. This is the real deal. You want protection of people with disabilities, you gotta vote for Obama. The other party wants to get rid of social programs, to them it is a dirty word. So let me ask you, how do they propose to take care of those who need guaranteed supports, housing, vocational help? If you think that private institutions will do it all, think again. Think back to our history. Before we had social programs like SSI, Medicaid, and Medicare, how were the disabled treated?

That’s right. They were institutionalized. Private organizations, God bless them, can only go so far. If you let the entire population individually decide where all their would-be taxed income goes, you will be left with people only supported on the whims of others. A government for the many, a democracy, a government based on The Enlightenment, the social contract — and that is what the Founding Fathers believed in — a government like ours supports its most vulnerable as a given. A given.

Therefore it is a given that we must have mandated and funded programs to maintain the lives of the vulnerable, to take us through times when people are less inclined to give of their own volition. We need to increase the tax base — tax the 1% at a fairer rate — to pay for the social programs. We are in this together, folks.

Some people are tired of this, the same old answers. Spend money on these programs. But yes, it is a boring, tiresome answer. And there is no other way. Sorry. That’s the hard truth.

Some people ask, “What about all the waste?”  I invite them to look into these programs. Find the waste. Look at the people served. If you find problems, fix them. Cast a light on the waste, yes. Deal with that. But don’t cut and dismantle. Improve. This system has been working, but it can be improved. Sure, it’s a relief to be told simply “Get rid of it, let us have our money for ourselves!” But it is not a reality. It’s a simple answer. It’s a false answer.

Take a look at this: President Obama’s wholehearted, direct support of the Arc of the US. What has Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, or Rick Santorum done for the Arc lately?  God bless President Obama, a direct link to our Founding Fathers. If you don’t believe me, read Jean-Jacques Rousseau and then read Thomas Jefferson.  Find out more about Classical Liberalism, the keystone of our country’s beginnings. Don’t let Newt et al. dumb it all down.


Our PA Governor Appointed head of Department of Public Welfare said regarding cutting many out of qualifying for services,”We’ll find someone on welfare who will be glad to take them in or adopt them.”

— added by Amy Caraballo on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

Response to Amy. Oh, my freakin’ word. You mean like the woman who kept people chained in a basement?

Susan – YES. I used to be a Republican actually. Until I had a child with autism. And then a whole world was unveiled. I am very afraid of where the right will put people with disabilities. Now I consider myself independent. It’s a pipe dream that private organizations will cover the needs of people with disabilities. I actually had some stranger tell me I should expect the government to do anything for my child, I should expect his family, family friends and churches/synagogues to do it. Um…that would be great but I don’t see anyone but family knocking on my door willing to make sure my son’s needs are met.

— added by Dixie on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

Too much passion, not enough editing! That should read “shouldn’t” expect the government to do anything for my child.

— added by Dixie on Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 11:44 am

Trust me, I will be out there in November hoping for another four years. Thanks for reminding all of us again how important it is to vote!

— added by kim mccafferty on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Dixie, if you’re still around, good on you for seeing the light. I can name at least half a dozen families in my neighborhood who have kids with disabilities (two of these families have more than one) who are still Republicans. One of them had a tea-party lawn sign the last election; another mom was very offended when I said something in casual conversation that implied I assumed she was a Democrat. If we could only bottle whatever it really was that opened your eyes because it just can’t be having a kid on an IEP.

— added by Ohio Mom on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Hi Susan — I’m with you on this! By the way, i just finished reading your Survival Guide and I am in awe of you!! Fantastic book. i wish i read it years ago, back in the “beginning” of my journey, but hey… better late than never! I have an almost 17 year old daughter with severe (ie low functioning) Autism along with severe cognitive impairments and an uncontrolled rather nasty little seizure disorder. I also have 3 other neurotypical little girls (7,6, and 4). Anyway, I’ve been lurking for a while on your blog and just wanted to actually “cyber introduce” myself and let you know how inspiring I find your work :). i am very intrigued by “Dirt” and cannot wait to read it! 🙂

— added by Alicia D on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm

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