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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Vote Democrat: It’s That Simple

Anyone receiving services from SSA (Social Security Administration), Medicaid, Medicare, and IDEA ought to care about this and vote Democrat, for President AND Congress!! Romney flip flops, you can’t trust him, and Ryan has been on the record to cut or not raise taxes for these programs. Read this PBS summary here.


I agree! I am voting Democrat. My 12-year old daughter has “low functioning” autism. I know so many parents that have children with autism, and they are voting Republican. I don’t understand why they would vote Republican if these programs could be cut.

— added by Susan on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 9:56 am

Ironically, I’ve always gotten better services and better funding under a Conservative government. The Liberal’s like to spend…. and not on families which the right puts first.

— added by farmwifetwo on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 3:10 pm

framwife, do I remember correctly that you are Canadian? If you are, please remember that things are very, very different here in the States.

When my family visited Toronto six or seven years ago, I marveled at everyone on the street, thinking, “That old lady, with her walker? She never has to worry about health care coverage. That hip art student, sauntering down the street with his portfolio tucked under his arm, never has to worry about health coverge.” And so on. Everyone on that bustling city street, in all their diversity, had something me and my family didn’t, and that I couldn’t imagine ever having at that point, the security of knowing we could take care of our health.

But maybe you actually have to have people in your circles who haven’t had the means to get health care they need and who are suffering because of that, to get it.

It was a Democratic (not “Democrat”, that’s the right-winger way of saying it, they like that it ends on a syllable that sounds like a rodent) President and Congress who brought me some security as far as health care coverage and it is Republican candidates for all levels of government who are promising to take that away.

It’s true that sometimes Democrats do things that hurt families (looking at you, Bill Clinton, and your welfare “reform”) but the contemporary Republican party cares only about big business and the ultra-wealthy. And like Susan the commentator, I also know many families with children with various disabilities who nevertheless support Republicans and Tea Partiers and I can’t figure it out either.

— added by Ohio Mom on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 8:37 am

I have an autistic child and I’m voting republican: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. I feel like a vote that will help my country get out of debt and restore hope in our economy at home will ultimately be best for me and my child. If I can keep more of my own money, then I can afford to pay for more of my child’s treatment without government help. I don’t want the government to be my saviour.

— added by Gabi on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 11:39 am

How is a Republican going to put us out of debt? Bill Clinton left the country with a surplus. It was Bush who caused such great debt. And if you think that there will even be programs that you can pay for with the little bit of tax revenue you’ll get back, I think you’ll be more than disappointed. What’s to stop a deregulated, privately run service provider from charging families as much as they want? Free market does not always drive prices down. Also, by the way, who do you think is paying for your child’s free and public education? Or are you paying huge bills for a private program? The government provides more than you realize (highways, schools, bridges, city and state aid…). With less, we will all have less.

— added by Susan Senator on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

Also have an autistic child and vote Republican. Will continue to do so.

— added by vote on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 10:02 am

Frankly, I am astounded that anyone with an autistic child would vote republican. Why would you vote against the self-interest of your own child? My guy has a hard enough time as it is. Vote for the party that wants to take away the services he does receive? Insane!!! Actually, this was brought up in the first debate (Oct. 3rd), when the subject of Medicaid came up. Romney stated right off the bat that he was cutting Medicaid 30% and would then “let the states deal with it.” Our president replied, rightly so, something like “these are just numbers on a page to you, but for a family who’s got an autistic kid and is depending upon that Medicaid, that’s going to be a big problem.” Your darn right it’s going to be a big problem. My son is bigger than me, stronger than me and has a better quality of life where he currently resides. I get on my soapbox about this one, big time. How DARE any politician try to hurt my son by taking away the services he receives.

— added by Sharon Jones on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm


— added by Susan Senator on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 7:30 pm

You know, I blame the organized autism community. It is so focused on causes and cures that it never takes time to educate parents and families about political realities.

For one example, when the Bush administration wanted to privatize Social Security, which would eliminate the revenue stream that supports adults with disabilities, the silence from the big national organizations was deafening. I know they can’t be partisian but they can take stands on issues. But they won’t. And so we end up with families that aare going to vote in utterly distructive ways.

— added by Ohio Mom on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm