Here’s yet another chapter of the Rushpubliscum “Jobs” agenda for America.
If you realize that the only “jobs” they give a damn about are their own, congratulations. But you might not be aware of just how damn mean these sons of bitches really are.
Mother Jones does, and they tell us all about The Rushpubliscum War On the Disabled.
I despise them; I make no secret of that, on this blog, or to their faces. But after reading this, I despise them more than ever before.
I didn’t think it was possible.
Food safety, family planning, cancer research, and low-income housing—now add the Special Olympics to the long list of organizations and federal programs targeted for major funding cuts by congressional Republicans.
The House GOP’s budget, which passed last month, takes a hatchet to programs for disabled kids and Special Olympics athletes. The proposed cuts could force the closure of at least one Special Olympics program, which is funded through the Department of Education. Dubbed Project UNIFY, the program serves more than 750,000 students in 43 states and draws from techniques used in Special Olympics training for activities in public schools.
The program includes sports teams that pair disabled athletes with nondisabled athletes; developmental activities for young children with disabilities; and anti-discrimination programs to combat bullying in schools. Special Olympics president and CEO Tim Shriver has said the program is at the forefront of a national movement to fight bias against the disabled and, in a recent interview on MSNBC, he denounced the GOP cuts: “It wasn’t a haircut—it was a guillotine job for the programs for health and education for children with special needs.”
The cuts would slash $8.1 million from the UNITY program. While the amount may seem nominal, it would deal a fatal blow to the nascent program, which began in 2008 under the Bush administration. “It would go away—there would be no alternative,” says Dr. Stephen Corbin, senior vice president for community impact at Special Olympics International, the nonprofit organization that runs the athletic event for the disabled.
Corbin emphasizes that the Special Olympics has provided critical life skills to participants through the school-based program. Though only 10 percent of young adults with intellectual disabilities are employed, 52 percent of Special Olympics athletes have jobs. “It gives them much greater potential to take care of themselves as young adults and become contributing members of community, rather than become dependents, so to speak,” Corbin says.
The Special Olympics has launched its own advocacy effort to defend the UNITY program and other efforts jeopardized by the cuts, bringing athletes from the Games to Capitol Hill this week. Blasting the House bill for “threat[ening] the life of critical Special Olympics programs,” the organization also launched a Congressional lobbying drive among disability advocates to ward off the cuts.
Along with its Department of Education money, funding the group receives from the Centers for Disease Control is also at risk. The CDC funding is directed at a program that provides more than a million free health screenings for disabled athletes, who often have trouble getting appropriate medical care. “A person with intellectual disabilities might have to go to 50 physicians,” says Corbin. “A lot of health professionals don’t want these patients in their waiting rooms, fearing that it would make other patients uncomfortable. Our population is one of the neediest populations around.”
In terms of the budget, this is less than peanuts. But it is far better to make these unfortunate people suffer, or DIE, than it is to ask a rich man for even one more dime.
THIS is the Rushpubliscum Party. THIS is their agenda. They are more than willing to shut the Government down in order to punish the unfortunate among us. That is the truth; there simply is no denying it.
If you vote Rushpubliscum, you are one selfish, stupid, sorry puke.