Palin Cut Funds for Special Olympics
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm
In response to my story this morning on how Gov. Sarah Palin couches her discussion of special-needs children in anti-abortion rights language, several readers have pointed out that Palin’s record as governor of Alaska isn’t as stellar on the issue as she has trumpeted. That’s more evidence that the discussion isn’t really about disabled kids.
According to Think Progress, as governor, Palin vetoed $275,000 in funds for the Special Olympics Alaska.
Think Progress also points out that Palin has claimed she allocated additional funding for special-needs education, though the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Mike Hawker, says she had nothing to do with it.
The crowds I watched in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia roared their approval at Palin’s talk on special-needs children. But most of the talk that resonated was more symbolic than specific. “John [McCain] and I have a vision of America where every innocent life counts,” she said. “Where everyone has a chance to contribute and every child is cherished. And that’s the spirit I want to bring to Washington, D.C.”
For her supporters, maybe it isn’t the actions for special-needs children that matter so much as what the undercurrent of her words means.
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