Palin Cut Funds for Special Olympics

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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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24 Comments

Democrats 08
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

Palin really is just Bush / Cheney in a dress. Look at this ignorant woman's stance on the issues, Palin is more in line with the mindset of the failure Bush administration than even McCain is. This is the future of the Republican party? Americans need to realize once and for all, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. The Republican way has failed the United States for decades, it's over and it needs to stay over permanently. Our future, economy, health and security are not some fun game. Do not vote for this very foolish, careless, ignorant woman unless you really hate America. A vote for Palin is a vote for going backwards to the Bush years once again, don't do it, don't let this failed, diseased thinking back into our White House.


Gretchen
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:21 pm

That doesn't surprise me. I was aghast when, in Palin's “special needs” policy speech she made fun of fruit fly research in France and said it was something a McCain administration would cut in order to find $ to fund programs for autism. Well Palin, fruit fly research has recently led to some of the major breakthroughs in understanding autism!!! What a dolt she is!

She seems totally ignorant (and even sarcastic) about science. Her support for special needs is superficial at best.


uh
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

This is garbage. Palin vetoed a budget proposal. Why don't you take the time to actually look up the budget that passed and report that Palin increased Special Olympic funding from $250,000 in the 2007 budget to $275,000 in the 2008 budget. Since that is what happened.

or are facts to difficult for you process?


notolipstickedpigs
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:24 pm

I COULDN'T AGREE WITH YOU MORE!!!!!!!!


dan
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

Her constant pimping of her special needs kid makes me sick. You heard me….she's “pimping” that poor baby, who should be at home instead of on a campaign trail. That goes for the rest of her kids too.


skidog323
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:28 pm

Sarah Plain Jane and John McClueless are very good at talking what a group of fringe people want to hear, but with little substance, and in this case little truth.

Wait until her special child gets older and wants to swim, run, or play basketball, and see if see cuts the money then. My guess is that she cut the money before she had her son, and now that the table has turned, things are different.

Wonder how she would feel if her daughter was raped by a relative and was going to die if she did not lose the fetus due to a medical complication. I wonder if she would then pick life over her daughter's life.

I wonder if her husband had early onset alzheimers, and she had no money for nursing care, if she would be so quick to veto stem cell research. Even strong conservatives like Orin Hatch support Stem Cell research.

Please support our special children!!!


jean
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

I think that if the american were able to reelest Bush a second time i beleive that palin will be good enough for them


bobdole
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:30 pm

From deleting funds for the special olympics to forcing rape victims to pay for their own rape kits at the hospital, if this is what compassionate Christian conseravtives are doing in government, then it is no wonder that I stopped going to church.


Steven Ertelt
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:35 pm

Actually, Palin's record is very strong on supporting special needs children.

During her speech Palin said, “as governor, I've succeeded in securing additional funding and assistance for students with special needs. By 2011, I will have tripled the funding available to these students.”

That appears to be the case.

Overall funding for special needs students has increased every year since Sarah Palin entered office as governor. Palin increased the amount from $219 million in 2007 to a projected $276 million in 2009.

In March, Palin signed a bill that will nearly triple per-pupil funding over three years for special needs students with high-cost requirements.

The per-pupil funding grew in Alaska under Palin's administration from $26,900 in fiscal year 2008 to $73,840 devoted to fiscal year 2011.

Palin has also directed state funds to other special needs programs.This funding includes $500,000 for diagnostic services for autistic children and $250,000 for training in early autism intervention in her fiscal year 2009 budget.

In an April interview with Education Week the executive director of the Association of Alaska School Boards called the new funding a “historic event.”

Carl Rose “praised the changes in funding for rural schools and students with special needs as a 'historic event,' and said the finance overhaul would bring more stability to district budgets,” the publication reported.


Joseph Svabodhi
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:38 pm

If Palin wanted to help the special needs children she would be working for Easter Seals.

She appears to me as an ambitous opportunist.

The Republicans need to get a new face for their party or they are really going to marginalize themselves.


SaneMan
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:43 pm

Without lies the Republican candidates would be silent.


uh
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 1:43 pm

Please show where the $211,509 that went to Paris, France for olive fruit fly research earmarked by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) was related to autism research. All the scientists claim that Drosophila fruit flies, not the olive fruit flies (Bactrocera oleae) are assisting with autism research.

Guess Gov Palin knows a bit more than you about sciene.


Democrats 08
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

Palin really is just Bush / Cheney in a dress. Look at this ignorant woman's stance on the issues, Palin is more in line with the mindset of the failure Bush administration than even McCain is. This is the future of the Republican party? Americans need to realize once and for all, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. The Republican way has failed the United States for decades, it's over and it needs to stay over permanently. Our future, economy, health and security are not some fun game. Do not vote for this very foolish, careless, ignorant woman unless you really hate America. A vote for Palin is a vote for going backwards to the Bush years once again, don't do it, don't let this failed, diseased thinking back into our White House.


Gretchen
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 8:21 pm

That doesn't surprise me. I was aghast when, in Palin's “special needs” policy speech she made fun of fruit fly research in France and said it was something a McCain administration would cut in order to find $ to fund programs for autism. Well Palin, fruit fly research has recently led to some of the major breakthroughs in understanding autism!!! What a dolt she is!

She seems totally ignorant (and even sarcastic) about science. Her support for special needs is superficial at best.


uh
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 8:23 pm

This is garbage. Palin vetoed a budget proposal. Why don't you take the time to actually look up the budget that passed and report that Palin increased Special Olympic funding from $250,000 in the 2007 budget to $275,000 in the 2008 budget. Since that is what happened.

or are facts to difficult for you process?


notolipstickedpigs
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 8:24 pm

I COULDN'T AGREE WITH YOU MORE!!!!!!!!


dan
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

Her constant pimping of her special needs kid makes me sick. You heard me….she's “pimping” that poor baby, who should be at home instead of on a campaign trail. That goes for the rest of her kids too.


skidog323
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

Sarah Plain Jane and John McClueless are very good at talking what a group of fringe people want to hear, but with little substance, and in this case little truth.

Wait until her special child gets older and wants to swim, run, or play basketball, and see if see cuts the money then. My guess is that she cut the money before she had her son, and now that the table has turned, things are different.

Wonder how she would feel if her daughter was raped by a relative and was going to die if she did not lose the fetus due to a medical complication. I wonder if she would then pick life over her daughter's life.

I wonder if her husband had early onset alzheimers, and she had no money for nursing care, if she would be so quick to veto stem cell research. Even strong conservatives like Orin Hatch support Stem Cell research.

Please support our special children!!!


jean
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

I think that if the american were able to reelest Bush a second time i beleive that palin will be good enough for them


bobdole
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

From deleting funds for the special olympics to forcing rape victims to pay for their own rape kits at the hospital, if this is what compassionate Christian conseravtives are doing in government, then it is no wonder that I stopped going to church.


Steven Ertelt
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 8:35 pm

Actually, Palin's record is very strong on supporting special needs children.

During her speech Palin said, “as governor, I've succeeded in securing additional funding and assistance for students with special needs. By 2011, I will have tripled the funding available to these students.”

That appears to be the case.

Overall funding for special needs students has increased every year since Sarah Palin entered office as governor. Palin increased the amount from $219 million in 2007 to a projected $276 million in 2009.

In March, Palin signed a bill that will nearly triple per-pupil funding over three years for special needs students with high-cost requirements.

The per-pupil funding grew in Alaska under Palin's administration from $26,900 in fiscal year 2008 to $73,840 devoted to fiscal year 2011.

Palin has also directed state funds to other special needs programs.This funding includes $500,000 for diagnostic services for autistic children and $250,000 for training in early autism intervention in her fiscal year 2009 budget.

In an April interview with Education Week the executive director of the Association of Alaska School Boards called the new funding a “historic event.”

Carl Rose “praised the changes in funding for rural schools and students with special needs as a 'historic event,' and said the finance overhaul would bring more stability to district budgets,” the publication reported.


Joseph Svabodhi
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 8:38 pm

If Palin wanted to help the special needs children she would be working for Easter Seals.

She appears to me as an ambitous opportunist.

The Republicans need to get a new face for their party or they are really going to marginalize themselves.


SaneMan
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 8:43 pm

Without lies the Republican candidates would be silent.


uh
Comment posted October 29, 2008 @ 8:43 pm

Please show where the $211,509 that went to Paris, France for olive fruit fly research earmarked by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) was related to autism research. All the scientists claim that Drosophila fruit flies, not the olive fruit flies (Bactrocera oleae) are assisting with autism research.

Guess Gov Palin knows a bit more than you about sciene.


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