The Political Pendulum

Posts Tagged ‘Special Needs Education

As a parent of a child with special needs my jaw dropped when I heard Sarah Palin pander to Special Needs parents, in a desperate attempt to secure more women voters.

To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.”

This might have been more palatable if you hadn’t cut Special Education by 62% in Alaska.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/07_OMB/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf  Budget before Palin’s Cuts.

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/08_OMB/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf 2009

http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/09_OMB/budget/EED/comp2735.pdf

 

I commend Sarah Palin for her ability to juggle work and family and don’t think that should disqualify her as a candidate for Vice President.  However, I do take offense when she panders to Special Needs for political gain.  Sarah Palin has never had to call an insurance company and listen to the rhetoric that denies her special needs child coverage.  I think Hillary Rosen said it best when she said.

‘McCain and Palin get their health insurance paid for by the government (hers in Alaska and his in Washington). Yet they oppose giving the nearly 46 million uninsured Americans the same access to affordable health care.”

Last night I heard Sarah Palin give an amazing speech geared at rallying her base, but what it lacked for me, personally, was substance.