Monday, September 8, 2008

Sarah Palin: Lipstick or Lip Service?

Blogger Emily Elizabeth, who has a 4-year-old daughter with Down Syndrome, has written a well-crafted analysis on Gov. Palin's statements, record, and positions on issues affecting people with disabilities.

Reacting to Gov. Palin's mocking of Sen. Obama's support for government programs, Emily says, "I fail to understand how a candidate who disavows Big Government will be able to advocate successfully for the disability community -- a community that has historically lobbied for more government, not less. The disability community has spent decades trying to pass more legislation protecting the rights of those with disabilities; to create more publicly funded programs to provide support of and access to those rights; and to increase budgets allocated to self-sufficiency programs."

About Gov. Palin's promise to be a "friend" for special-needs families, Emily says, "So Sarah, if you are the pitbull in lipstick you say you are, put the lip-service away and bring it on. Because we need more than a friend. We need an advocate."

If any of the candidates want to help people with Down Syndrome, they should take a look at the National Down Syndrome Society's legislative priorities. These are the real issues and programs that need attention -- and specific plans.
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