People Pusher Beliefs

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. - John F. Kennedy

Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake. - Henry David Thoreau

The Mission of the People Pusher

It's about the people, stupid.

That's a campaign slogan I wish someone had adopted. In our world today, so much is focused on "platforms" and ideology that is not about the people. The People Pusher wants you to think about that.

At the end of everyone's life, what are they thinking about? Some are seeking redemption for the things they know they did that were "bad." Others are thinking "did I leave my mark on the world?" Still others haven't figured out yet that you can't take the bank account, high profile career, McMansion, or any of that with you.

In the end, the hope is that we are all thinking about who was loved, who we helped, and how we behaved in the community of humanity.

This blog is focused on people issues. And the mission of the People Pusher is that you will think about the people, too.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

McCain Between the Lines: No Funding for Programs for People with Disabilities?

Tonight, John McCain made a point several times to point a finger at Barack Obama for speaking eloquently to hide other things.

Well, I've got news for John McCain: what you said "between the lines" - not so eloquently by the way - was that under your administration you would not fund federal programs for people with disabilities.

What? You say... you didn't hear that?

Let me translate for you. First, you need to know that in the world of disabilities, where we as a group are targeted by the "no tax" right, are often told that tax money should not pay for services. Instead, people should be able to donate to the charities of their choice. Now that you know that, I will tell you what John McCain said tonight that means no federal funding for programs.

He said (and for the moment I have to loosely quote until I can get a transcript) that the government has to invest in research for autism and that we need to "take care of these families...and everyone in America will reach into their pockets to do that."

He did not say, "we need to increase funding to the Medicaid waiver program." He said "reach into their pockets." This implies that people will donate money, not pay taxes for this purpose.

Be careful what you wish for, all you parents of children with "special needs."


Coloradan said...

Your blog is very informative. I noticed McCain's comments and it sickens me that he's using people with developmental disabilities to try and get votes. Neither he nor Palin are advocating for my son. She's totally uninformed on the issues of special education and the terminology in IDEA. She knows nothing of waiting lists! They will reform which means cut the programs and social programs that are so badly needed now. Good information People Pusher!!!!

Terri said...

McCain and Palin, thus far, have exploited and pandered to families of "special needs children." Their plan is that our kids not be citizens, but recipients of charity--which can be given or taken away at the whims of whomever.

People Pusher said...

Thank you so much for your comment. I visited your blog and left a comment for you there about contacting me. I hope you will.