I just don't get it

@Thoroughrob (11771)
United States
February 21, 2007 2:03pm CST
President Proposes Cuts to Critical Disability Programs in FY 2008 Budget On February 5, 2007, President Bush released his budget proposal, marking the official start of the federal funding cycle. The president's budget recommends cuts to most health, education and workforce programs of importance to Easter Seals. For example, the president proposes a $13 million cut to the early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. The budget also proposes limitations on Medicaid services to children and adults with disabilities. Congress is unlikely to accept these cuts and will develop its own spending plan this spring. Easter Seals will provide input and guidance to Congress throughout the budget and appropriations process. Help Champion Easter Seals' Priorities in the Budget Debate Take Action -- Tell Congress to preserve and protect essential programs that empower people with disabilities. Children and adults with disabilities and their families are among our nation's most vulnerable citizens. For many, their quality of life is dictated by the availability of services and supports, many of which come only from government. To date, government and marketplace solutions have yet to meet the needs of this population as they strive for health, productivity and independence.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
Oh my god! That's a horrible thing to do. Why the need for cuts? What he needs to do is pull away from Iraq. That money can goes to spend on people that really needed it, instead of on country that only cause us many deaths and money. I just don't get it. I probably sound selfish, but I think we should focus on our own people instead. P.S. I am not American yet. I don't know why I started to refering myself like an American. =D I have become Americanize.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
It's not a horrible thng to say & I agree. Bush has done nothng but flush our money down the toliet & now wants the disabled to pay for his mistakes!
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@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I am just tired of the cutting of benefits to the people that can't help themselves. It does not make sense. Cut somewhere else.
@blueskies (1186)
• United States
21 Feb 07
WHAT!!?? As the mother of a child with a disability, I am outraged. It is already difficult to obtain services for your disabled child, yet he feels these are prime areas to make budget cuts? Unbelievable. Do you have a link so I can read more about this? Is there a petition I can sign? Maybe I should write Hillary a little letter. She is on of our state senators. I can't see her endorsing this.
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I read about it at the Easter seals website. Someone sent it to me. I wish they would leave the disabled and elderly alone. They like to pick on people that can't help themselves. I am a mother of a disabled son also. It is difficult to get services here already.
• United States
21 Feb 07
I have a disabled daughter & I am PISSED to say the least about this. Thank God this is Bush's last term - d@mn monster! Picking on the disabled.
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@flowerchilde (12520)
• United States
5 Apr 07
That's sad news! Whatever happened to all states cutting back so there's less government waste? Especially after 9/11 and also Katrina, they were all talking the talk.. Around here.. we got the DNA dumping stuff in Lake Michigan (I forget what exactly, but it ain't good) and then they made a law that all the bakers have to account for all the flour they use.. Now how many jobs are we paying now so they know where this dangerous substance is going? I pretty much avoid white flour products, but this is a little ridiculous.. If we added up all such programs (jobs created for buddies? or what?) there'd be lots of money for disabled folks.. I heard the food stamp program was also suggested for cuts..
• United States
5 Apr 07
..some of these same programs were cut in the 90's too.. how low can you go?
• United States
5 Apr 07
Oh, I meant to add, no one's doing anything about the DNA's dumping in Lake Michigan.. but then they make a dumb pointless law instead.. sorry..
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I heard about this a while back as I work for a company that works with helping people with disabilities to become successfully employed and well educated in using computers and doing office work. It was very appalling to all of us in my company and we have voiced our opinions about this. It is horrible that Bush would even think about doing something like this to our people and our children who have physical and mental limitations. He is probably planning on taking this money and put it toward the war in Iraq. I was very upset when I first heard about this terrible plan.
@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
22 Feb 07
Hopefully congress will not let it happen. It is awful.
@clownfish (3278)
• United States
5 Apr 07
I think with Hilary Clinton sponsoring an autism bill, I think that at least some of our politicians see that resources need to be turned back to our people instead of spent on (___insert adjective___) wars that do nothing but get people killed, take resources away from the US, and rack up more debt than we can ever pay off. Maybe we should start letter writing campaigns, let Hilary Clinton know that she is supported and that what she is doing makes a huge difference to those of us NOT ONLY affected by autism, but dealing with disabilities, so that they know we need this support from the government. I'm sure all the cuts are just to fund Iraq. Someone needs to tell bush "No, it's time to take care of our own country now." :-)
@coolseeds (3925)
• United States
1 Apr 07
I didn't vote for Bush. Personally I think all who voted for him need to be examined. I didn't want Kerry either. The last election was a mess. Bush needs 50 billion dollars to fight in Iraq. He has money. Why should he care about any thing other than his dreams to take over the oil. Bush has OCD. He is obsessed with Iraq. So was his dad. I can't believe that people would be so stupid to vote for some one who supports war. I wouldn't go to war unless I was beside the president's children. If I can go then so can they. Actually they are closer to the war than I am. They should be fighting on the front line. I think we need more options than a democrat or republican. I didn't pick Bush or Kerry to run. They are both a waste of water.
• United States
22 Feb 07
As the saying goes... the rich get richer, the poor get poorer. Somehow I truly think our government has lost all touch with reality and what our country truly goes through on a daily basis. They think everyone lives in their world of leisure, good income, great health insurance and wonderful opportunity and those that don't choose to be where they are. I think until they wake up and truly see our country we're going to see more and more of this.
• United States
22 Feb 07
OH, UNBELIEEEEEEEEEEEVABLE!!!! What happened to no child left behind!!!!!!!!!!! I sure will do my part, you can count on that. I am so dismayed at this....I have absolutely no respect for this man anymore!!!! This really is disheartening for people...shows he really doesn't care too much about those who need the help the most! WE NEED TO HELP OUR OWN BEFORE FOREIGN COUNTRIES!!!!!
@globell45 (143)
• United States
22 Feb 07
The first thing to go was the help for the people who get hurt at work. They took most the rights away for the injured worker and gave the big fat insurance companys more leg room to hurt them financially and physically. Now they are trying to hurt the disabled and the disabled children. Does this surprise anyone? Comp companies destroy families and push them off on Social Security and get away with it. It seems like our government needs to step back and look at who the bad guys are. It isn't our disabled or our disabled children. Its the cheap... insurance companies who pass the buck.