President Obama is currently exploiting Down syndrome at his website barackobama.com. He has published a letter, ostensibly from a grown Downs adult (although at the end she says she had help writing the letter from her obviously partisan relatives), that begins as follows:
Hello! My name is Brittany and I live in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. I am 25 years old (but I will be 26 on October 3rd!). I am a registered Democrat and I have been voting since I was 18. I am one of the 47% of Americans who fall under Mitt Romney’s definition of “entitled” and “unable to take responsibility for my life.” I have Down syndrome.
. . . .
I have also included my picture, not just because I’m cute, but because I wanted to give you a face of one of the 47% to share with Mr. Romney.
I wish you would come to Pennsylvania because I would really like to meet you.
Please say hello to your wife, Michelle, for me. I wish I could live in the White House, too, and I like your dog, Bo.
P.S. My mom and her friend helped me write this.
I bet mom and her friend would like to come along to the White House, too.
If Barack Obama could feel shame, he would probably start with his inclusion of this letter on his site. First of all, Obama supports allowing women to kill babies like Brittany, at least up until the time they are born.
Second, one of the most prominent Down syndrome babies in recent years has been Trig Palin. And while I’m sure you can find evidence of Obama giving lip service to the idea that Sarah Palin should not be mocked for keeping Trig, he didn’t go out of his way to tamp down the mockery his supporters heaped on her. Indeed, perhaps the most prominent Trig Truther, Andrew Sullivan, is a favorite of Obama’s:
I read all of the New York Times columnists. Krugman’s obviously one of the smartest economic reporters out there, but I also read some of the conservative columnists, just to get a sense of where those arguments are going. There are a handful of blogs, Andrew Sullivan’s on the Daily Beast being an example, that combine thoughtful analysis with a sampling of lots of essays that are out there.
Obama loves Sullivan so much he invited him to a state dinner at the White House this year.
But wait! I’m not done yet! How about those upcoming ObamaCare taxes? Looks like they’re going to hit the parents of special needs children especially hard:
The 30-35 million American who use a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) at work to pay for their family’s basic medical needs will face a new government cap of $2,500 (currently the accounts are unlimited under federal law, though employers are allowed to set a cap).
There is one group of FSA owners for whom this new cap will be particularly cruel and onerous: parents of special needs children. There are several million families with special needs children in the United States, and many of them use FSAs to pay for special needs education. Tuition rates at one leading school that teaches special needs children in Washington, D.C. (National Child Research Center) can easily exceed $14,000 per year. Under tax rules, FSA dollars can be used to pay for this type of special needs education.
This Obamacare tax provision will limit the options available to these families.
Please, President Obama, don’t pretend you’re on Brittany’s side, on the side of Down syndrome babies/fetuses or their parents, or that you have any right whatsoever to exploit this particular issue.
Thanks to dana.