The other day I got a nice e-mail from Taegan Goddard, pointing me to this post:
Irony of the Day
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), who has a child with Down Syndrome, today blasted President Obama's attempt at a joke which insulted people with special needs.
Said Palin: "I was shocked to learn of the comment made by President Obama about Special Olympics. This was a degrading remark about our world's most precious and unique people, coming from the most powerful position in the world."
This comes on the same day that Palin refused to accept over 30% of the federal economic stimulus money being offered to Alaska. According to the Anchorage Daily News, "the biggest single chunk of money Palin is turning down is about $170 million for education, including money that would go for programs to help... special needs students."
See, this is "ironic" because the government is the only entity that can help anybody. If you take a stand against unrestrained government spending, you're not allowed to be offended by a slur against people like your own son. Made by the President of the United States. On the Tonight Show. Because by trying to impede the government from throwing around a whole bunch of taxpayers' money, by standing on principle, you're actually hurting your own child.
That's the mindset, anyway.
Hey, which government agency handles the Special Olympics? Is that at the state or federal level?
P.S. John Manders e-mails:
With a state budget surplus of between $5-9 billion, maybe Alaska doesn't need Obama's money.Posted by Jim Treacher at March 22, 2009 12:31 PM
Nobody considers this when fuming about Sarah Palin's reaction to his Special Olympics gaffe, and how she ought to be funneling federal cash at the program.